An NPR Best Book of the Year
A one-stop resource for amazingly delicious complete meals made in just a single skillet or sheet pan, created by the food-world favorite husband-and-wife team who develop recipes for all the major magazines.
Even if you love to cook, the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is wash a sink full of pots and pans. Hero Dinners gives you the superpower to make delicious, well-balanced meals using fresh, wholesome ingredients—all in just one sheetpan or skillet. The wizardry behind these complete meals is in super smart, innovative—and simple!—techniques that ensure you won’t end up with muddled flavors and textures. With these inventive recipes, you’ll maximize the impact of each and every ingredient and flavor. And every recipe truly makes a complete meal, including protein and a vegetable or grain—and usually both.
In clear, easy-to-follow instructions, cooking experts Marge Perry and David Bonom show you how to magically elevate commonplace ingredients into delicious meals you’ll make again and again. Sometimes the “magic” lies in respecting the inherently good flavors of the ingredients, as in bronzino roasted with orange slices, drizzled with a simple caper vinaigrette and accompanied by crisp roast potato slices layered with tomato and fennel. Other times, savvy use of interesting condiments, such as Moroccan harissa paste or pomegranate molasses, lend robust flavor with very little work.
Hero Dinners includes 100 one-pan meals you can feel good about eating and feeding to your family, including:
Ancho Chili Chicken Pot Pie with Cornbread Biscuit ToppingPeruvian Chicken with Purple Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and Aji Verde SauceSalmon with Ginger Tomato Jalapeno Sauce and Zucchini CouscousSheetpan Ooey Gooey Mac and CheeseSouthern Style Smothered Pork Chops with Collard Greens and GritsRigatoni with Meat SauceLemon Chicken with Orzo and ArtichokesSheetpan Pizza with Soft Eggs, Asparagus, and PeasGochujang Skirt Steak with Scallion Polenta and BroccoliApricot Honey Glazed Spareribs with Smash-Roasted PotatoesSkillet Lasagna with Caramelized Onions and Spinach
A mouthwatering color photo accompanies every recipe, and the book is peppered with dozens of incredibly useful tip boxes to help cooks shave time or calories; learn about ingredients and substitutions; and get even more efficient in the kitchen. Hero Dinners is your powerful everyday mealtime solution: armed with the recipes in this book, you truly do make Hero Dinners.
In this inspired if somewhat misleading cookbook, husband-and-wife team Perry and Bonom present 100 "hero dinners," or meals that "practically cook themselves" on a single skillet or a sheet pan. Readers may not be dirtying extra pots or pans for these meals, but they will need a stack of bowls and plates. Smothered pork chops with collards and black pepper grits, for example, require a dredging plate, an ovenproof serving dish, a bowl for cooked vegetables, and a plate for cooked chops before the meal is ready to serve. Sheet pan dinners tend to require additional bowls for seasoning: sweet chili-glazed salmon with sugar snap peas and rice, for example, requires two separate bowls for the sauce and for seasoning the sugar snap peas before all ingredients are roasted. Even so, Perry and Bonom offer spot-on flavor combinations inspired by several cuisines, including Ethiopian berbere chicken stew and Spanish chuck-eye steak with almond-parsley rice. The recipes are certainly flavorful, but the prep required to create these dishes makes this book better suited for weekend cooking than quick weeknight meals.