Meat and potatoes are classic American food, and when the weather starts to turn a little cooler and we’re spending more time indoors, it’s what we crave. Meatloaf just happens to be something I think I’m quite an expert on because when I had my own private chef business, it was my turkey meatloaf that my clients liked the most. When I was cooking more professionally, I remember thinking I needed to be creative and cook a bit more outside the box, but what people really want to eat are good classic dishes made well.
My sheet pan meatloaf is a mix of ground beef and pork with a bunch of tasty seasonings. I chose two kinds of meat for two reasons. First, the pork keeps things tender after cooking, and yields a little fat that helps roast the potatoes nicely, and secondly, beef brings structure to a meatloaf, and allows you to add other ingredients that compact together with ease.
Making a meatloaf and potatoes that finish at the same time is my kind of recipe. I start the meatloaf first, and then add the potatoes after 30 minutes, so they don’t overcook, and come out soft and tender. The sauce is a mixture of three things; tomato sauce, honey and red pepper flakes. It yields enough to spread over the meatloaf, while still having some to use as a dipping sauce for the potatoes. I think this meal is great to prepare on a weekend, so you have leftovers to make some killer meatloaf sandwiches during the week.
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 cup white onion, diced finely
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Tomato Hot Honey Sauce
14 ounce can tomato sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 pound small new potatoes, washed
salt & pepper
oil for cooking
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine all meatloaf ingredients. Press together gently to form an oval. Drizzle sheet pan with oil and place meatloaf on top. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove sheet pan from oven and add potatoes toss around in pork fat. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.
- Bake in oven for 30 minutes. While meatloaf and potatoes are cooking, add tomato sauce, honey and red pepper flakes to a sauce pan. Place over simmer and cook until meatloaf in done.
- Remove meatloaf and potatoes, and using a spoon cover meatloaf with sauce. Place back in oven for 10 minutes with potatoes. Reserve remaining sauce for dipping. Remove meatloaf and potatoes from oven.
- Place on a serving platter and serve with extra sauce. Enjoy!