The sheet pan is a mighty piece of equipment. Thanks to its large surface area, you can easily make dinner for the entire family on one humble pan. Plus, the possibilities are endless! Pork tenderloin, chicken thighs, salmon fillets – feel free to experiment with different proteins and vegetables. When planning out your sheet pan dinner, just keep a few things in mind: Choose quick-cooking proteins that can cook in 25 minutes or less; cut all of your vegetables and proteins uniformly so that they cook in the same amount of time; if something needs more or less time cooking, you can add it halfway through roasting; and use a sheet pan with a rim so your food does not end up on the oven floor! To get you started, here are a few sheet pan dinners to try this week.
In this recipe from The Kitchn, everything is done on one sheet pan – including warming the tortillas. The key to making sure it all comes together quickly is butterflying your chicken breasts so the meat cooks faster. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, you can ask your butcher to do it.
This healthy recipe from the Food Network comes together in less than 45 minutes and only calls for 8 simple ingredients. You want your bok choy and asparagus to still have a slight bite to them and for the salmon to flake easily.
Pork tenderloin is a fantastic quick-cooking protein. In this original Goodtaste recipe, we add the Broccolini halfway through cooking because it requires less time than the pork and potatoes.
Who says you can only use the sheet pan for dinner? This clever recipe from Real Simple makes it easy for you to serve pancakes to a crowd. To get that perfect golden brown top, the baked pancakes get one last brushing of butter and a quick stop under the broiler before slicing and serving.
Finally, the crispy-crunchy baked mac-and-cheese of your dreams but without the hassle. You won’t even need to make a bechamel for your cheese sauce. In this genius recipe from Amanda Hesser at Food52, she par-cooks her noodles (OK – you will need a pot for this one) and then tosses them with cheese and whole milk before spreading on a large sheet pan to bake. The result is a baked pasta that has an equal ratio of crunchy top to creamy interior.