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 : Silly For Sheet Pan Dinners!
  BMy Angie Bridges
y fascination for the sheet pan dinner craze crept up on me pretty innocently. I was
on Pinterest one afternoon and saw a few pictures of some delicious looking food that caught my eye and I dove in. They’re so to make that you can enjoy SPD every night of the week. The possibilities of meals are endless and the cleanup is such a breeze when you line the pan in aluminum foil first. All of these things make me happy in the summer months when the least amount of time I can spend over a hot stove the better.
There is a couple tips that will ensure your success in adopting this cooking method and adapting it to your family’s needs. One is the pan. The proper pan is known as a “half sheet pan”, made of heavy gauge metal and measures about 18 by 13 inches and has a small 1 inch rim... The size is important because it allows for your ingredients to be spread out. Doing so yields a much tastier and roasted end product and conversely crowding ingredients leads to steam which equals mushy food and-definitely not as delicious in my book. Another few tips require you to do a little homework before but it’s very simple- and that is knowing your cooking times (which all recipes should clearly tell you.) Certain veggies like carrots, potatoes,
and sweet potatoes take longer to cook and will go in oven first before softer ones like green beans or mushrooms. This is also the perfect time to play with seasonings.
Be fearless! Use those seasoning blends that are piling up in your spice cabinet. Almost anything goes here. I’ve found myself using my favorite go to SPD recipe and I just switch the flavor profiles every time. Lastly, I always finish my dish before serving with a squeeze of citrus whether it be lemon, lime, grapefruit or even a little balsamic vinegar. Enjoy! Ciao for Now, Angie
Mediterranean Lemon Chicken Bake You’ll Need: 4 chicken leg quarters, 1 small bag fingerling or baby red potatoes (1 1⁄2 lb.) 1⁄2 Cup olive oil, the juice of 2 lemons, divided, 4 TBS Italian seasoning, 1 TBS each salt and pepper, and 1 (12 oz.) package fresh green beans Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line your baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with olive oil spray. Place your chicken on prepared baking sheet. In a medium bowl combine olive oil, lemon juice, seasoning mix, and salt & pepper and mix well. Add potatoes and coat well. Arrange potatoes around chicken quarters and pour about half of lemon juice mixture over chicken, reserving the rest for later.
Bake for about 30 minutes shaking the pan occasionally to loosen the potatoes and encourage browning. Then use reserved marinade to toss with the green beans. Take pan out of oven and scatter green beans all over top. Return pan to oven and cook for an additional 15 minutes, until the green beans are crisp-tender. (Chicken should be at an internal temperature of 165 degrees).
Angie Bridges is owner of Copa Wine Bar in
Stone Oak along with
her husband, Jeff Bridges. Angie is also the founder of the Taste of the Northside Fiesta event and is the original Queen of the Vine.
   Beautify Your Backyard
IBy Alissa Reinhard
t’s officially summer! Hopefully, you’ve already contacted Deck & Patio Care to restore, repair or refinish your
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