I grew up eating meatloaf. Did you grow up eating meatloaf? I’m putting my money on “yes”, especially if you’re from the Midwest. And because the internet is creepy, I KNOW that many of you reading are from the Midwest. That Google. It really is all-knowing.
Did I love meatloaf as a kid? No.
It was fine, but in fairness, it could have been the name alone had me in the “I’d rather pass” camp. Whoever named meatloaf, I mean c’mon. Try a little harder. It’s so…practical. Too easy. Really, a total cop out. Lazy! You’re up against Beef Bourguignon, Beef Wellington, Chicken Cordon Bleu…you get the idea.
But when trusted foodies recommend a SHEET PAN meal that includes BBQ sauce, and just so happens to include cute lil mounds of meat, alongside both a starchy vegetable and a non-starchy vegetable?? I’m all about it. Those all-in-ones, yep. That’s my jam right there. A single sheet pan and a single bowl to clean up, yassssssss!
If I were a guessing woman (and I am), I’d say it has been AT LEAST 15 years since I last ate meatloaf. It is, without a doubt, a food I’ve never made before. The closest I got was the Vegan Lentil Loaf and I’d say that doesn’t count, in that it’s meatless 😉 This Midwesterner is breaking tradition no longer! Even Mark was all wah-wah, “MEATLOAF?????” ::bulging eyes, disapproving stare::.
I’m telling you, there is NO LOVE for the cook in my kitchen.
However, I have been missing out and Mark loved the meal, too. I mean, seriously…move over ketchup, BBQ sauce was made for meatloaf. The meat was tender and juicy and so, so flavorful. I love the cute little presentation, too. I wish the kids were a bit more excited about the meal, but the microwaving of my leftovers at work has never created such commotion. Everyone wanted to know what they were smelling.
To which I snickered and replied, “Just my meatloaf, guys!” Everyone was so confused and totally excited. I’m a convert. Age 35 seems like a good age to warmly embrace meatloaf in life. Especially as a Midwesterner who holds out hope every day that her kids will at some point sooner rather than later, enjoy a meal that everyone else loves. BONUS points if it’s relatively healthy. I’m holding out hope for Meatloaf round 2- I think I can snag their votes with some patience. And if not, I’m pretty darn happy to handle these leftovers!
- 24 oz fingerling or other small potato, halved
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 3/4 tsp salt
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 lb green beans, trimmed
- 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
- 1 lb ground turkey breast
- 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 cup BBQ sauce, divided
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or mist with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
- Place the halved potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper; toss well.
- Place the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the green beans in the same bowl. Drizzle with the remaining oil, sprinkle with the remaining salt and black pepper, to taste. Toss with a pair of tongs and remove to a large plate.
- To the same bowl, combine the beef, turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and 1/2 cup BBQ sauce. Use your hands to fully combine. Divided meat mixture into 6 even portions and form into mini loaves.
- After 20 minutes, remove sheet pan from the oven and push the potatoes to one end of the sheet pan. Place the meatloaves on the sheet, close together, and the green beans in a separate portion of the sheet pan.
- Return the sheet pan to the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove baking sheet and brush each meatloaf with the remaining 1/4 cup BBQ sauce.
- Set oven to broil. Return sheet pan to oven and broil at least 8 inches from the top of the oven for 2-3 minutes, checking every 30-60 seconds. Allow meat to rest for a few minutes before serving hot.
Recipe from Books'n Cooks
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 meatloaf with 1/6 of the potatoes and beans
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 527Total Fat: 15.0gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 698mgCarbohydrates: 51.2gFiber: 5.8gSugar: 14.2gProtein: 46.3g
I looooove sheet pan meals! Here’s a few favorites!
- Easy Sheet Pan Cajun Sausage and Veggies
- Sheet Pan Hawaiian Shrimp
- Sheet Pan Cuban and Black Bean Rice Bowls
- Sheet Pan Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Fall Vegetables
- Sheet Pan Hawaiian Pineapple and Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
- Easy Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas