If you have a bundt pan at home, you probably only whip it out when it’s time to make a cake. However, you can make more than just a plain old pound cake using your bundt pan, and you don’t even have to stick to making a cake at all.
This kitchen tool can be used for a wide variety of recipes, and with its iconic shape, it adds some kitschy fun to more traditional dishes. So, haul out that bundt pan and shake things up with these eight unexpected recipes.
1. Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread
Make a fun and unique, easy-to-share loaf of bread using your bundt pan. This garlic-and-cheese-filled bread uses biscuits to make a ring-shaped loaf that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. If you like, use extra cheese of whatever kind you have to top this, because that is always the right thing to do.
Recipe: The Cutting Edge of Ordinary
2. Cold Cut Bundt Sandwich
Hosting a party? Make this giant sandwich using bread made in a bundt pan. Just buy some pre-made bread dough, place it in the pan, pinch the ends together and then cook in your oven. Once it’s ready, add your favorite sandwich ingredients — like tomatoes, a few different types of cheese, lettuce and cold cuts — and assemble lunch for a large crowd in a flash.
Recipe: 4 Sons R Us
3. Bundt Cake Breakfast
There’s no actual cake in this one, but it’ll make you happy nonetheless. Instead, it’s made with ham, eggs, garlic, cream, frozen and shredded hash browns, sweet Hawaiian bread and cheddar and Colby Jack cheese for a decadent and savory breakfast that can last all week.
Recipe: Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons
4. Baked Macaroni N’ Cheesecake
Don’t worry, this mac and cheese dish won’t be tart like a cheesecake dessert. The cheesy pasta is just baked in the bundt pan for extra crispiness, and you’ll get an incredible texture and an interesting shape using the pan. You can serve it up just like a cake, even though the flavors are savory.
Recipe: Amsterdam and Beyond
5. Roasted Chicken And Vegetables
You don’t need any fancy tools to roast a chicken — just use a bundt pan! Fill the inside of the pan with vegetables, stuff your chicken, and place your chicken on the top part of your pan for a full meal that requires very little maintenance. Just remember to out some foil over the hole in your bundt cake pan … and maybe place a pan underneath, too.
Recipe: One Good Thing by Jillee
Make Thanksgiving a little more interesting by creating stuffing in a bundt pan. Serving will be a breeze since you can just slice away at the perfectly cooked bread-, bacon- and herb-filled ring.
Recipe: Kim’s Healthy Eats
7. Jalapeño Poppers
Sick of all your cheese melting off your jalapeños? Here’s a solution: Use a bundt pan to prop those babies up. You can make a large batch of jalapeño poppers this way, and you won’t have to worry about all that cheese leaving the dish. This might not work for you if you have trypophobia, though, since the unfilled jalapenos placed inside look a lot like holes.
8. Hidden Sloppy Joes
Sloppy joes are easy to make when you bake them into a bundt cake. Simply cook the ground beef with the sloppy joe sauce of your choice in between some dough. This forms a unique bundt cake that makes up a whole meal! It can be eaten for lunch or dinner all year round.
Recipe: Betty Crocker
Bonus: Giant Donut Cake
Can’t decide whether to celebrate someone’s birthday with some donuts or a birthday cake? Get the best of both worlds with this giant donut cake from The Cake Blog. This gorgeous creation is made using a bundt pan, some buttercream frosting and a fondant “glaze.”
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