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 turkey cobb burger--a turkey hamburger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, bacon, blue cheese, and avocado

Cobb Turkey Burger

The classic Cobb salad is transformed into a burger. And oh, what a burger it is!

  • 25 M
  • 25 M
  • 2
Two white plate of farro salad with radicchio and almonds, bowl of lemons, napkin

Farro Salad with Radicchio and Almonds

Eating healthy can get tiresome if you’re not careful. Fortunately you have this stunner of a summer salad to yank you out of your food rut.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
Blackberry Ice Cream

Blackberry Ice Cream

So exquisite it’s making folks say “This recipe is a 10.” and “Perfect.” and “Gloriously smooth.” and “Very rich.” and “The looks on my family’s faces said it all. Translation goes something like, ‘Oh my god, what is this?!'”

  • Quick Glance
  • 30 M
  • 1 M
  • 10
Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

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
A square of polenta with layers of meat sauce on a plate with a fork, two glasses of wine

Polenta Cake with Meat Sauce

In this inspired Italian creation, traditional lasagna noodles are supplanted by polenta. Trust us, you’ll feel no guilt nor regret over forsaking custom.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 2 H
  • 12
Mushroom Miso Soup

Miso Ginger Dressing

Miso ginger dressing is a creamy, easy, rich, healthy, lovely dressing for vegetables, salads, fish, chicken, or just about anything else you can think to smother with it.

  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
Apple Cranberry Crisp

Apple Cranberry Crisp

How poetic that a recipe whose ingredients scream out for Thanksgiving would, in and of itself, be reason to give thanks.

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 4
Old Fashioned Cocktail

Old-Fashioned Cocktail

This riff on the classic is slightly spicy and not too sweet and nothing if not pretty darn close to perfect.

  • Quick Glance
  • 5 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Homemade Larabars

Homemade Larabars

We got nothing against the Larabars we’ve been noshing for years, save for the fancy packaging and the crazy price tag.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 185
Homemade Pancake Mix

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
  • 4
Pickled Cherries

Pickled Cherries

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

  • Quick Glance
  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 4