Once You Try Sheet-Pan Meatloaf You’ll Never Want to Make It Any Other Way

Reinvent a classic with this genius, timesaving, flavor-boosting trick.

May 14, 2020
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I’m not going to lie, when I was younger, I was never too thrilled about meatloaf night. Who gets excited for a molded, pale-colored loaf of meat? Between the weird shape and the brown(ish) color mixed with even more brown from the sauce, it just wasn’t appealing to me at the time. Why not make a delicious hamburger or some tasty meatballs instead?

However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate the taste, texture and comfort that comes with meatloaf. It has become one of my favorite meals to make because it’s easy and uses simple ingredients. And, with just a little bit of know-how you can turn it into an really impressive homemade meal (without breaking a sweat).

Dana Beninati’s Sheet-Pan Glazed Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes class on the Food Network app is the perfect class to help you recreate (and elevate) this traditional dish.

Instead of an odd-shaped loaf, this meatloaf is cooked on a sheet pan. Using the sheet tray rather than the typical pan makes all the difference. She says, “Number one: it cooks really quickly because it’s nice and thin. And, number two: the ratio of meat to glaze is a lot higher,” meaning you get a taste of the sticky-sweet glaze in every bite. Yum! Best of all, because the sheet pan drastically cuts down the bake time, you’ll have a few extra minutes to spend with your family, instead of cooped up in the kitchen. Pro tip: to cut even more cook time, make the meatloaf on two quarter sheet pans instead of one larger one.

In addition to being a quick and easy meal, Dana also shares that this version is great for meal prep. She says, “By splitting this into two pans I can roast one off tonight...but the other one I could just pop in the freezer with the glaze on it and roast it off when I’m ready for it — anytime, straight from frozen.” It’s a great way stock your freezer with homemade, ready-to-cook family meals.

Quick, delicious and easy to make ahead — this meatloaf is pure comfort. And what’s not to love about that?

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