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Dinner is served on ONE sheet pan with this simple and super tasty sweet and sour sheet pan meatballs recipe loaded with roasted potatoes and broccoli!
In the land of meals that are easy to make and taste amazing…but may not win you any gourmet food of the year awards…these sheet pan meatballs reign supreme. And I’m all about reigning supreme, especially if it saves my sanity from slaving over a fussy meal for hours (and spending even longer to clean up).
I’ll take my meatballs and sanity, thankyouverymuch, and leave the ritzy, glitzy dinners for someone else who deserves them.
Since my kids go insanely crazy for meatballs, this sheet pan recipe, inspired from one of our favorite meatballs recipes of all time, is a family favorite. The prep is simple, the cleanup is pretty darn fast, and I love that basically everything I need to serve for dinner is in one little place ready to be scooped up with a spatula, piled on a plate, and drizzled with a delectable homemade sweet and sour sauce.
Have you made any of these? Sheet pan dinners are the best. The best.
-For this sheet pan meatballs recipe, I use lean or extra lean ground beef or turkey so the baked meatballs aren’t swimming in pools of grease at the end of the baking time. The liquid you see in the above picture is the sauce I brushed on the meatballs immediately out of the oven. It also helps to serve this meal almost right away out of the oven or at the very least remove the meatballs to a plate or serving tray if they won’t be served right away.
-The biggest trick for sheet pan dinners is getting all the varying ingredients to bake in the same amount of time. Cutting the potatoes to 1/4-inch pieces and keeping the meatballs around golf-ball size will help everything to finish cooking at about the same time.
-This recipe, made on a single sheet pan, serves about 4-5. For my family of 7, I double the recipe. This makes my hollow legged teenage boys happy and gives us a serving or so of leftovers. I split the doubled meatballs/veggies onto two sheet pans and use my convection oven setting (same temp) to bake both sheet pans at the same time.
If your soul requires easy recipes for weeknight dinners to attain complete happiness, I think you’ll like this one. Not a lot of fancy, but a whole lot of yumminess.
You could maybe even try lining the sheet pan with parchment paper for a super easy cleanup situation, but I might be a little sad for you if the vegetables don’t get some of that delicious golden brown roasting action on them. So choose wisely.
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I double this recipe for our family of 7 (gives us maybe one serving of leftovers). I split the ingredients up onto two sheet pans and cook both pans at the same time on convection setting in my oven (same temp as in the recipe). For a doubled recipe, I only 1 1/2 the sauce part.
You want the vegetables in a single layer, so if your potatoes are gigantic, you may only want to use two instead of the 3-4 medium-sized potatoes called for in the recipe. Just eyeball it so that the potatoes and broccoli don't overcrowd the sheet pan.
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