3 Essential Elements for a Fabulous Sheet Pan Supper

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Sheet pan suppers all the rage right now. A quick search on Pinterest will yield tons of results. (Here is my Pinterest board if you would like to take a look.) And what’s not to love about them? A sheet pan supper is easy, and only requires one pan so clean up is super quick.  Most can even be prepped ahead of time.

A sheet pan supper is also a great choice when entertaining. When supper rolls around, preheat the oven, toss everything on the pan (you can even line it with foil or parchment paper first), drizzle on some oil and sprinkle on the spices, and pop it in the oven. Then you can enjoy your guests while dinner cooks.

The three things you need for a great sheet pan supper.

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Elements of a sheet pan supper

Before you throw random things on a pan, there are a couple of key elements to making a great sheet pan supper.

1. Use Lean Cuts of Meat

First, you want to start with a fairly lean cut of meat. Anything too fatty, will leave the vegetables covered in a pool of grease.

2. Choose In-Season Vegetables

The second essential ingredient for a great sheet pan supper is the vegetables. Typically, I try to choose vegetables that are in-season, so they will naturally be cheaper. But any vegetable that can hold up to roasting works well here. The beauty of this type of meal though, is that you can substitute your favorite vegetables for what the recipe calls for.

I usually try to have three or four different vegetables in my sheet pan suppers, usually a starchy one like potatoes, and several other non-starchy ones. My kids are allowed to pick out one vegetable they don’t want to eat, but they are required to eat the rest. I do allow them to top it with ketchup or BBQ sauce.

Keep in mind, if some vegetables take longer to cook, put them on the pan first. Then later, toss the faster cooking vegetables on the pan, part-way through the cooking time.

3. Seasoning

Another key element is the spices or seasonings. Unless you prefer really bland food, a few good spices will really elevate your sheet pan supper. See below for some of my recommendations. If you don’t have many spices on hand, you can always top the finished sheet pan dinner with a sauce like BBQ or honey mustard.

Sheet pan suppers are adaptable for everyone

Sheet Pan supper ready to go into the oven
Sheet pan supper ready to go into the oven

Most sheet pan suppers can be adapted to a variety of diets as well. By choosing low starch vegetables they can be diabetic-friendly. With no flour in them, most are naturally gluten free. Leave out the meat, and they can be perfect for your vegetarian friend.

Plus most sheet pan suppers contain a mix of protein and vegetables so they contain a good balance of nutrients. These types of meals also tend to appeal to kids because roasting the veggies brings out their natural sweetness.

Foods that work well in a sheet pan supper

Keep in mind, these are only suggestions. You can really use any combination you like. If you prefer specific recipes, I’ve included links to several near the end of the post.

Meats/Protein:

  • cubed chicken
  • chicken breasts or thighs
  • cubed steak
  • pork chops
  • sliced sausage links
  • fish
  • chickpeas

Vegetables:

  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • carrots
  • onions
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • asparagus
  • brussels sprouts
  • bell peppers
  • green beans
  • squash or zucchini

Spices:

The sky is really the limit here. Use any combination of spices that appeals to you. To make it easy, you can use pre-made spice mixes such as

How to cook a sheet pan supper

Once you have determined your protein, vegetables, and spices, a sheet pan supper is super easy to cook. Place the meat and veggies on a large sheet pan, drizzle with whatever type of oil you prefer (olive, sunflower, grapeseed, etc.) and sprinkle on the spices.

Give everything a good stir and place in a preheated 425 degree oven. Roast for 20 minutes, stir, and return to the oven until the meat is cooked through. To make clean up even easier, you can line the pan with parchment paper first.

Links to other recipes

Sheet pan supper ready to eat
Sheet pan supper ready to eat

Here is a list of 38 sheet pan suppers from Taste of Home magazine’s website. There are some pizza recipes included as well, which I don’t really consider sheet pan suppers, but there are enough good ideas here to get you started.

Food Network also had some ideas that really had me drooling. I shouldn’t have been researching this post when I was so hungry!

And these sheet pan suppers include a low country boil, lots of fish recipes, and even a breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner sheet pan meal!

Have you tried sheet pan suppers?

Serve your sheet pan supper with a loaf of bread or some homemade rolls and you have a perfect meal to enjoy with family or friends. It is simplicity at its finest, and a wonderful way to show hospitality to friends with out stressing about your meal.

You also should check out my Sheet Pan Nachos recipe. It is a family favorite.

Have you tried a sheet pan supper before? If you find a really good one, I would love to know about it. You can forward the recipe to julieb at dogwoodsanddandelions {dot} com (or a link to the recipe if you found it online).

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