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15 Reasons To Love Your Cast Iron Pan

January  5, 2018

Those who love their cast iron skillets love their cast iron skillets. They already know the ins and outs of seasoning and sizzling and sing their pan praises loudly. But if you’re a cast iron newbie and not sure where to start with your skillet, we’re here to guide you to succulent steaks and saucy shakshukas. Or perfectly braised chicken and a spicy hash. Or crispy french toast. (We could go on and on...) Hungry for more? Read on for 15 skillet-friendly dishes.

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Patty January 7, 2018
Rib eye steak in a SCREAMING HOT cast iron or how bout cornbread? Fried potatoes and onions, DELICIOUS
AntoniaJames January 5, 2018
Roast chicken! On a big pile of onions and fresh herbs, doused with wine 30 minutes before removing from the oven, and when my sons are home, adding half a loaf of artisan bread, cubed to the onions and herbs -- that rich, stuffing-y stuff has got to be one of the most delicious things ever, and it really works best in cast iron. (Pile some of the bread under the spatchcocked bird with the onions to start; pull the onions and the bread out to the edges of the pan halfway through the roasting time and add put the rest under the bird. Stir once or twice before removing from the oven. Best with rustic breads with the crusts left on.) ;o)
Nancy January 6, 2018
Yes! How could I forget the chicken?...
Nancy January 5, 2018
Favorite? Hard to choose.
Other than mentioned in this article?
Pancakes (fried individually or baked whole batch at once and cut in wedges)
Roast vegetables, to eat plain or use in other recipes.
Pies or crumbles or crisps, anything with crunchy top.