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.

An apricot tart with high sides and a crumble topping, sitting on a metal cookie sheet.

Apricot Tart

Sweet but not too sweet, this simple summer dessert is essentially the French take on fruit crumble. Mon Dieu, we love the French.

A glass of Mexican mojito with lime slices floating in it and a mint sprig garnish.

Mexican Mojito

Inspired by its Cuban cousin, this Mexican mojito might even be sexier and suaver thanks to that bad boy, smooth tequila. Buena onda, indeed.

A person holding an ice cream cone with 2 scoops of blackberry ice cream.

Blackberry Ice Cream

So exquisite it makes folks say “This recipe is a 10.” and “Perfect.” and “Gloriously smooth.” and “Very rich.” Blackberries, lime, and cream, and not much else.

A piece of smoked salmon with bourbon marinade on a baking sheet with lemon slices and a fork.

Smoked Salmon with Bourbon Marinade

Give your smoker something to look forward to—sweet tea and bourbon are a swoon-worthy marinade for a salmon fillet. Leftovers are perfect for bagels and cream cheese.

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.]

A whole cherry pie with a lattice crust on a baking sheet on a wood table.

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.

Two individual blueberry pies on on a wooden table with forks beside them.

Blueberry Pie

The mere mention of blueberry pie sorta makes you wanna stop everything and sprint to the kitchen, doesn’t it?

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.

A wooden cutting board topped with two rack of smoked pork ribs.

Smoked Pork Ribs

Our latest obsession? These beauties pretty much became our fave reason to fire up the smoker the instant we first tasted them. No lie.

A tray of brownies for a crowd with one brownie missing.

Brownies for a Crowd

“So satisfying.” “Cakey and chocolatey.” “Everything a brownie should be.” That’s what folks are saying about this crowd-pleaser of a chocolate fix.