Sheet Pan Meatloaf And My Other Favorite Comfort Foods

Did you ever have one of those days where you just needed comfort food? The kind that tastes wonderful and fills you up and just makes you happy? The food itself may be different for each of us, but the results are the same - comfort and contentment.

For me, it’s a pretty simple comfort meal: meatloaf, green bean casserole and baked beans. Throw a little fruit on the side to make it even better. 

It’s a classic casserole recipe that I’ve been using for years: two cans of French style green beans drained, mixed with one can of cream of celery soup and about a cup of French-fried onions. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, top with more onions and bake for another 5-10 minutes, until all warm and bubbly.

The beans take literally no time at all. They’re Bush’s Grillin’ Beans, bourbon and brown sugar, and they’re my absolute favorites. Easy as that.

And never again will I make meatloaf in a loaf pan. I’m just sayin’. Once I cooked this meatloaf recipe on a sheet pan, it was like I had discovered what I’ve been missing all these years. A little dramatic, perhaps, but also very, very true.

2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 lbs ground beef
2 Tbsp + 1/2 cup chili sauce
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/2 cup ketchup
1/8 cup brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a sheet pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray.

2. In a small bowl, combine eggs, milk and breadcrumbs.

3. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, 2 Tbsp chili sauce, Italian seasoning and onion powder.

4. Slowly mix in the wet ingredients until well combined.

5. Turn out the meatloaf onto the sheet pan and form into a rectangle. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

6. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup chili sauce, ketchup and brown sugar. 

7. After 40 minutes, pour mixture over the meatloaf and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, until completely cooked through.


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