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.

Six coffee-crusted grilled pork chops on a speckled platter.

Coffee Crusted Grilled Pork Chops

“Wow!” “Off-the-charts good!” “Divine.” “Amazingly juicy and tender.” “A definite keeper.” That’s what we’re hearing about these subtly and beguilingly spiced chops.

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 6
Vanilla and chocolate waffle cones on a white marble surface.

Waffle Cones

Sweet, rich, buttery, and oh so charming, these homemade waffle cones take very little time and far less effort than you’d ever expect. So worth it.

  • Quick Glance
  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
A ball of burrata for burrata with grilled bread sitting in a few tablespoons of oil in a white bowl.

Burrata with Grilled Bread

This is less a recipe and more a reminder as to the fact that some nights, simple cheese and bread and olive oil makes a perfectly respectable—enviable, even—supper.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 15 M
  • 8
Three red wine popsicles on a silver tray.

Red Wine Popsicles

Should red wine go to that popsicle place? Heck yeah. They don’t call ’em sultry summer evenings for nothing. (But please, not your best bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.)

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 8 H, 40 M
  • 6
A mason jar mostly filled with pickled cherries, pickling liquid, star anise, and a cinnamon stick.

Pickled Cherries

An easy, unexpected way to extend cherry season that’s tartly sweet, subtly spiced, and surprisingly irresistible.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 16
Strips of homemade red wine pasta on a wooden surface.

Homemade Red Wine Pasta

When we say this intensely hued pasta is simply stunning, we mean not just that breathtaking to behold but that that it comes together so simply it stuns us.

  • (2)
  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 9
Six Alabama muffin biscuits in a muffin tin.

Alabama Muffin Biscuits

These curiously named, easy peasy, shamelessly simple meldings of biscuit and muffins may make you swear off roll-out biscuits for good.

  • (3)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 21
A loaf of Jewish rye bread, cur in half, one half balancing on the other

Jewish Rye Bread

Who doesn’t love Jewish rye bread? The not-so-secret secret behind this recipe is the brilliant inclusion of onions and caraway seeds in the starter for a far more complex taste.

  • Quick Glance
  • 50 M
  • 16 H
  • 6
Two stacks of cornmeal griddle cakes on a patterned plate.

Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Shirttail cousins to corn bread, these savory cakes wooed and wowed us with their crisped edges, ethereally airy interior, and pantry-friendly frugality.

  • (12)
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 53