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, curing or smoking meat, he can be found reading and learning about food. He’s been an LC tester since 2003 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.

Besides cooking, watching and writing about movies is another of his passions. He combines both on his blog, Oven-Dried Tomatoes, where he writes about cooking, cocktails, and posts his thoughts about movies. Elie lives near Houston, Texas, with his wife, son, and a Goldendoodle called Harry, plus he has another son in college. Elie works in the energy-consulting sector to pay the grocery bills. You can connect with Elie on Instagram as well (where 99% of the posts are about food and cooking.

Bibimbap in an enamel bowl with sections of sprouts, noodles, spinach, carrots, meat, cucumber.

Bibimbap

This bibimbap recipe with its easy, smoky, slightly sweet sauce is going to upend your notion of healthy eating. Swear.

Butter pecan ice cream in a black bowl, with a spoon.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream

This isn’t your typical butter pecan ice cream. A creamy, custardy, ice cream base filled with perfectly shattered bits of pecan brittle isn’t exactly typical, is it?

Wine-soaked autumn pudding in a white bowl with wine dripping down the side topped with a white plate and a bottle of whiskey.

Wine-Soaked Autumn Pudding

An autumnal take on the classic British summer pudding, melding booze and berries and apples and plums to really quite a lovely effect.

A cast-iron pan filled with smothered pork chops in a thick caramelized onion and cream sauce beside a plate of wild rice.

Smothered Pork Chops

Juicy pork chops are a perennial favorite around here. Smother ’em in a creamy, Creole, caramelized onion gravy… oh my lord.

A metal oval baking dish filled with apple cranberry crisp.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

A recipe for apple cranberry crisp that can be made at a moment’s notice, whenever you have extra fruit or a craving for something cozy, sweet, and crisp.

Super moist apple cake on a jadeite cake stand.

Super Moist Apple Cake

What makes this apple cake so incredibly moist that it stands out from the rest? Lots of things, including a lovely swirl of cream poured on top of the batter and baked right in.

A large Dutch oven full of shrimp, mussels, red peppers, peas, lemon slices, parsley, bay leaves, and onion with a serving spoon.

Paella

Paella, the classic Spanish dish, is given the full treatment here. You don’t need a paella pan to make this paella recipe, either. A Dutch oven will do.