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 break yours out, dust it off, and put it to work more often.
When you’re not in the mood for a Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce or a Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake, you can use the ring-shaped, fluted pan with its fancy patterns and ridges for lots of other purposes. Plenty of them aren’t even food-related—but of course, the best ones are. In summer, it can serve as a handy tool for cutting the kernels off corn cobs, but check out some things you can make in the Bundt pan itself. If you don’t already have one in a cupboard, you might be inspired to go get one now. Just pay attention to the size the recipe specifies; if you have a 12 cup pan but the recipe uses a 6 cup model, you’ll probably want to double up.
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.
Make a meatloaf.
The Persian Fusion
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.
Make a circular sandwich.
4 Sons ‘R’ Us
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.
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.
Tortillas and Honey
Just as Bundt pans are great for molding gelatine, 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.
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.
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.
Make bubble bread.
Five Heart Home
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.
Make stunning stuffing.
A Spicy Perspective
Dress up your dressing this Thanksgiving 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.
Make a phyllo ring.
Nerds with Knives
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 and 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.
Make a stuffed rice timbale.
That Oven Feelin’
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.
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