Few foods are more comforting than a good roast. But if you’re going to fire up some meat—whether it be beef, pork or poultry—you’re going to need a pan specifically dedicated to the task before you slide it into the oven.
Enter the roasting pan, a piece of cookware that, rather obviously, has its purpose baked into its name. Whether you want to roast small cuts of meat or a whole bird, there’s a variety of roasting pans for that very purpose. Some of them even come with racks to hold the meat you’re cooking above the pan, so that the fats and juices can drip down on and be absorbed by the vegetables you’re warming up below.
If all that has you salivating, then it might be time for you to invest in a roasting pan of your own and get to it. Here are four that are sure to do the trick.
1. Mauviel M’héritage Roasting Pan with Rack
This is easily one of the most beautiful pans you’ve ever seen. But it’s so much more than an eye-catching piece of cookware. Made from tri-ply copper, aluminum and stainless steel, you’ll get fast and even heating no matter what you’re roasting. It also works on gas, electric and halogen stovetops, as well as in the oven. And, to top it all off, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
2. Viking Culinary Roasting Pan
Viking’s roasting pan is great for cooks that want less stress in the kitchen. Crafted from hard-anodized aluminum, it can be used on all types of cooktops and is oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The interior also sports an advanced triple-layer nonstick coating that means you can remove your chicken or turkey with very little effort and won’t be left with baked-on grease. The large, heavy-duty pan is also fitted sturdy handles that are wide enough to grip even with oven mitts on. Best of all, this pan can be thrown straight in the dishwasher after you finish your Sunday roast.
3. All-Clad Stainless Steel Roaster
All-Clad’s roaster is a classic through and through. Made of heavy-duty stainless steel, this is a roasting pan that’s built to last for years and years. At 13 by 16 inches, it’s big enough to roast a 20 lb. chicken, and comes with a rack to making cooking the bird even easier. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that while the rack is nonstick, the pan the vegetables will be sitting on isn’t. Still, once you tear into that chicken, we’re guessing you won’t mind one bit.
4. Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Rectangular Roaster
When you think of a roasting pan, chances are your mind goes to something made of stainless steel. If you want to shake things up, though, then it might be worth trying a cast-iron option. Of those, you can’t go wrong with this series of colorful roasting pans. The construction means it evenly distributes and retains heat, while a large enamel interior that can handle everything from chicken to casseroles. The pan isn’t too tall, either, so it’s great for oven roasting.