Roasting a chicken on a specially designed vertical roaster cuts cooking time significantly and eliminates the need to turn the bird, but what if you don’t own one? A tube pan insert mimics a vertical roaster very well. Just place it in a shallow baking dish and spray it with nonstick cooking spray before putting the chicken onto the tube.
Cooks who’ve made stuffed bell peppers know they have an annoying tendency to topple toward disaster in the roasting pan. However, who knew that your humble tube pan could step in to save the day? Instead of cooking the peppers in a baking dish or roasting pan, as specified in most recipes, place them in a tube pan. The snug fit makes the peppers sit upright.
Want a party show-stopper aside from your, um, dance moves? Construct an ice ring that’ll have the neighbors murmuring in awe for days—and it’s dead-simple with a Bundt or tube pan. Arrange a layer of thinly sliced citrus rings over the bottom of the pan, and pour enough cold water over the fruit to barely cover. Freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Add enough ice water to cover the fruit by 1½ inches (about 2 cups), and freeze until firm, about 3 hours. When you’re ready to use the ice ring, run the bottom of the mold under warm water until the ice ring releases. Plop the ring in your punch bowl, and drink to your impeccable entertaining skills.