07 March 2015

Weekend Cooking: Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly Gilbert

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Sheet Pan Suppers by Molly GilbertWe've already had one review of Molly Gilbert's Sheet Pan Suppers on Weekend Cooking and I bet we'll see even more as time goes on. That's because this is a great little cookbook with many ideas for busy people who like to cook but don't necessarily like all the fuss or cleanup.

The first thing you have to know about Sheet Pan Suppers is that the book also includes snacks and brunch and even dessert, so you'll put your sheet pan (rimmed baking sheet) to good use throughout the day. All you need is a good-quality pan (though a discount store brand works too) and some parchment or cooking spray.

Even before I started studying the recipes, I found a lot to like about this cookbook. The colorful boxes containing all kinds of useful tips caught my eye right away. Gilbert gives us information about ingredients (what exactly is Maldon salt?), provides helpful cooking tips (how to bake the best biscuits), and offers variations on a theme (focaccia flavors). I really love the "DYI or Buy" boxes, which help you decide whether it's worth it to make your own, say, blue cheese dressing.

But the heart of any cookbook is, of course, the recipes, and you'll be happy to know pretty much all of the dishes are accessible to the everyday home cook. The bulk of the work is in preparing the ingredients for the oven. Sometimes that means simply chopping and seasoning; other times that means mixing a sauce or forming patties or burgers. A few recipes, like an appetizer tart, require some fancier footwork in the slicing department, but there is nothing out-of-bounds difficult.

Sheet Pan Suppers by Moly GilbertOne of the best compliments I can give a general cookbook is to praise the range of flavors it incorporates. Sheet Pan Suppers helps us open our kitchens to global tastes, with Mideast falafels, Southwest enchiladas, All-American chicken, Asian-spiced pork, and Italian-inspired fish. There are meat dishes and vegetarian dishes and healthful fruit desserts as well as sinful indulgences.

A few notes: (1) Although there are plenty of options for busy weeknights in Sheet Pan Suppers, I think it has a kind of lazy weekend feel to it. (2) I'm glad that not all the recipes involve roasting: Some dishes cook under a broiler, and others are baked covered or in parchment pockets. (3) The scan (at the right) is of the Greek Stuffed Roly-Poly Squash (all rights remain with Gilbert), which is on my list to try.

One of the dinners I made was Philly Chicken Sausage & Peppers with Basil-Garlic Bread, although I substituted spicy Italian (pork) sausages. This was a quick meal to put together and perfect for a weeknight. We both loved it, and I know we'll have it again.

If you're looking for easy yet nutritious and flavorful dinners, snacks, and desserts pick up Molly Gilbert's Sheet Pan Suppers. You're sure to discover some new go-to dishes that will fit your busy schedule. And what could be less stressful for a casual company dinner than to pull out a baking pan of colorful deliciousness?

Instead of sharing a recipe, I've included the following short video in which Gilbert makes a simple salmon dish from her book.


Published by Workman, 2015
ISBN-13: 9780761178422
Source: Review (see review policy)
Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)


25 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks 3/7/15, 6:06 AM  

Workman makes the best cookbooks!

Vanessa Morgan 3/7/15, 6:57 AM  

This looks like such a lovely book. Just looking at that cover makes me hungry.

Tina 3/7/15, 7:09 AM  

I have been enjoying that book as well. Spent quite a bit of time looking over some good recipes. Some are, as you said, for a lazy weekend but I see some work night meals coming out of this one.

Sarah's Book Shelves 3/7/15, 7:41 AM  

I saw this cookbook in another Weekend Cooking installment...this looks right up my alley! I love to roast and think it's such an easy way to add great flavor...I usually do veggies, but this might be a good way to expand the horizons.

bermudaonion 3/7/15, 8:32 AM  

I know a lot of people who swear by sheet pan suppers - I've got to try one! By the way, we've always called those jelly roll pans. I wonder if that's a regional thing.

Debbie 3/7/15, 8:57 AM  

I really do want that cookbook.

Beth S. 3/7/15, 8:59 AM  

Ooh! I am intrigued by this! I love roasting vegetables so I think I need to check this out!

jama 3/7/15, 9:20 AM  

Excited to hear about this book. Must find this one! Thanks for another wonderful review. :)

Sheila (Bookjourney) 3/7/15, 9:24 AM  

Another great sounding book!

Katherine P 3/7/15, 9:43 AM  

This sounds like a great cookbook. I like the sound of the tips and that the range of the recipes. I'll definitely have to look for this one!

Topazshell 3/7/15, 10:31 AM  

I have never thought of Sheet Pan Cooking. I would love to try it. Really like your suggestion. "One of the dinners I made was Philly Chicken Sausage & Peppers with Basil-Garlic Bread..."
Yummmm.:)

wordlily.com 3/7/15, 11:10 AM  

I love these kind of meals. It's the oven equivalent of one-pot meal, so pretty easy cleanup! I don't have more than one or two in my current repertoire, though ...

Laurie C 3/7/15, 11:13 AM  

I have seen reviews and mentions of this cookbook and have been drooling over it! It is on my wish list! I love all one-pot, one-pan meal ideas!

Melynda Brown 3/7/15, 11:53 AM  

Never heard of this, which is a shame! I love the concept for work nights and will look for this book. Thank you.

Marlissa 3/7/15, 2:59 PM  

I roast veges all the time -- a delicious and easy way to cook (my favorite), so this cookbook is definitely going on my list.

I just found your blog recently when I went searching for some new book blogs to follow. You had me with the "Hausfrau" review and now this!

(Diane) bookchickdi 3/7/15, 5:10 PM  

My son would love Philly Chicken Sausage and Peppers. This looks like a great book, I'm going to pick up a copy.

Linda 3/7/15, 5:22 PM  

I've got this cookbook on hold at the library. Looks fantastic.

Claudia 3/7/15, 6:19 PM  

I do this a lot (last night was one with ahi tuna) now I have a name for it :) just using a smaller pan (7x11 glass)for the two of us. Very quick and easy.

Esme 3/7/15, 8:19 PM  

This sounds interesting. I never thought of the title sheet pan dinners. I like the stuffed peppers.

Belle Wong 3/7/15, 9:22 PM  

This sounds like a fun cookbook, with lots of great choices. And easy cleanup, I'm guessing?

Teddyree 3/8/15, 1:10 AM  

I saw this one on a weekend cooking post a few weeks ago and wanted to grab it then but I got sidetracked and forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder, I'm checking out Amazon right now lol

Sue Jackson 3/8/15, 10:09 AM  

This has become one of my favorite ways to cook! I love to roast an assortment of veggies and protein on baking sheets in the oven - so easy and little clean-up! And I love the flavor of roasted meals. Maybe I should get this cookbook for more ideas & variety!

Sue

JoAnn 3/8/15, 10:55 AM  

Such a great cookbook! I' been meaning to purchase a print copy ever since I received the digital version from Netgalley.

Trish 3/8/15, 12:08 PM  

I always see these types of dinners in magazines but have never tried one. I guess maybe because I associate them more with chicken and fish--sadly two things that we don't eat very much of. Maybe this would be a great way to sneak some salmon into our meals.

Shaina 3/8/15, 10:14 PM  

Holy yum! You had me at Italian sausage and garlic bread. Glad you enjoyed :)

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