Be honest. How often do you actually use your Bundt pan? It certainly turns out beautiful cakes, but you can’t eat dessert all the time. Luckily, just like your Instant Pot and stand mixer, Bundt pans are good for more than one thing—so before you toss it as part of your effort to Marie Kondo your kitchen, break it out, dust it off, and put it to work more often.
Aside from all the non-food-related things you can do with the ring-shaped, fluted pan with its fancy patterns and ridges, there are many more that do involve eating (and so are clearly superior). Some of them are still more utilitarian—in summer, it can serve as a handy tool for cutting the kernels off corn cobs, or even make an attractive receptacle for shrimp or crawfish shells at a small-scale seafood boil, but check out 11 things you can make in the Bundt pan itself. If you’re inspired to buy your first one, just pay attention to the size the recipe specifies; if you have a 12-cup Bundt pan but the recipe uses a 6-cup model, you’ll probably want to double up.
Nordic Ware Heart-Shaped Bundt Pan, $26.98 on Amazon
How do we love the Bundt pan? Let us count the ways...
Here’s what to do with your Bundt pan when you’re not making cake:
1. Roast a chicken.
Scatter chopped vegetables in the bottom of the pan and prop a whole chicken, rubbed with whatever herbs and seasonings you like, on the center spoke (so to speak), then roast it. The juices will flavor the veggies, and the skin will crisp nicely—although, depending on the size of your chicken and of the pan, the leg skin may be a bit flabbier, so you might want to make the veggies in another vessel and toss them in the juices afterward. Vertically roasting poultry is a technique beloved by many, but taking a cue from Cooks Gazette, you could also try impaling the bird with the legs up instead cooking it in the more common “sitting” position. Get this Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken recipe.
Cuisinart Chef's Classic Nonstick Bundt Pan, $12.95 on Amazon
A basic model that will serve you well, no matter what you do with it.
2. Make a meatloaf.
Despite its reputation as dry and boring, meatloaf can be exceptional—and you can make it in a Bundt pan for a prettier presentation. This Persian-inspired meatloaf includes fillings like hard boiled eggs and spinach for extra oomph, but you can make a classic bacon-wrapped meatloaf into a perfect circle too, or any other loaf you like! Get this Persian-Inspired Bundt Meatloaf with Pomegranate Sauce recipe.
Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Anniversary Bundtlette Pan, $32.58 on Amazon
Make little baby Bundt cakes (or mini meatloaves) with this pan.
3. Make a circular sandwich.
Baking a loaf of bread in a Bundt pan means you can serve what looks like a giant bagel sandwich, which is obviously fantastic for feeding a crowd. You can make your own dough or use store-bought; either way, be sure to slice carefully with a serrated knife to keep the ring intact. Then fill it with whatever you fancy, from cold cuts to tuna to turkey and avocado, or run with the bagel resemblance and do an oversize bacon, egg, and cheese. You really can’t go wrong. Get this Ham and Pimento Cheese Bundt Pan Sub Sandwich recipe.
Boxiki Kitchen Silicone Bundt Pan, $29.99 on Amazon
A newfangled silicone model promises easy release—and easy clean-up.
4. Make a Jello mold.
Bundt pans are a natural fit for Jello and molded salads in general, but if you’re not 100 percent on board with those jiggly applications, maybe a gigantic (and rather fetching) Jello shot is more your speed? Get this Spiked Rainbow Jello Bundt Mold recipe.
Nordic Ware Brilliance Bundt Pan, $33.98 on Amazon
A sharp geometric design makes for a modern Bundt cake—or Jello mold.
5. Make flan.
Just as Bundt pans are great for molding gelatin, they’re fabulous for creamy, caramel-drenched flan. This version is perfect for fall thanks to pumpkin puree, but you can make any flavor you prefer in a Bundt pan, from classic vanilla to coconut flan and beyond. Get this Tres Leches Pumpkin Bundt Flan recipe.
Nordic Ware Bavarian Bundt Pan, $23.94 on Amazon
This Bundt pan has art deco style to spare.
6. Make an ice ring for punch.
Using a Bundt pan to make an ice ring is an easy way to efficiently chill a bowl of punch (it also melts less quickly than cubes), and simultaneously make it prettier, especially if you embed citrus slices, whole berries, or even edible flowers in the ice. You can also freeze another liquid—in our whiskey and Guinness punch, for instance, we make an ice ring from a mix of hard and regular apple cider instead of plain old water. Get our Velvetbomb Punch recipe.
Nordic Ware Rose Cast Aluminum Bundt Pan, $23.94 on Amazon
A fetching petaled pan for another take on edible flowers.
7. Make monkey bread.
After cakes, monkey bread might be the most common use for a Bundt pan, but that’s only as it should be, because it’s delicious, delightfully named, and fun to pull apart. Try pumpkin monkey bread, chocolate-caramel monkey bread, or go classic with this simple cinnamon-scented version. It calls for making your own yeast dough from scratch, but in a pinch, you can use balls of store-bought biscuit or crescent roll dough instead. Get this Monkey Bread recipe.
Nordic Ware Vintage Star Bundt Pan, $24.62 on Amazon
Be star baker every time with this charming retro pan.
8. Make bubble bread.
Really, this is just another name for savory monkey bread, but it’s equally fun—and delicious—so we’re giving it its own spotlight. As with the sweet version, you can make your own dough, or use shortcut crescent rolls or biscuits (or pizza dough, in the case of pull-apart pizza bread). As for the add-ins, you can get as involved as scrambling eggs, cooking bacon, and shredding cheese, or keep it simple by quickly rolling the dough balls in different herbs and cheese. Mixing and matching the coatings makes for an especially festive ring with great flavor. Get this Savory Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread recipe.
Nordic Ware 70th Anniversary Crown Bundt Pan, $39.95 at Sur La Table
Versatile, and lovely enough to leave out on your counter or mount on your wall!
9. Make stunning stuffing.
Dress up your dressing for Thanksgiving (or any Sunday dinner) and make it in a Bundt pan, for a delicious centerpiece that has plenty of crisp crust to go around (literally). Any bread-based stuffing should work well, so feel free to use your favorite recipe—but be sure to thoroughly grease the pan before packing it in, which is a good rule of thumb for anything you make in one of these pans. Get this Bundt Pan Stuffing recipe.
Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Heritage Bundt Pan, $35.90 on Amazon
Steep ridges swirl around this pan for showstopping cakes (or stuffing).
10. Make a phyllo ring.
You can make a standard frittata in a Bundt pan, but why stop there? Mix the eggs with plenty of cheese, diced ham or chicken, garlic, and Swiss chard, encase it in a shattering-crisp, super flaky, golden-brown wrapper of phyllo dough, and you have a showstopper on your hands. It’s a labor of love, yes, but it’s worth it when you want an impressive dish that tastes as good as it looks. Get this Bundt Pan Phyllo Torte with Chicken, Ricotta, and Swiss Chard recipe.
Nordic Ware Square Gold Bundt Pan, $38 at Sur La Table
Sometimes it truly is hip to be square.
11. Make a stuffed rice timbale.
Sartù di riso is a Neapolitan rice timbale, stuffed with meatballs and tomato sauce. Breadcrumbs help hold the cooked arborio rice together when you unmold it, but like the phyllo ring, this one isn’t exactly a weeknight dinner. Get this Bundt Pan Sartù di Riso Meatball, Sausage, and Rice Timbale recipe.
Nordic Ware Jubilee Bundt Pan, $37 on Amazon
Give your creations a honeycomb or chrysanthemum-inspired pattern with this pan.
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