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 baked pear galette on a white surface.

Pear Galette

Less fussy than a pie. With a charmingly and endearingly imperfect appearance that’s an ease to toss together. And a spare sweetness that’s easy on the hips. You’re welcome.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 0
A muffin tin filled with pumpkin muffins in paper liners.

Pumpkin Muffins

The perfect answer for anyone who may feel a touch sheepish about indulging in pumpkin pie for breakfast.

  • (3)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H
  • 12
Three coconut popsicles in a dish filled with ice.

Coconut Popsicles

We dubbed these lovelies “stealthy healthy” cuz they’re creamy, satiating, unadulterated loveliness would never lead you to believe they’re actually healthy.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 2 H
  • 16
Five baked blueberry pecan muffins on a wooden surface.

Blueberry Pecan Muffins

Our quest for memorable-in-a-lovely-way blueberry muffins has been decades-long and riddled with disappointment. Here’s the muffin recipe that changed our tune as well as our ‘tude.

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  • 10 M
  • 50 M
  • 0
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.

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  • 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
A little girl eating a strawberry ice pop.

Strawberry Ice Pops ~ Paletas de Fresa

You can imagine the expression of unabashed happiness that’s on the strawberry-smudged face that goes with the sweet little hand holding this popsicle.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 19