Roasting Pans are an essential part of any well-equipped kitchen. Whether you're cooking a Thanksgiving turkey for a crowd or a Sunday roast for your family, the right roasting pan can make or break your meal. Roasting pans are usually designed in a rectangular or oval shape that will easily accommodate roasts and birds. They have a deep lip that will hold in the flavorful juices from your meat so that you can make sauces and gravies before serving your meal. The pan's depth also allows you to spread an assortment of vegetables, such as potatoes, parsnips and onions, on the bottom of the pan so they can soak up the flavor of the meat as they cook, giving you a convenient one-dish meal. Most roasting pans come with a handy rack that fits neatly inside of it so that your meat does not touch the bottom of the pan. This not only allows fats to drip away, giving you a healthier dish, but it also allows the hot air to circulate on all sides for absolutely even cooking. Some roasting pans also come with tight-fitting lids that you can use to protect poultry from browning too much, as well as keeping your meat warm during the resting period after it comes out of the oven.
Choose roasting pans from name brands so that you know you're getting a quality product. All-Clad makes a variety of roasting pans in stainless steel, and it also features nonstick and round pans as well. Le Creuset, one of the leaders in cast iron cookware, makes roasting pans in its signature enameled cast-iron in a variety of colors to match your kitchen decor. Calphalon and Rachael Ray are two brands we also enjoy when you're shopping for an oven-safe roaster.