Elie Nassar, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Elie Nassar has tested.

Elie Nassar

Elie (pronounced E-lee) takes any and every possible free moment to cook. When he’s not roasting, baking, and curing or smoking meat, he can be found reading and learning about food. He’s been an LC tester here for more than 10 years and really enjoys the science-y and analytical side of testing (weight measures and thermometers rule!). He was born and raised in Lebanon, so Lebanese food is definitely his favorite. (He makes a killer hummus. Let him know if you want his simple yet perfect recipe.) Elie moved to Texas for college in the mid ’90s and promptly developed a passion for real beef barbecue. He especially enjoys baking naturally leavened bread and pizza, making charcuterie and slowly smoking brisket over mesquite. Elie lives in the Houston, Texas, area with his wife and two hungry boys and works in the energy consulting sector to pay the grocery bills.

A chipped white bowl filled with Cajun chicken and sausage gumbo and a scoop of rice with a spoon resting in it.

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“Your family will think you are AMAZING.” “A straightforward, real deal Cajun gumbo that everyone loved.” “Easy and affordable.” “A keeper!” That’s what folks are saying about this gumbo.

  • 2 H
  • 2 H, 45 M
  • 4
An oval gratin dish filled with butternut squash gratin

Butternut Squash Gratin

“One of the best things I’ve EVER made.” “Beautiful.” “Comforting.” “Delicious.” “Easy.” That’s what folks are saying about this simple and satiating casserole.

  • 25 M
  • 50 M
  • 10
Two loaves of Hungarian coffee cake, one partially sliced to show swirled pattern inside.

Hungarian Coffee Cake

“Moist and rich and not too sweet and airy.” “Delicious, indulgent, adult- and kid-pleasing.” “Perfect.” That’s what folks are saying about this.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 4 H
  • 4
An earthenware bowl partially filled with kohlrabi kraut.

Kohlrabi Kraut

Turn that alien-looking vegetable turns into something that’s surprising as well as satisfying.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 0
Six apple and white cheddar scones on a piece of parchment on top of a cooling rack.

Apple and White Cheddar Scones

These sweetly savory scones take the traditional sweet and savory intermingling of apple pie and Cheddar and make it portable and pastry perfect.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 12
A loaf of ciabatta, sliced, and filled with large air holes

Ciabatta

Every once in a while, along comes a loaf of bread that’s so rustic, so memorable, it ruins every other bread experience. Here’s that loaf.

  • 30 M
  • 4 H, 20 M
  • 307
A short glass filled with a mint mojito, muddled mint leaves, a wedge of lime, and several ice cubes.

Mexican Mojito

Inspired by its Cuban cousin, this Mexican mojito is sexy and suave thanks to a smooooooth tequila.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2
A hand holding a scoop of Ben & Jerry New York super fudge chunk in a sugar cone.

New York Super Fudge Chunk

Ben & Jerry, we love you and we always will. But we make our own Super Fudge Chunk now that’s even more riddled with chunks of all sorts of super fudge-y spectacularness.

  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 11
A wooden cutting board topped with a rack of smoked pork ribs, some cut into individual ribs, and a cleaver lying beside them.

Smoked Pork Ribs

Our newest favorite reason to fire up the smoker. No lie.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 4 H, 30 M
  • 0
An open plastic bag of homemade pancake mix with a mug for scooping and an ice cream scoop on the side for the batter.

Homemade Pancake Mix

Homemade buttermilk pancakes can be yours any day of the week thanks to a stash of this handy DIY pancake mix.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 9
Two slabs of bone-in smoked beef ribs.

Smoked Beef Ribs

Indulge your primal human instinct to throw some meat down on fire. [Insert caveman roar of satisfaction here.]

  • 30 M
  • 8 H
  • 2
A grey plate topped with steak and quinoa salad with shaved carrots and mustard vinaigrette.

Steak and Quinoa Salad

An exceptionally easy and ridiculously satisfying use for that leftover grilled steak from your backyard barbecue.

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A black bowl filled with curried pork ramen, jammy egg, bok choy, sliced radish, and basil.

Curried Pork Ramen

A truly slurp-worthy and Instagram-able bowl of noodles that’ll satiate any ramen craving.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 9 H, 25 M
  • 0