There are many, many great, family pleasing meals that we can make in the oven. Foods that are family favorites - ribs, casseroles, brisket, baked ziti or lasagna. Baked chicken, meatloaf, fish or pot roast - they are all delicious and pleasing, stick to the ribs family favorites.
Meals that stick to the ribs have one other thing in common - they stick to the pan as well. When you are trying to serve up those delicious dinners, it can really frustrating when half of the food sticks to the pan. It's even more frustrating when that beautiful lasagna slides into a mess, or the meatloaf falls apart when you try to slice it. You might work really hard to get a meal to taste great, but if it looks like a hot mess - it can be really annoying.
What's a home cook to do?
I have, for a long time, been a proponent of parchment paper - it's smooth surface means foods don't stick, and it allows food to be lifted out of a pan neatly. I also love to line a pan with foil, especially for a meat based dish - the foil forms to the pan and makes clean up a complete cinch - just lift the foil from the pan and toss it.
When you make a dish that's gooey, cheesy and somewhat looser in form - say, mac and cheese or lasagna - lining with foil seems like a no brainer, but it's really not a good idea. After all, if you use foil, the cheese sticks - and who wants less cheese? My motto is more cheese, all the time.
Enter the Reynolds Non Stick Lining paper - truly the best of both worlds. Parchment on one side, to allow the food to lift off easily, and foil on the other, to form to the pan and make clean up a snap. After all, who wants to scrub the cheese OFF a pan when you could be enjoying the cheese IN your dish?
Or even better - in your mouth.
I rarely make baked macaroni and cheese or baked ziti, simply because the cheese makes such a mess in the pan that I just skip it. Happily for my family, I can now make those meals more often - although unhappily for my pants, which were snug to begin with.
Yummmmm. Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Probably the best dish ever made.
What is your favorite, impressive dinner item that makes a mess - and so you rarely cook it?