Picture this: You've just prepared an entire delicious meal large enough to feed a family or stash away in the fridge for later and instead of being greeted by a kitchen full of dirty pots, pans, and mixing bowls, there's just a single sheet pan sitting in the sink. If this sounds too good to be true, you're pleasantly mistaken. With a few simple sheet pan recipes, you can make dinner without creating a mess big enough to convince you to order takeout next time.
For the uninitiated, a sheet pan recipe is the oven equivalent to a one-pot recipe prepared on the stove. All it takes is the right combination of vegetables, protein, and seasonings to create a beautiful meal in one pan. Think roasted salmon with veggies and potatoes, flavorful jambalaya, and even clambake favorites. Each recipe calls for just a bit of prep work, then you can lay out your pan and pop all of the ingredients in the oven together. Plus, with a bit of strategic aluminum foil or wax paper placement, you can keep the cleaning to a minimum.
Here are eight sheet pan recipes for anyone who can't stand to tackle a sink full of dishes.
Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage
The Recipe: Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage
The Hero Ingredient: A homemade lemon garlic aioli takes this easy dinner to the next level. Yes, it requires a bit of extra work, but it's totally worth it. You'll be left with a bright, flavorful dip to enhance the tasty shrimp, sausage, and asparagus dinner.
The Pro-Tip: Serve over a bed of brown rice if you want to incorporate a healthy grain to the meal.
Lemon-Roasted Salmon, Potatoes, and Parmesan Asparagus
The Hero Ingredient: Herbs like parsley, thyme, oregano, and paprika make this easy sheet pan recipe come to life. Combined with salmon, asparagus, and potatoes, these seasonings bring out the natural flavor of the dish, along with a tasty basil chimichurri.
The Pro-Tip: If you're cooking for picky eaters who aren't fans of fish, you can easily swap out the salmon for chicken and still be left with a complete, balanced meal.
The Recipe: Jambalaya
The Hero Ingredient: While this one sheet recipe is merely inspired by traditional jambalaya, Creole seasoning gives this meal the signature flavors you'd expect from a proper jambalaya. The best part of this simple dinner is that every single aspect of the dish is cooked in the same pan, even the rice.
The Pro-Tip: Line your sheet pan with foil or parchment paper to make the clean up a cinch.
The Recipe: Steak Fajitas
The Hero Ingredient: Juicy slices of flank steak, peppers, and onion create the perfect filling for these fajitas. Season with garlic, paprika, cumin, chili powder, and lime juice to get the Tex-Mex flavors just right.
The Pro-Tip: Forgo the usual salsa topping and whip up a chimichurri sauce to drizzle on top of the finished fajitas instead. You can also top with avocado, queso fresco, or fresh tomato.
The Recipe: Paleo Breakfast Nachos
The Hero Ingredient: Sweet potatoes give this unique breakfast recipe something special. Paired with sunny-side-up eggs, black beans, avocado, and scallions, it's perfect for Sunday brunch or when you get a craving for breakfast in the evening.
The Pro-Tip: Be sure to thinly slice the sweet potatoes and scallions so they cook to perfection. Try using a mandolin for a smooth chop.
Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes
The Hero Ingredient: Harissa spice adds a kick of middle eastern and Moroccan flavors that blend with roasted chicken, chickpeas, and sweet potatoes. It's just the thing to shake up your weeknight cooking routine.
The Pro-Tip: After the chicken, potatoes, and chickpeas are done, serve with olives, feta cheese, yogurt, mint, and fresh naan.
The Recipe: Clambake
The Hero Ingredient: With so much food in one sheet pan recipe, it's impossible to name just one hero ingredient. There are corn, clams, shrimp, andouille sausage, lobster tails, and red potatoes topped with butter, lemon, and seasonings. It's like being transported to an East Coast clambake no matter where you live.
The Pro-Tip: Boil the potatoes and corn in a pot before putting them in the oven to ensure they'll be soft and tender when you finish baking the rest of the ingredients.
Olive Bar Chicken
The Recipe: Olive Bar Chicken
The Hero Ingredient: What would an olive bar chicken recipe be without olives? Clearly the star of this dish, olives bake with chicken, fingerling potato halves, red onion, and seasonings to bring this dinner to life. You can also add any additional olive bar offerings that suit your fancy. Think peppers, roasted garlic, and marinated artichoke hearts.
The Pro-Tip: The recipe only calls for one sliced lemon, but you can squeeze a bit of extra lemon juice all over the sheet pan before popping it in the oven to give the dish an extra kick of flavor.
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