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 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
Sweet Cream Ice Cream

Sweet Cream Ice Cream

No vanilla. No eggs. Just cream, sugar, cream cheese, and plain and simple goodness like you’ve never imagined. A sweet cream sensation.

  • 15 M
  • 10 H
  • 8
Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie

We’re not going to do a song and dance to try to entice you to bake this cherry pie. We don’t need to. Just look at it. A stunner, right? And wait’ll you taste it. Here’s how to make it.

  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 22
A red plate with a slice of country pate, crostini, cornichons, pickled onions, and a dollop of mustard

Country Pâté

Easy as meatloaf (we swear), this melding of some of the richest things we know—pork shoulder, liver, and duck fat—along with spices, a splash of brandy, and some wine makes a simple, rustic country pâté that’s perfect for entertaining.

  • Quick Glance
  • 1 H
  • 7 H
  • 4
A grey platter of Italian-style chicken braised in wine with a spoon resting on top

Italian-Style Braised Chicken in Wine

This rustic classic is infused with that Italian charm that transforms everyday ingredients into something that’s both insanely comforting yet seemingly luxurious.

  • Quick Glance
  • 50 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A metal baking dish filled with meatball lasagna, with one piece missing

Meatball Lasagna

A playful riff on an Italian comfort food classic that calls for bite-size meatballs standing in for the usual meat sauce. Yet all the cheesy goodness of traditional lasagna remains unchanged.

  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 3 H
  • 2
A bowl of rice topped with red cooked pork and a pair of chopsticks resting on the bowl. A plate of red cooked pork on the side

Red Cooked Pork

A Chinese classic that you can make at home with fewer ingredients and less fuss than you’d ever imagine.

  • Quick Glance
  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 2