Rachael Ray's Sheet-Pan Thanksgiving Meal Is Perfect for Smaller Celebrations
Prep stuffing, produce, meat and potatoes all on the same sheet pan!
We don't have a crystal ball to peek at who will be attending your holiday gatherings this year, but all signs point to the fact that it will be a smaller crew than usual. In fact, more intimate gatherings featuring smaller meals and turkey alternatives (like a turkey breast, drumsticks or chicken instead of a full 10 -pound turkey) are all among our top 2020 Thanksgiving predictions inspired by your searches right here on the EatingWell website.
Which is why our ears perked up when we heard previews for an episode of the Rachael Ray Show that featured one delicious-sounding sheet-pan dinner that would be ideal for the holiday...or any day you want to feel special, TBH. Once we saw this snapshot on the show's Instagram page, we knew we had to tune in for the complete how-to.
For her "tray bake" recipe that's part of the show's "12 Days Of Thanksgiving," Ray formed homemade stuffing balls—similar to meatballs in size—and tossed them with balsamic, olive oil and herb-scented potatoes, apples and bone-in chicken pieces on a pan to bake all together. For the protein, turkey would also work for a more traditional option! (P.S.- If your sheet pans have seen better days, this pack of two is only $28 and has over 19,000 positive reviews on Amazon!)
Use a skillet to sauté the vegetables for the stuffing recipe (that's surprisingly similar to our Simple Herb Stuffing, by the way), then the entrée and side dishes cook together on one sheet pan in about an hour. We're wild about the addition of the stuffing bites and how easy they make it to stick to a reasonable portion size of one of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.
To max out the flavor in the stuffing and for "nostalgic Thanksgiving taste," Ray suggests using 2 tablespoons of poultry seasoning, like this kind from Bell's ($13.15 for three 1-ounce packets, Amazon).
All-in with the bread toasting, veggie sautéing and tray baking, this recipe takes about 90 minutes. So while it's not quite a 30-Minute Meal, it is a Thanksgiving dinner we can all savor on nearly any night of the year. Get the recipe for Rachael Ray's Chicken, Potatoes and Apples Tray Bake With Stuffing Balls here.