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15 Dishes Worth Cranking the Oven for (No Matter How Hot You Already Are)

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Despite instinct, dodging your stove area in the summer like a ball coming at your face is unwise—because some of the season’s best recipes require heat: a hot, hot oven. But don’t waste your time with just okay recipes that you sweat for: Save that sweat for the really good ones.

Here are 15 recipes that are really, really worth turning the oven on for, even on the hottest day of the year:

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Tomato Tart with Goat Cheese, Quark, Prosciutto, and Gremolata
Tomato Tart with Goat Cheese, Quark, Prosciutto, and Gremolata
Crispy Oven-Dried Tomatoes and Garlic
Crispy Oven-Dried Tomatoes and Garlic
Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde and Gruyere

Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde and Gruyere by Amanda Hesser

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette by EmilyC

Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
Judy Hesser’s Oven-Fried Chicken
Julia Child's Tian de Courgettes au Riz (Zucchini Tian)

Julia Child's Tian de Courgettes au Riz (Zucchini Tian) by Genius Recipes

Alice Waters' Ratatouille

Alice Waters' Ratatouille by Genius Recipes

Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde
Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde
Deep-Dish Cherry Pie
Deep-Dish Cherry Pie
Marian Burros' Plum Torte

Marian Burros' Plum Torte by Merrill Stubbs

Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie

Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie by Yossy Arefi

Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint
Roasted Strawberry Milkshake with Buttermilk and Mint
Third Generation Peach Pie

Third Generation Peach Pie by Rhonda35

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Fresh Blueberry Pie

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Fresh Blueberry Pie by Genius Recipes

Rosemary-Roasted Peaches with Salted Caramel Sauce
Rosemary-Roasted Peaches with Salted Caramel Sauce

How far would you go for a damn fine piece of pie? Tell us in the comments.