You may be looking to incorporate sheet pan dinners into your weekly menu. It seems simple enough: throw some food on a sheet pan and bake away! But there are actually a few time-saving (and food saving) tips that will help ensure sheet pan dinner success every time.
Sheet pan meals are wonderful, in my opinion……just “one and done” when you’re talking about dishes that have to be washed following dinner. Whoop! Whoop! That’s a BIG reason to celebrate!
And, sheet pan dinners are pretty hands-off….your meal is just a few steps from done. You can easily orchestrate a wholesome and flavorful meal without much fuss at all.
Here are a few top tips that will help:
Preheat! Preheat! Preheat!
If you’re looking for ways to speed up your sheet pan meal, always preheat your sheet pan in the oven for a few minutes before adding any ingredients.
Crank up the Heat, Baby!
And, secondly, crank up that oven! I like to heat my oven up to 450 degrees for giving my sheet pan meals a good boost of heat right off the bat. After about 5 minutes, I reduce the heat to what my recipes call for, which is usually 400 – 425 degrees F.
Remember Your Pals
Aluminum foil and parchment paper are your friends! Covering your sheet pans with either of these mediums definitely makes clean-up easier and quicker. If you’re broiling, make sure to opt for foil as parchment paper will likely catch fire under the broiler.
Don’t be Shy to Experiment
All you need to remember when creating sheet pan dinners is to pair quick-cooking ingredients, such as thinner chicken cutlets and fish, with other quick-cooking ingredients, such as zucchini, grape tomatoes, asparagus, etc. Whereas thick chicken breasts and pork chops that take longer could be paired with roasted garlic potatoes since both require a little more cooking time.
I hope these tips help with your favorite sheet pan recipes, or if you’re just trying out sheet pan meals!
Let’s Get You Cookin’,
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