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 serving of easy tiramisu on a white plate with a spoon resting on the side and a shot of espresso in the background.

Easy Tiramisu

Everyone’s all talking about politics and we’re just over here helping ourselves to more of this updated version of the classic that’s creamy and boozy and subtly sweet in a perfect sorta way.

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  • 5
A stack of six homemade tater tots, sprinkled with sea salt.

Homemade Tater Tots ~ Spuddies

A spuddy, you ask? It’s what happens when a chef creates crisp potato-y lusciousness but the name Tater Tots™ is already taken.

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A white bowl with a serving of blueberry clafouti, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a spoon resting in the bowl.

Blueberry Clafouti

Clafouti came into creation, we suspect, when angels got a little indulgent while making breakfast and ended up with something that veered into the realm of dessert. Our sorta divine intervention.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 35 M
  • 10
A baked mini quiche for one on a white plate.

Mini Quiche for One

Quiche for one? It sounds a lot more ambitious than it actually is. It’s truly a cinch to make. So go on. Love yourself a little. Or a lot.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
Three glasses of classic mojito, with two lime wedges and a jar of sugar beside them.

Classic Mojito

Rumor has it “mojito” translates roughly as “little spell.” We’ll willingly fall under the spell of rum, mint, and sugar any day.

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  • 5 M
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Four veal cutlets in a white wine lemon sauce with lemon slices and capers in a skillet for veal piccata.

Veal Piccata

“Everyone loved it, including the kiddos.” “Quick and easy.” “Perfect.” “As good as any restaurant piccata I’ve ever had.” That’s what folks are saying about this recipe.

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  • 35 M
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  • 20
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.

  • (1)
  • 45 M
  • 4 H
  • 6
A plastic bag filled with homemade pancake mix and cup resting in the mix and a wet ice cream scoop on the side.

Homemade Pancake Mix

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

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  • 10 M
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  • 13
Two white plates with overnight sourdough waffles, blueberries, butter, and syrup on them.

Overnight Sourdough Waffles

Overnight sourdough waffles that are prepped before bed, so you’ll be easily sitting down to these flavorsome beauties that boast an ever so slight tang with your first cup of coffee.

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  • 15 M
  • 12 H
  • 4
A bowl of Cuban black bean soup with a wooden ladle next to a yellow plate filled with white rice.

Cuban Black Bean Soup

This Havana-style black bean soup is gonna surprise you with just how intensely flavored it is despite calling for inexpensive everyday ingredients.

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  • 40 M
  • 3 H, 15 M
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