I do not have a clue as to why, when I think Cast Iron Skillet, I immediately think of someone getting hit over the head with it, but that is where my mind goes. In fact, I have never hit anybody with a cast iron skillet, but I have made some great meals, food, desserts and snacks in one. I want to share a few here with you today.
I am assuming that your Cast Iron Skillet is seasoned. These recipes will work best with a seasoned skillet. What seasoned means basically is old and used and cooked in a whole bunch. If it is brand new than we need to talk about how to start getting it seasoned up right but that is a whole other topic. For people with a seasoned cast iron skillet, these easy and fast recipes are for you. The first recipe I want to share is:
Hash Brown and Eggs For 2
Tools: Cast iron skillet and spatula.
Ingredients: 2 Eggs, 2 potatoes, margarine or vegetable oil.
Melt margarine or add oil to the skillet. When it is hot or melted, add shredded potatoes and if you want a short cut, you can just buy them frozen in the store that way. Cook until browned on both sides. Then make a clearing in the middle of the pan and crack your eggs in that area. Put a cover on your skillet and cook on low heat for 2 minutes. Season to taste and serve out of the skillet.
Cast Iron Brussels Sprouts
Most people probably never think about cooking vegetables in a cast iron pan but I do and I love the way my Brussels Sprouts taste cooked this way. I buy a bag or box of Brussels Sprouts frozen and add them to a heated skillet. Keep over medium heat for 10 minutes and you are done. All you need is:
Tools: Skillet and spatula.
Ingredients: Bag or box of Brussels sprouts, butter and salt.
Pre-heat the skillet with butter until melted and then add in your sprouts. Sprinkle generously with salt and turn frequently. Brussels Sprouts may blacken which only adds to the flavor. Cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat and serve hot.
Steak in a Skillet for 2
While most people broil or barbecue steak, it can also be prepared in a skillet. Your steak can be anything from Chicken fried steak or sirloin to a T-bone.
Tools: Skillet and large strong fork or spatula for flipping steak.
Ingredients: Steak and seasoning salt and butter and 1 medium size onion.
Melt butter down in your skillet. When butter is melted added your diced onion. Cook down until you can almost see through the onion. Add 1/2 cup of water if your butter starts to burn. When the onion is ready just added your steak but first make sure you have salted both sides of the steak with seasoned salt. What kind of salt you use can be your own preference. Fry over medium to low heat for 3 minutes on each side for medium rare. Fry 5 minutes on each side for medium well or cook longer for well done. I love the way my steak tastes and while this is cooking on top of the stove, I have potatoes roasting inside the oven and a great salad is being prepared at the same time. This makes for one quick and delicious dinner.
Luncheon Omelet in a Cast Iron Skillet for 2
Every now and then I like a fully loaded Omelet for lunch and it tastes the best when I make it in my cast iron skillet.
Tools: Cast Iron skillet and spatula.
Ingredients: Two large eggs, 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, 1 teaspoon of margarine, 1 roasted red pepper from a jar cut into small strips and 2 tablespoons half and half and 1/2 cup bacon bits.
With a fork whip your eggs and half and half together until mixed well. Pour into heated skillet with the 1 teaspoon of margarine already melted in it. Add your bacon bits, your sharp cheddar cheese and your roasted red pepper. When bubbles form and the edges of the egg are firm in the pan it is time fold your omelet. Life one side gently and fold it over to the other side where curve edges meet. Pat down gently so excess liquid will squeeze from the center and help seal the omelet. Cook for 2 minutes and flip entire omelet so it is browned on both sides. Let cook for another 2 minutes over medium heat and remove from heat. Serve immediately.
Death by Skillet Chocolate Brownies
Many people don’t realize that you can make some sweet desserts in a skillet. You can use an old fashioned brownie recipe or you can do what I do which is pick up a Chocolate Brownie Mix. I actually use an off brand from one of my local grocery stores but using the cast iron skillet brings this store bought cake mix to a whole other level.
Tools: Cast Iron Skillet and Serving Spatula
Ingredients: Chocolate Brownie Mix – Any Brand, any flavor, 2 to 3 eggs and water
Prepare the mix as directed on the box. Many just have you add water or 2 to 3 eggs and water
I have actually served this at dinner parties and people think I am some kind of genius. Just make sure you have thrown out the cake mix box long before your guests have arrived. I actually will have the brownie mix ready to go in the skillet when guests arrive and when we are eating, I put the cast iron skillet in my pre-heated to 350 degree oven and set my timer for 30 minutes. By the time we are done eating, the brownies are done. I serve them warm with a scoop of Vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate syrup drizzled on top of the ice cream. Your guests will think you are an expert chef like Julia Childs.
I hope this article has given you some quick and fun meals you can make in your cast iron skillet. Bon Appetit.