Cook A Crown Roast Without Kitchen Twine

The holidays are the time to bust out show-stopping main courses, and nothing stops the show quite like a crown made entirely of meat. Most crown roasts are wrangled into shape with a bit of kitchen twine, but if you don’t have any, Alton Brown (very cleverly) suggests using a bundt pan.

There are some size-imposed limitations to this hack — stick with a smallish pork or lamb crown — but it’s extremely elegant, and you don’t have to worry about everything falling apart during cooking, or if you tied that knot tight enough. (Plus, it’s the lazier route, and I am always in favour of the lazier route.)