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15 Brilliant Bundt Pan Ideas That Change Everything

It's not just for cakes anymore!

Some pans just get used more than others, and sadly, my bundt pan is one of the ones that seems to get neglected the most. But I say it’s time to dust off our bundt pans and put them back to work! I’ve gather together 15 ways to use a bundt pan, to do everything from feeding a hungry crowd to getting organized. If you have a favorite use for your bundt pan that isn’t listed here, I’d love to hear about it!  Leave a comment at the bottom of this post, and you and your comment could be featured in a future blog post!

Related: This Unusual Method Makes The Best Roast Chicken Ever

15 Uses for Bundt Pans

1. Pizza Bread

This pizza bread is a fun twist on a pepperoni pizza, but rather than having the sauce inside, you dip the bread into the sauce. It’s simple, quick, and sure to be a crowdpleaser.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans biscuit dough
  • 2 Tbsp parsley flakes
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • (1) 8oz package of pepperoni
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Pizza sauce, for dipping

Directions:

Cut the biscuit dough pieces and pepperoni into quarters. (You can cut the pepperoni into smaller pieces, if you prefer.)

Mix the quartered biscuits, parsley, oil, pepperoni, and cheese together in a large bowl. Stir the mixture until the oil is evenly distributed. Transfer the mixture into a bundt pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until the top is has browned and the center is thoroughly cooked. Double-check that the center of the bread is done before you pull it out of the oven.

When it’s done, place a large plate upside down on top of the bundt pan, then flip the pan and plate over together. The pizza bread should slide out onto the plate easily. Serve your pizza bread with a side of pizza sauce to dip it in, and enjoy!

2. Chilling Drinks

Throw some ice cubes and a couple of small drinks into your bundt pan to use it as a chilling bucket! Bundt pans are the perfect size to keep a few juice boxes or small bottles of soda on ice.

3. Craft Caddy

I swear, whenever I want to make a card or wrap a gift, I have to search high and low to find all my supplies. It would make my life a lot easier to just borrow this idea – using a bundt pan as a craft caddy! Store your scissors in center hole, and fill the rest in with ribbon, washi tape, twine, and any other craft supplies you’d like to keep track of.

4. S’mores Caddy

A night out by our fire ring isn’t complete without a couple of s’mores, so I always try to keep s’mores supplies in the pantry during the summer. A year or so ago I came across the idea to use a bundt pan to carry your s’mores supplies, and now I use it every time. It makes it so much easier to pass the s’mores supplies around the fire when they’re all in the same container. (Plus it makes it less likely that we’ll lose track of something and find my grand-puppy Milo eating it later!)

5. Meatloaf

Next time you’re making meatloaf, try baking it in your bundt pan instead of a loaf pan. The finished meatloaf will have tons of nooks and crannies, which hold sauces and ketchup better than the traditional loaf shape.

Read More: Classic Bundt Meatloaf from The Kitchn

6. Side Dishes

Bundt pans can be great for making side dishes, too! Sommer from A Spicy Perspective makes her Thanksgiving stuffing using a bundt pan. She says that the finished stuffing looks so good it could almost serve as the centerpiece!

Read More: Stuffing in a Bundt Pan from A Spicy Perspective

7. Ice for Punch

Making a big bowl of punch is without a doubt the easiest way to serve drinks to a crowd.  But a big bowl of punch can melt standard ice cubes really quickly, resulting in watery punch after a while. You can avoid that issue by making one BIG ice cube – using your trusty bundt pan, of course! It will melt much more slowly than standard ice cubes, and it will look great, too.

Read More: Party-Ready Ice Ring from Food Network

8. Jell-o Mold

Molded jell-o salads, both sweet and savory, were all the rage in the early-to-mid 1900’s. Most of these vintage jell-o salad recipes should probably stay in the past (for instance, this Jellied Lamb Salad), but there’s no reason not to bring back molded jell-o in general! This layered rainbow jell-o creation is simply stunning, and would make a fun dessert for all sorts of occasions. (The original recipe includes alcohol, but you could just prepare the jell-o according to the package directions for a non-boozy version.)

Read More: Spiked Rainbow Ribbon Salad from Tablespoon

9. Breakfast Casserole

I love a good breakfast casserole. It’s all the best parts of breakfast in one dish, and I love how each bite has a little bit of everything! They’re also REALLY easy to make, which makes them great for mornings when you’re cooking for a crowd. The advantage of cooking a breakfast casserole in a bundt pan comes from the extra surface area; more surface area = more golden brown deliciousness. Yum!

Read More: Sausage Egg Cheese Breakfast Bread from The Neighborhood Moms

10. Jalapeno Poppers

Christie from Zestuous was looking for an easy way to make jalapeno poppers for a crowd, and came up with the brilliant idea of making them in her bundt pan! Standing the jalapenos upright keeps the cheesy goodness inside from oozing out, and you can stack a LOT of them together in one pan! But if you want to make less, she recommends filling the gap in the pan with balled-up tin foil. So smart!

Read More: Bundt Pan Jalapeno Poppers from Zestuous

11. Rolled Spanakopita

This rolled phyllo dish is a take on classic Greek spanakopita. While spanakopita is traditionally layered by hand in a pan, you can eliminate that step by simply rolling everything together and baking it in your bundt pan! All that flaky, cheesy goodness for less effort – it’s a no-brainer.

Read More: Chard and Feta Phyllo Bundt from The Kitchn

12. Corn Off the Cob

I am a frequent visitor to the pop-up corn stands in our town during the summer months, because we go through a lot of it! A year or two ago I heard about this tip, and now I use it every time I’m cutting corn off the cob. Just place your ear of corn into the center hole of a bundt pan, and cut the corn away from the cob. The kernels will fall down into the pan, rather than hitting the counter and bouncing everywhere.

Read More: Easy Tip for Getting Corn Off the Cob from Simply Recipes

13. Roasted Chicken

Your bundt pan can do double duty by making your entree and sides at the same time! You can stand a whole chicken up on the center part of the pan, and put your veggies and potatoes in the bottom of the pan. The chicken will have a delicious, crispy skin all over from being cooked upright!

Read More: Bundt Pan Roast Chicken from Kitchen Joy

14. Sandwiches for a Crowd

So we’ve covered breakfast and dinner, but what can bundt pans do for lunch? Look no further than this amazing tuna melt sandwich from I Heart Kitchen! First you make a ring of freshly-baked bread, then you slice it in half, pile on your ingredients, and put it back in oven to melt the cheese. One bundt sandwich can feed up to 6 people, so it’s a great option for families or groups.

Read More: Avocado Tuna Melt Sandwich Ring from I Heart Kitchen

15. Monkey Bread

If you look up bundt pan recipes on Pinterest, you’ll likely find a thousand different pins about  “Monkey Bread.” Usually made using some sort of pre-made dough, this dish is baked in a bundt pan and made to be pulled apart. You can find sweet and savory varieties (like the pizza bread we showed earlier), but my favorite version similar to a cinnamon roll. It’s layered with cinnamon and sugar, and served with a powdered sugar glaze. My mouth is watering just from looking at the photo!

Read More: The Best Monkey Bread from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

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