What used to be one of the more unglamorous pieces of kitchen equipment has now risen to become the new must-have items that even the likes of Martha Stewart raves about.
The baking sheet has long been something that most households use and is often also called a sheet pan. But this simple and somewhat basic kitchen item can literally transform the types of food you are able to enjoy.
In fact, did you know that the terms “sheet pan” and “baking sheet” have risen in terms of Google searches over the last decade? This essential kitchen item is not only used daily by home chefs but also in bakeries and restaurants all of the country.
There are numerous sizes to choose from when it comes to selecting the perfect sheet pan. Some sizes are large enough to fit a commercial oven. Others are modest and really more designed for home kitchen ovens.
When it comes to choosing the perfect baking sheet for your own needs, take comfort in knowing that you really can not choose wrong. In fact, options are pretty much endless. The key factor to consider is when it comes to choosing the type of materials used to make the sheet pan or baking sheet. You want to pick quality so that whatever you bake on the sheet will turn out in the perfect texture of crispy, tender, or even soft (if you’re baking cookies!).
Once you have chosen the right baking sheet for you, it is time to start getting busy in the kitchen. That is why we have rounded up the top recipes for you to try out – from easy appetizers to savory mains and delicious desserts.
1. Sheet Pan Veggies
Sometimes simple is better – and the perfect sheet pan will help you make the perfect roasted vegetables. The key for this recipe is to ensure that you turn the oven to the right temperature while equally cutting the vegetables to be the correct size. When you nail this ratio, your vegetables will come out crispy on the exterior and tender on the interior.
Some vegetables that cook especially well on the sheet pan are potatoes, broccoli, bell pepper, onion, and Brussel sprouts. Cut these vegetables up into small slices and drizzle with a mixture of olive oil and seasoning like sea salt or paprika.
Usually, it takes only about 20 minutes for the vegetables to roast to perfection on the sheet pan. From here, you have made the ultimate side or even a vegetarian main course to enjoy.
2. Sheet Pan Nachos
Yes, you read this correctly. You can in fact make a delicious nacho dinner on your baking sheet. This is a great recipe to refer to when you are hosting a weekend get-together with groups of friends or family. The prep work is simple and you can make large portions. Plus, you know everyone is going to love munching on nachos.
To prep this meal, you simply mix in some shredded chicken with cheese, onion, barbeque sauce, and some nacho seasoning mix. Lay it all out on your baking sheet and put it into the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you have lined the baking sheet with foil before you lay all the ingredients down though!
From here, you simply wait around 15 to 20 minutes for the meal to cook in the oven. When you take the baking sheet out of the oven, you simply top it with some sour cream and sliced avocado.
Prepping dinner really can be as easy as that – and delicious!
3. Sheet Pan Salmon
If you are wanting to add some fish to your diet, look no further than this sheet pan salmon recipe. The prep work is extremely simple. All you have to do is line your sheet pan with some parchment paper, line your lemon-drizzled salmon filets on the pan, drizzle with a bit more olive oil and salt and put it all in the oven for around 20 minutes.
Your oven should be set to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and you can also cook some green beans on your sheet pan at the same time. Once the salmon is finished cooking, you can drizzle some teriyaki sauce over the salmon and it will be ready to enjoy.
4. Sheet Pan Cookies
Who doesn’t love a little indulgence every now and then? Sheet pan cookies are an all-time favorite, with the sheet pan ensuring the texture of the cooking comes out to perfection. The recipe is pretty much the same as any standard cookie: butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda and chocolate chips all mixed up and baked at 350 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes. Your house will be smelling delicious in no time.
With so many great recipes to start trying, why delay in getting a premium sheet pan to bake with?
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