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Rachel Cooks Every Day

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Five-Alarm Sheet Pan Dinner

"Five alarm" doesn't refer to spiciness—I quite literally set off the smoke detector five times while making this dinner. Sam was in hysterics and I very nearly followed as I tried to soothe him, fan away smoke, and actually make sure the dang meal got cooked.


n the end, everything was crispy and charred and delicious. Which was great after the trauma we'd been through. 

I can't say I was totally surprised by the smoke-fest. The recipe, from Food Network, called for the veggies to be drizzled with olive oil and tossed right on the pan, then thrown into a 450 degree oven. I opted to toss my veggies in a bowl instead to avoid a puddle of olive oil that surely would have smoked to high heaven.

The recipe also called for parchment paper, and mine got preeeetty toasty. Next time, I'd skip the parchment paper and maybe try lowering the temperature slightly. 

Because it was definitely yummy, and comparatively fast/easy for a meal with two sides. I made my own glaze for the chicken with miso, rice wine vinegar, honey, soy sauce, and sesame oil and it was verrrrry delicious. A shower of lemon juice made the crispy potatoes and charred broccoli just right.

I'm terrible at getting multiple parts of a meal to be ready at the same time, so this method was much simpler.  We'll see if I can find a sheet pan recipe that doesn't require me to unscrew the smoke detector.