The Best Thing You're Not Doing With Your Sheet Pans

Sandwiching food between two baking sheets in the oven gives you twice as much heated surface area for quicker and more even browning, not to mention a tidier shape. We use this technique to make:
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BY RICK MARTINEZ

Sandwiching food between two baking sheets in the oven gives you twice as much heated surface area for quicker and more even browning, not to mention a tidier shape. We use this technique to make:

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Photo: Alex Lau

Grilled Cheese or Pressed Sandwiches

Butter both sides of the sandwich and press between two preheated sheets. (Take our best ever grilled cheese recipe and whip out the sheet pans in place of the skillet. This way you can make a million--okay, 6--at one time.)

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Photo: Laura Loesch Quintin

Vegetable Chips

Shave vegetable strips on a mandoline; season with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

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Photo: Christopher Testani

Puff Pastry

Baking squares between sheets gives puff a firmer structure that will hold without shattering. (This D.I.Y. Apple Mille-Feuille uses this technique, so grab some apples, some puff, and get to it.)

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Photo: Annabel Mehran

Toast for a Crowd

This technique magically prevents toast from drying out in the oven. (Next party, make these pimiento cheese toasts and impress everyone with your bread mastery.)

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Photo: Marcus Nilsson

Prosciutto Crisps

For those who like it thin, flat, and super crispy. (This chicory-apple salad says to fry the prosciutto, but--sandwich it. We dare you.)

Hooked on the sheet? Here are 14 dinner (and dessert) ideas that can all be done on one pan.

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