Dorie Greenspan's Easy Trick for Perfectly Seasoned Roast Vegetables Every Time

Plus, her menu for the most delicious, effortless Sunday supper.

October 23, 2018

If there's anyone who knows a thing or two about party-throwing, it's Dorie Greenspan. The award-winning cookbook author makes entertaining seem every bit the impressive, chic affair we envision perfect dinner parties to be.

In her latest book, Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook (out today!), she shares with us the simple, inviting foods that make up a bulk of how she actually eats and entertains.

"It’s the food of weekdays and weekends, of dinners for two and meals for a crowd," she starts in the book's introduction. "It’s the food I make in Paris, where I’ve lived part of the year every year for more than twenty years. It’s food from New York City and rural Connecticut, my two hometowns. It’s food from supermarkets and from farmers’ markets, wherever I can find them. But no matter where I am, it’s food from the pantry and fridge."

All of the recipes in Everyday Dorie are as warm and approachable as she is. "I’ve often said that my favorite kind of food is 'elbows-on-the-table' food that’s casual, puts people at ease, can sometimes be eaten with your fingers and always keeps people around the table, sharing stories, and passing second helpings. It’s the way I like to feed my family and friends."

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Top Comment:
“love Dorie! She's the real deal & such a lovely & kind person. A dear late close friend of mine was her neighbor. I was lucky to meet her a couple times when I catered some parties for my friend. Dorie was such a gem to meet. She deserves a PBS or Food Network cooking show!!!”
— Babette's S.

She's a woman of her word. Dorie recently opened up her home to some Food52 friends (a party to which we RSVP'ed as fast as humanly possible), where we enjoyed the most scrumptious, laid-back Sunday supper featuring a handful of her newest recipes. From her classic-with-a-twist gougères to perfectly spiced roasted carrots and a show-stopping banana Bundt cake, everything was laid out on the table, meant to be enjoyed picnic-style, at room temperature.

Of course, there's no way we'd hang out with Dorie without gleaning at least one small nugget of cooking wisdom. When she was showing us how to prepare her tomato-stuffed peppers, she taught us a seasoning trick we'll be using in our own kitchens forevermore.

"When I'm roasting something, when I'm baking something, everything that will be cooked is seasoned, but I like to season the pan, too," she explains. "It means that whatever is placed in the pan will have good flavor on the bottom, as well as the top. So, some olive oil, some salt, pepper, some pieces of garlic, and then some fresh herbs."

Watch the video in full to check out the rest of her Sunday supper spread, and then try to recreate your own shindig using some of her featured recipes, below.

What are your tricks for an easy Sunday supper? Share them with us below!

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Carol M. July 18, 2019
Anxious to try this. Question on the Franco-Asian Rillette. You say highly seasoned mayonnaise. What is that?
Mary P. January 4, 2019
Gosh I love watching Dorie cook. She's so genuine and warm and inspires me to cook something outside of my comfort zone. Everything looks delicious!
Missi January 4, 2019
Loved the video—the recipes and a glimpse of Dorie in her cooking environment!
Irene C. November 14, 2018
Delightful! I've used a number of her recipes, but now i have a face (and wonderful kind, funny, calm manner) to go with her name. Loved this video!!
Juliebell November 7, 2018
I loved this video and can’t wait to make the recipes. What a lovely example to follow with her beautiful organization and calm manner. Thanks Food 52 for another great feature.
Debbie November 7, 2018
I baked the Banana Bundt cake and it is one of the best cakes I have ever made and I bake a lot and have ton of cookbooks. I used a combination of mostly Ghiradelli's & Valrhona's Bittersweet Chocolate because that is what I had in the pantry and I did use rum. However, in my oven, it only took 55 minutes to bake this cake. I have never baked with Greek Yogurt before but I definitely will be doing it more often. The flavor of this cake is outstanding and the texture is great; it is not that usual dense heavy banana cake that weighs you down. It made a nice large cake; I cut it up for my husband's office and mine and I sliced large pieces and got 19 slices out of this one cake. This is definitely one I will be making often with those "last of the bunch bananas". Dorie's recipes never disappoint - what a joy it is to test out her recipes. Thanks Food52 for bringing this to my attention & her new cookbook.
tastysweet November 6, 2018
I just received Dori’s book. It looks fantastic. However, Amazon has to replace it as three corners of the boomed were bent and frayed. Not sure if it was in manufacturing or handling at warehouse.
I am thinking perhaps the corners could be nore reinforced when they manufacture it.
Victoria C. November 3, 2018
Lovely video. PLEASE find out about the apron.
Debbi S. November 2, 2018
I’d love a pottery baking dish like the one she uses to make the peppers. Anyone know?
Hana A. November 2, 2018
Hi Debbi S. - I'm going to track it down and report back, thank you!
Elizabeth L. November 1, 2018
I am so instantly obsessed with her. that was the most soothing, insanely beautiful food video i have ever seen. i want to have a party and serve that exact menu and i want to own every single one of her cookbooks and i want to meet her--and i never have felt that about a cookbook chef in my life. ordering her new book now! thank you...and more dorie, please! x
tastysweet November 2, 2018
I agree with you. Though my other fav is Ina Garten. The two would make a fabulous cooking show together.
Hana A. November 2, 2018
Couldn't agree more. I, too, love Ina as well. <3
Georgene November 2, 2018
Me too!
Carla November 1, 2018
Ditto on the apron...I’d love one of those too.
I have the book and yes, all the recipes here are in it! The banana cake is delicious!
Hana A. November 2, 2018
Will report back on apron, thanks for watching Carla!
tastysweet November 2, 2018
Thanks Carla.
Stacy J. November 1, 2018
The container that she roasted the peppers and tomatoes in is GORGEOUS. Is that available somewhere? Loved this video, Wish I could attend this kind of party every Sunday.
Hana A. November 2, 2018
I will find out and report back, thanks for your keen eye Stacy J.!
tastysweet November 1, 2018
Of course another question. I am about to order this book. Do you know if has that salmon dip recipe in it? Thanks. She sure is a peach and so down to earth.
Hana A. November 2, 2018
Yes, the salmon rillettes are in there!
tastysweet November 2, 2018
Thank you again.
Jason O. November 1, 2018
In a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams, watching Dorie cook is the most soothing and wonderful balm I can imagine.
Hana A. November 2, 2018
Couldn't agree with you more, Jason O. Thanks for watching!
tastysweet November 1, 2018
How do I get all the recipes in this video. Does the cookbook have them all?
Hana A. November 2, 2018
Yes, the cookbook has them all (plus many, many more), tastysweet!
PjrTexas October 31, 2018
Is the cheese puff recipe posted somewhere? Love the way she makes "special" so easy....
Hana A. November 2, 2018
The cheese puff recipe is in her new book, thanks for watching PjrTexas!
Sabbycook October 31, 2018
Delightful! Curious: did she or did she not peel the carrots? I always peel carrots, even if organic and/or from the farmers market, but maybe I don’t need to, esp when roasting? Any thoughts?
tastysweet November 1, 2018
Not peeled. But I am sure scrubbed. They are probably organic from a farmers market.
Hana A. November 2, 2018
I agree with tastysweet: Definitely at least scrubbed. If they're an organic bunch, that is usually enough.
KDH9966 October 30, 2018
I LOVED this video...now I NEED to get that cookbook.....I want to make very dish she just made and I love the idea of a room temp meal, GENIUS!!!
Hana A. November 2, 2018
Thanks for the nice feedback, KDH9966, hope you enjoy the book!
Cathy H. October 28, 2018
How fun to have the opportunity to see Dorie cook. I loved it!!!
Hana A. November 2, 2018
Thank you for watching, Cathy H.!
Babette's S. October 28, 2018
Loved the video!!! &...love Dorie! She's the real deal & such a lovely & kind person. A dear late close friend of mine was her neighbor. I was lucky to meet her a couple times when I catered some parties for my friend. Dorie was such a gem to meet. She deserves a PBS or Food Network cooking show!!!
tastysweet November 1, 2018
Me too. If the cookbook has them all, I will buy it. Maybe she will come to my house and cook it?
Hana A. November 2, 2018
Ha, if only! ;) Thank you both for watching and sharing your kind words. The cookbook indeed has all the recipes featured in the video!