This wonderful side dish had the incredible nutty flavor from browned butter in every bite. It was a lovely way to enjoy my beautiful CSA corn and zucchini this week. 🙂
This dish was adapted from Meatless Sheet Pan Suppers: 100 Surprising Vegetarian Meals Straight from the Oven by Raquel Pelzel. I added an extra ear of corn and used Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Blend, a combination of Israeli couscous, red quinoa, orzo, and split dried garbanzo beans, instead of Israeli couscous alone. Great!
Yield: Serves 6
- 4 T (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
- 3 to 4 ears fresh corn, shucked and kernels sliced off the cob
- 1 large zucchini, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 to 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups Israeli couscous or Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Blend
- 3 cups boiling water
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, stacked, rolled, and thinly sliced into ribbons
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees, preferably on convection.
- Place the butter on a rimmed sheet pan and set it in the oven until the butter melts and smells toasty and nutty, about 4 to 5 minutes.
- Remove the sheet pan from the oven and spoon about 2 tablespoons of the browned butter into a small heatproof bowl.
- Stir the corn and zucchini into the remaining butter on the sheet pan, along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and cook until the zucchini softens and the corn loses its raw starchiness, about 8 minutes.
- Transfer the corn mixture to a large bowl and season with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste.
- Add the couscous to the pan alone with the boiling water and the remaining teaspoon of salt. Stir to combine, and wearing oven mitts, cover the sheet pan with aluminum foil (you may need 2 sheets), crimping it tightly around the edges to seal.
- Bake couscous for 10 minutes, remove the foil, stir the couscous, re-cover the pan, and continue to cook for another 10 minutes, or until the couscous is plump and tender.
- Transfer the couscous to the bowl with the corn mixture.
- Add the reserved browned butter and most of the basil. Stir to combine and adjust the seasonings as necessary.
- Serve sprinkled with remaining basil.
Posted in Recipes, Sides, Vegetarian
Tags: basil, browned butter, corn, couscous, Harvest Grain Blend, israeli couscous, pasta, sheet pan, side, side dish, summer, vegetarian, zucchini
I must confess that we’ve eaten these delicious sandwiches on a couple of occasions already. They are a fabulous variation of the more common vegetarian alternative “parm” sandwich, eggplant parmesan. Worth using the oven in the summer! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from Meatless Sheet Pan Suppers: 100 Surprising Vegetarian Meals Straight from the Oven by Raquel Pelzel. I served them with both challah and potato rolls, on different occasions. The original recipe recommends sub rolls. I modified the proportions, used part-skim mozzarella, and substituted fontina for the provolone cheese. Fabulous!
Yield: 4 sandwiches
- 8 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, finely grated
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tsp plus a pinch of kosher salt
- 3/4 cup grated low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup grated fontina or provolone cheese
- 6 T finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- 4 large or 6 medium portobello mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 1/2 cup store-bought or homemade marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce with Barolo Wine), or more, as desired
- 4 rolls, such as challah, potato, or sub rolls
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- Combine the olive oil and garlic in a microwave safe bowl, and warm in the microwave at high power until the garlic is fragrant, about 30 to 45 seconds.
- Pour 3 T garlic oil into a small bowl and add the panko bread crumbs and a pinch of kosher salt. Rub together with your fingers to combine and set aside, reserving the remaining garlic oil. (Add up to an additional tablespoon of garlic oil, as needed.)
- In a separate bowl, combine the mozzarella, fontina (or provolone), and Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses.
- Place the mushrooms in a medium-sized bowl and toss with 2 T garlic oil and the remaining 1 tsp kosher salt.
- Transfer the mushrooms to a parchment paper-lined, rimmed sheet pan and roast until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Do not flip them. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate and set aside.
- Line a second sheet pan with aluminum foil (or the same pan if it is cool enough to handle). Adjust the oven rack to the upper-middle position and preheat the broiler to high.
- Open the rolls and lightly brush the interior of each with some of the remaining garlic oil.
- Place the rolls, face up, on the prepared sheet pan and broil until the bread is golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Watch carefully! Remove the rolls from the oven, keeping the broiler on, and divide the tops of the rolls among 4 plates. Leave the bottom of the rolls on the sheet pan.
- Arrange the mushrooms over the bottom halves of the rolls and top each with 2 (or more) T marinara, spreading it out a bit.
- Divide the cheese over each mound of vegetables and return the sheet pan to the broiler. Broil until the cheese is melted, 1 to 3 minutes, watching carefully.
- Sprinkle the reserved panko bread crumbs evenly over the cheese and return to the broiler until the crumbs are golden and crisp, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Transfer each portion to a plate and top with reserved roll top. Serve hot.
Posted in Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: dinner, fast, fontina, Italian, marinara, mozzarella, mushrooms, panko, parm, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, portobello, portobello mushrooms, provolone, rolls, sandwiches, sheet pan, sub, vegetarian
I realize that many people avoid using the oven in warm weather, but I have a couple of quick sheet pan meals that make using the oven completely worth the extra summer heat.
In this dish, the pasta even cooks in the oven! It was super creamy as a result. The roasted lemon added incredible brightness. This recipe is from Meatless Sheet Pan Suppers: 100 Surprising Vegetarian Meals Straight from the Oven by Raquel Pelzel. The cheese can be omitted for a vegan version. Delicious!
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 1 pound grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 medium-size lemon, thinly sliced into rounds, seeds removed
- 3 large garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
- 16 oz orzo pasta
- 3 3/4 cups boiling water
- 1/4 cup basil leaves, stacked, rolled, and thinly sliced crosswise into ribbons
- 6 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, roughly torn by hand
- 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, place a sheet pan on the rack, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- Place the tomatoes, lemon, garlic, 1 tsp salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and the olive oil in a medium-size bowl and toss to combine.
- Carefully turn the tomato mixture out onto the heated sheet pan, spread it in an even layer, and roast for 10 minutes.
- Remove the sheet pan from the oven and stir the vermouth into the tomato mixture.
- Using a spatula, press down on the tomatoes and lemon slices to extract their juices.
- Stir in the orzo.
- Pull the oven rack partway out of the oven and place the sheet pan on it. Carefully pour the boiling water into the orzo, stirring to combine and distribute evenly.
- Wearing oven mitts, cover the sheet pan with aluminum foil (you may need 2 sheets), crimping it tightly around the edges to seal. Bake the pasta for 15 minutes.
- Uncover the pan, add the remaining 1 tsp salt, stir, and cook, uncovered, to allow the juices to thicken and any partially cooked pasta from the top layer to absorb more liquid, about 5 minutes more.
- Preheat the broiler to high.
- Stir most of the basil into the pasta, then scatter the mozzarella cheese over the top. Sprinkle the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese over the mozzarella and broil until the cheese is melted and golden, 3 to 5 minutes more. Watch carefully!
- Remove from the oven and let stand for a few minutes.
- Sprinkle the remaining basil over the top just before serving.
Posted in Pasta, Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: basil, dinner, fast, grape tomatoes, lemon, meyer lemon, mozzarella, orzo, Parmigiano Reggiano, sheet pan, tomatoes, vegan, vegetarian, vermouth, white wine
I am such a sauce person! This roasted tomatillo and garlic sauce was absolutely incredible. The acorn squash is roasted on the sheet pan with the chicken and sauce ingredients, absorbing all of the flavors too. It would be a wonderful dish to serve as part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration. In fact, I might make it again on Cinco de Mayo! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Claire Saffitz. I used boneless, skinless thighs instead of bone-in, and adjusted the method and roasting times accordingly.
I’m bringing this delicious dish to share at Angie’s Fiesta Friday #221 this week, hosted by Jenny @ Dragonfly Home Recipes. Enjoy!
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Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Recipes, Sauces
Tags: acorn squash, adobo, boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken, chipotle, cilantro, cinco de mayo, cumin, dinner, Fiesta Friday, jalapeño, limes, Mexican, roasted, salsa, salsa verde, sauce, scallions, sheet pan, tomatillos, verde, Vitamix
My food blog friend Sally @Bewitching Kitchen inspired me to make this lighter version of classic eggplant parmigiana. The eggplant is breaded but oven-baked instead of fried. It was quite delicious. 🙂
I served the cheesy eggplant over pasta with sauce, per my husband’s request, but it really wasn’t necessary. We ate it with spicy and garlicky sautéed broccoli rabe and roasted asparagus on the side. I used my new favorite jarred sauce, Trader Joe’s Italian Marinara Sauce with Barolo Wine, as a shortcut. This recipe was adapted from The Kitchen, contributed by Jeff Mauro, via Bewitching Kitchen.com. Great!
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 1 medium to large eggplant
- 2 eggs, beaten with a teaspoon of water
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 24 ounces jarred tomato sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce with Barolo Wine)
- slices of fresh mozzarella cheese (about 1 pound)
- 1/2 pound of prepared pasta, for serving, as desired (I used Capunti pasta)
- Heat a rimmed baking sheet – empty – in a very hot oven, 450 F to 500 F, preferably on convection.
- While the baking sheet is heating, peel the eggplant, cut crosswise in 1/2 inch slices. Place on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
- Put the eggs, water, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Mix the breadcrumbs and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in another bowl next to it.
- Dip each eggplant slice into the egg wash, but allow just one side to get wet with the mixture.
- Next, dip it in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing to coat, and carefully place on a rack with the crumb side up.
- Make sure you have the tomato sauce warmed up and ready to go, and the cheese slices also nearby.
- Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven and drizzle the olive oil to coat the hot surface.
- Working quickly, add the eggplant slices with the crumb-coated side down. It will stick to the oil and start to get pretty hot right away.
- Add the tomato sauce on top, cover with cheese, and place in the oven, reducing the temperature to 375 F, preferably on convection.
- Cook for 20 to 25+ minutes. When the cheese is starting to get golden brown at the edges, the eggplant will be done. (Additional sauce can be added on top of the cheese halfway through the cooking process, if desired.)
- Serve immediately with your favorite side dish.
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Posted in About thebrookcook, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: baked, cheese, dinner, eggplant, eggplant parm, eggplant parmesan, fresh mozzarella, Italian, light, marinara, mozzarella, oven baked, panko, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, sheet pan, vegetarian
This is a superstar weeknight dinner. I already know that I’m going to make it a million times. 😉 The preparation is actually very similar to my favorite weeknight salmon recipe.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Jenny Rosenstrach. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of bone-in, and adapted the cooking temperature, method, as well as the cooking time. I roasted the chicken over sliced rainbow carrots and also roasted potatoes and asparagus on separate sheet pans in the same oven. Wonderful!
¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons thyme leaves, plus 6 sprigs
10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, patted dry
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 pounds medium carrots, scrubbed, cut into 4-inch pieces, halved lengthwise if thick (I used rainbow carrots)
2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds tiny gold potatoes, optional
- 2 pounds asparagus, optional
- Place a rack in highest position in oven; preheat to 425°, preferably on convection roast.
- Place carrots on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the thyme sprigs and roast for 15 to 20 minutes; remove from oven and set aside. (At this point, I also began roasting the potatoes on a separate sheet pan, for about 30 minutes.)
- Place panko in a shallow bowl.
- Mash butter, mustard, and thyme leaves in another small bowl with a fork (it will be a little lumpy).
- Season chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper. Arrange “skin side up” over the partially roasted carrots on the rimmed baking sheet.
- Smear mustard-butter all over the top of the thighs.
- Working with 1 piece at a time, firmly press chicken, skin side down, into panko so crumbs adhere. Place back on baking sheet, on top of the carrots, with the breadcrumbs facing up.
- Roast until carrots are tender and chicken is cooked though, 20-25 minutes. (I cooked the chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.) (At this point, I also roasted the asparagus on a separate sheet pan, for about 15 minutes.)
- Heat broiler. Broil chicken and carrots just until panko is golden brown and carrots are tender and browned in spots, about 2 minutes.
- Transfer to a platter and pour pan juices over top, as desired.
Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Quick, Recipes
Tags: baked, boneless skinless chicken thighs, carrots, chicken, chicken thighs, Dijon, dijon mustard, dinner, mustard, panko, rainbow carrots, roasted, sheet pan, thyme
I have a few broccoli pasta recipes to share. I’m always buying the 3 pound bag of broccoli florets at Costco when I’m on a break from my CSA vegetables. 😉
This first dish is one of the Most Popular Recipes of 2017 from New York Times Cooking. I’m surprised that I didn’t see it when it was first published- especially because it’s a sheet pan dish! Although it has the ingredients typical of a pasta casserole, more of the broccoli and toppings get crispy by the increased surface area exposed to direct heat by cooking it on a sheet pan.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I increased the amount of broccoli and used Gigli pasta. We ate it with a huge green salad. Quick, easy, and tasty. It would be even more incredible if it was topped with fresh ricotta. Next time!
Yield: Serves 6
- 2 ½ pounds broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more as needed
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
- 12 ounces chiocciole, penne, or other tube-shaped pasta (I used Gigli pasta)
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
- finely grated zest from 1 large lemon
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 12 ounces best quality, whole milk ricotta
- fresh lemon juice, for serving (optional)
- Heat oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together broccoli, 3 T olive oil, cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon salt and the red pepper flakes.
- Roast until tender and browned at the edges, 18 to 25 minutes, tossing halfway through. Remove from oven and set oven to broil.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
- In a small bowl, stir together Parmesan, panko, lemon zest, a pinch of salt and the black pepper.
- Toss cooked pasta with broccoli on baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then dollop with ricotta.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan mix, drizzle generously with oil, and broil until topping is crisped and golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Sprinkle with lemon juice to taste, and serve.
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Posted in Pasta, Quick, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: broccoli, casserole, cumin seeds, dinner, fast, gigli, lemon zest, panko, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, pasta, penne, quick, ricotta, sheet pan, vegetarian