It seems that we here at Great 8 Friends are a little late to the sheet pan dinner party. Have you seen all the ideas? A sheet pan dinner is just what it sounds like, an entire dinner is roasted on a sheet pan. So it’s time to join the party!
If you’ve been following Great 8 Friends for a while, you know that I love old family recipes. And when Vince was a single professional living 3000 miles away from his family he did a very smart thing. He took a stack of index cards (do kids even know what those are these day?), and called his mom and grandmother, and had them dictate his favorite recipes. And that has been a jackpot for me! Whenever he is craving a dish from his childhood, chances are I can figure it out from his handwritten notes.
As this lamb dinner was being removed from the oven Vince told me that his mom actually made it in a roasting pan; but it was perfect for a sheet pan dinner. If you compare the index card and the recipe below, you can see I’ve added a couple of things. Vince suggested the herbs and he loved the addition of the tomatoes. So…old recipe, re-invented and successful!
This is the perfect meal to cook on a weeknight, because prep and cooking is all done in one pan! You get a delicious meal and only one dish to wash!
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Trim the large pieces of fat from the lamb and cut into 2-inch chunks.
Peel the sweet potato and the new potatoes and cut into 2-inch chunks.
On a large rimmed sheet pan (12x17), toss the lamb and the potatoes with the olive oil, then sprinkle the herbs over all and toss until evenly coated.
Add salt and pepper to your liking and toss. (When I make this for my extended family I leave it off altogether and let everyone add their own. My husband loves salt and pepper, so when it's just us, I use it liberally.)
Spread the meat and vegetables out on the tray evenly and scatter the sliced garlic on top.
Slide this into your preheated oven and roast for 20 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking. Meat should be browned. (We like our lamb cooked medium-well. If you want your meat more rare, then start the potatoes and add the meat 5 to 10 minutes later.)
Add the tomatoes and the peas to the sheet pan and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
The store where I buy my meat had 2 types of shoulder chops, blade and round bone. You want the chops with the round bone, they are easier to work with. Also, you can ask your butcher to cube the meat for you to save time at home.
If you don't like lamb, try substituting sirloin steak. You may need less, because sirloin is less fatty than lamb. Thanks to one of our Gr8 Friends, Claudia, for asking about this!