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 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 15 M
  • 10 H
  • 6
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.

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  • 1 H
  • 3 H
  • 19
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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 35 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
Cakey Brownies

Brownies for a Crowd

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

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Three slow cooker French dip sandwiches on a cutting board

Slow Cooker French Dip

Slow cooker roast beef au jus. Perhaps the first slow cooker recipe yet that’ll keep everyone at the table uber satisfied—including the person making and cleaning up after the meal.

  • 30 M
  • 8 H
  • 1
A chicken burrito bowl with grilled chicken, quinoa, lettuce, cheese, corn, beans, guacamole, and purple corn chips

Chicken Burrito Bowl

Easy. Healthy. And kids are proclaiming these to be better than taco night. Need we say more?!

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 0
Three homemade Larabars

Homemade Larabars

We got nothing against the Larabars we’ve been noshing for years. Save for the crazy price tag. Here’s a less expensive, more customizable alternative.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 193
Raw Oysters With Champagne Vinegar Mignonette

Raw Oysters With Mignonette Sauce

Oysters. Mignonette. Friends. Champagne. And these shucking instructions. That’s all you need for the best oyster experience ever.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 4