cover image Hot Sheet: Sweet and Savory Sheet Pan Recipes for Every Day and Celebrations

Hot Sheet: Sweet and Savory Sheet Pan Recipes for Every Day and Celebrations

Olga Massov and Sanaë Lemoine. Harvest, $32.50 (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-324387-3

Lemoine (Make it Japanese) and Washington Post food editor Massov join forces in this inspiring collection to extol the sheet pan as a versatile “kitchen superhero.” The 106 inventive recipes range from traditional oven-baked fare (roasted chicken with vegetables and dijon mustard) to creative translations, such as oven ratatouille with eggs and an “exceedingly simple” chicken “stir-fry” with greens and bell peppers. While quick sheet pan chili is similar to a stovetop recipe, the addition of amber ale, brewed coffee, and cocoa powder intrigues. Flavor experiments also show up in chaat masala “nachos”; curry gratin dauphinois, which combines curry and cream in a potato gratin; and gochujang steak fajitas with kimchi, onions, and peppers. For easy weekday meals, there’s fish and chips with a Ritz cracker coating, homemade Shake ’n Bake, and “quesadilla for a crowd” (which promises to be a hit with “hangry kids”). Lively intros explain the inspiration behind each recipe: butterscotch saltine or matzo brittle is based on a treat from Massov’s sixth grade teacher, while the Japanese oven burgers with cabbage salad are inspired by Lemoine’s mother. A fennel and citrus salad that’s “more of a framework than a recipe” and “quickles” (quick pickles) are among a handful of tasty side recipes. Home cooks interested in exploring and expanding their sheet pan repertoire will find this invaluable. (Mar.)