14 Amazing Recipes to Master Cooking With a Cast-Iron Skillet
One culinary tool that every home cook should have is a cast-iron skillet. The sturdy and long-lasting pan conducts heat like no other material and is ideal for searing meat and caramelizing vegetables. A well-seasoned skillet is naturally nonstick and a versatile cooking vessel. You can deep-fry chicken, bake eggs, and make an apple pie in a cast-iron skillet. Plus, it goes from the stovetop to the oven in one swift movement. Because cast-iron skillets transfer heat so well, it’s important to take care when using one. You don’t want to burn yourself! Always use an oven mitt when you reach for a cast-iron skillet. Wondering what sort of delicious dishes you can make in the pan? Here are 14 excellent recipes to encourage you to experiment with your cast iron.
Make use of mini cast-iron skillets by making this recipe for huevos rancheros with roasted tomato sauce. The skillets are lined with tortillas and filled with black beans, eggs, smoky chipotle tomato sauce, and salty cotija cheese. Bake, and in a short amount of time, you’ll be devouring a Tex-Mex-inspired brunch classic.
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This skillet chicken tortilla pie recipe is for the days when you want to make enchiladas but don’t want to be bothered by all of that tortilla rolling. Simply make this scrumptious layered dish instead!
To make steak taste like it came out of a steak house’s kitchen, you’ve got to cook it in a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet. For a perfect porterhouse steak, let it come to room temperature before you sear it. Dot it with butter, broil to finish cooking, and give the meat a lovely crisp crust.
Combine flavorful dark-meat chicken thighs, fingerling potatoes, and green olives in a large cast-iron skillet. Coat with oil, season with salt and pepper, and voilà! In 30 minutes, you’ll have this savory, Mediterranean-inspired one-pot meal.
A cast-iron skillet is the workhorse of brunch. Use it to make a one-pot meal of baked eggs with fresh chorizo and creamy Yukon Gold potatoes. Yum!
If you’ve ever made homemade pizza and wondered why the bottom didn’t get crispy and browned the way it does at a pizza place, this recipe for pretzel-crust pizza is for you. Cooking the dough in a cast-iron skillet before you place it in the oven will ensure that the bottom is nice and charred.
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What do you love to make in your cast-iron skillet?