Everything You Need to Make a Sheet Pan Dinner
Words Rebecca Ulanoff
Sheet pans provide the ultimate weeknight dinner convenience. With a little (we’re talking minimal) effort and a few time-saving tools, you have a new go-to technique on your hands.
The idea behind sheet pan dinners is simple: one dish = a complete meal. While you could just toss your ingredients into a pan, pop it in the oven and hope for the best, doing so would result in an unevenly cooked dinner. Here are the best tools and tips for perfecting your sheet pan recipe.
Timing is of the Essence
Online research and real-life experience confirm it: timing is everything. Since different ingredients cook at different rates, experts, including food columnist and cookbook writer, Melissa Clark recommend starting with your slowest cooking ingredient, like chicken thighs, pork chops or even whole sweet potatoes and moving onto the next, in timed stages. Make sure to follow our meat temperature guide.
Tools for Success
Sheet Pan: Depending on your oven size and plan of attack, we recommend using our half sheet pan for most meals, or, if you want to give your protein and vegetables more breathing room, use two quarter sheet pans side by side.
Vegetable Chopper with Easy-Pour Opening: Chops in one fell swoop, pours right onto your sheet pan.
Adjustable Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer: Want slices instead of dices? No problem. Use this mandoline to make short work of fennel for this Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Fennel and Shallots recipe or these other mandoline tips and tricks.
Mini Vegetable Slicer: For even smaller slicing jobs, think Brussels sprouts, mushrooms and shallots, reach for this tiny (but mighty) slicer.
Pro 8″ Chef’s Knife: Sometimes, all you need is a good sharp knife. This one was inspired by professional chefs, and designed to give you confidence any way you slice it.
Tongs: The unsung hero of any kitchen, we use ours for tossing and turning ingredients, and, in a pinch, for rotating the sheet pan itself.
Show off your new cooking skills with this recipe for Asparagus and T-Bone Steak Sheet Pan Dinner.