Mini Meatloaves, mashed potatoes, and roasted green beans all get baked together on ONE sheet pan!
The other day the toddler spilled a snack bowl of pistachios (I really wasn’t kidding about his obsession with them) and quickly, they were scattered by him and his little brother. I sat down on the floor next to the spill and asked both of the boys to pick them up. After a few minutes (because I could no longer take the ridiculous amount of whining for how “difficult” their task was) I agreed to help if we could all do it happily.
In a quick swoop I picked up over half the nuts, to which the toddler (with wide eyes of amazement), jumped up and exclaimed, “That’s a really good job mama. I’m proud of you cleaning these up so good.”
He continued to encourage me enthusiastically right until they were pretty much all cleaned up.
Apparently, I was desperate for some toddler encouragement because, I *might* have tried to impressive him with how many I could pick up at once. ?
Speaking of impressive, that is exactly how you are going to feel presenting this dinner to the table! Not only is it a delicious comfort meal, but it’s secretly SO easy.
I mean, who ever heard of making mashed potatoes on a sheet pan?! No one will know you took a crazy short-cut ?
Unless you have someone else washing the dishes — and then they’ll be crazy confused by how little there is to wash up!
- The mashed potatoes are literally prepared by cooking the potatoes on the sheet pan. You’ll chop up the potatoes, wrap them in foil, and add in some water. I’ve tried this method several times and I promise it works! You just have to be careful to follow the directions — no heavy duty foil and most importantly — do not double wrap the potatoes. One piece of foil is all you need!
- The meatloaves are super simple to make and the end result is pure deliciousness! One of my favorite things about them is the “onion secret.” Most mini meatloaves ask for a chopped up onion and inevitably you get a bite of crunchy onion in the cooked meatloaves. BUT not these! Instead of chopping the onion, you’ll grate it on a cheese grater which gives you all the great flavor with none of that raw crunch.
- Lastly, the green beans are about as simple as they get! Often-times less is more; just pour some olive oil + salt and pepper over the beans and that’s it — sheer perfection!
While this dinner takes it’s fair share of time in the oven, it couldn’t be easier to prep! Enjoy 🙂
- Kosher Salt & Freshly Cracked Pepper
- 1 and 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup milk, 1%, 2%, or whole
- 1 packet gravy mix + water, optional
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup grated yellow onion (1 large onion or 2 medium)
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/4 cup Panko*
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons milk, 1%, 2%, or whole
- 3 tablespoon Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1 and 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a large sheet of regular foil on a large (13 x 18-inch) sheet pan. Spray both the sheet pan and the foil generously with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the peeled and chopped (into small pieces) potatoes along with a generous pinch of salt and pepper in the center of the foil.
Fold the foil up around the potatoes and add in the water. Seal the potatoes into a packet. Do NOT use heavy duty foil or more than one piece of foil or the potatoes won't cook properly.
Place in the oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the mini meatloaves.
In a large bowl, add in the egg and lightly beat it with a fork. Using a cheese grater, grate the onion (grating keeps you from getting a bite of raw onion - yay!) and add it to the bowl along with the Italian seasoning, tomato paste, Panko, Worcestershire sauce, milk, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and chopped parsley. Whisk ingredients together and then add in the ground beef.
Mix the ingredients together being careful not to over-mix or mash the meat as that creates a denser meatloaf. Handling as little as possible, form 6 small meatloaves. Add to the tray with the potatoes and spread the ketchup evenly among the top of the meatloaves.
Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven, dab up some of the grease (shouldn't be too much with lean ground beef) with a napkin, and add the trimmed green beans in the last section of the sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Toss and place in the oven for another 15-20 minutes or until the beans are roasted and the meatloaf is cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
Remove from the oven, and carefully open the foil pack of potatoes. Transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl and add in the butter, milk, and salt + pepper to taste. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes and if needed, hand mixers to make them smooth.
If desired, prepare the gravy packet according to package directions to serve with the potatoes.
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