Better on a Sheet Pan

When prepared on basic sheet pans, these classic comfort dishes become even more irresistible.
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Photo By: Tara Donne

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Crowd-Ready Comfort Classics

It turns out your sheet pan is good for so much more than roasting vegetables. Take these comfort classics, for example: Who doesn't love the crunchy breadcrumb topping on a baked mac and cheese, or the caramelized, crispy edges of a lasagna? Baking dishes like these on a sheet pan maximizes the surface area, so you get more of the best parts in every bite. This trusty all-purpose pan is also great for turning out big batches of eggs or eggplant Parmesan — dishes that would traditionally leave you slaving over a frying pan. Here are seven sheet pan-recipes to show you how it's done.

 

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Extra-Crunchy Sheet-Pan Mac and Cheese

When you spread your mac and cheese out on a sheet pan and top it with lots of buttery breadcrumbs, you achieve maximum crunchiness in every cheesy bite.

Get the Recipe: Extra-Crunchy Sheet-Pan Mac and Cheese

All-Crust Sheet-Pan Scalloped Potatoes

This supersized version of a classic side dish maximizes the crunchy, browned bits without sacrificing the creaminess of the potatoes underneath.

Get the Recipe: All-Crust Sheet-Pan Scalloped Potatoes

Crumble Lovers' Sheet-Pan Apple Crumble

If you are someone who is always stealing the crumbs off the top of the apple crumble, this recipe is for you. Spread the apples out on a sheet pan to maximize the surface area, and up the chewy oats and crumb topping so that every bite has plenty.

Get the Recipe: Crumble Lovers' Sheet-Pan Apple Crumble

No-Fry Sheet-Pan Eggplant Parmesan

Skip the messy process of frying eggplant and bake it on a sheet pan instead. The thick slices get the same crisp exterior and soft interior, but you'll use a lot less oil.

Get the Recipe: No-Fry Sheet-Pan Eggplant Parmesan

Sheet-Pan Bacon-Egg Sandwiches for a Crowd

This ingenious method allows you to fry your bacon and cook more than a dozen eggs right on a sheet pan in the oven, eliminating all that time standing in front of the stove.

Get the Recipe: Sheet-Pan Bacon Egg Sandwiches for a Crowd

Sheet-Pan Glazed Meatloaf

Cooking meatloaf in a sheet pan cuts down the cooking time dramatically, making this a perfect weeknight dinner. Shaping it thin and flat ensures that you get enough sticky-sweet glaze in every bite.

Get the Recipe: Sheet-Pan Glazed Meat Loaf

All-Crust Sheet-Pan Lasagna

Savor caramelized cheese and crispy pasta with every bite of this sheet-pan lasagna that's all browned bits and crunchy edges. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce if you like an extra kick of heat.

Get the Recipe: All-Crust Sheet-Pan Lasagna