Your grandmother’s favorite cooking pan, the cast iron skillet, does more than make cornbread. There are countless recipes ranging from casseroles to deserts to vegetables. Below are the 5 best recipes for a cast iron skillet.
Spice up plain cornbread and make a complete meal by cooking Chili Cornbread. Simply mix the ingredients for regular chili on the top of the stove in the skillet. After all ingredients and spices are mixed, place grated cheese on the top of the chili. Mix ready made cornbread and ingredients in a separate bowl and pour evenly over the chili and cheese mixture. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes and enjoy.
Turnip Green Frittatas
Think of Turnip Green Frittatas as a southern quiche. Dice potatoes into small chunks Cook the potatoes in the skilled in olive oil, then add salt and garlic. Cut fresh turnip greens into bite size pieces and stir into the diced potatoes and cook for two minutes, making sure they stay crisp. Remember, they have to finish cooking in the oven. In the meantime, mix eggs and parmesan cheese in a separate bowl. Pour the egg mixture into the cast iron pan on top of the potatoes and cook at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Skillet Crumble Apple Pie
Skillet Apple Pie is an easy desert to make in an extra cast iron pan. This recipe calls for fresh ingredients,however I have made this recipe the easy way. Grab a can of pie filling and add a few extra seasonings to enhance taste, including nutmeg and cinnamon. I also add a bit of brown sugar to the pie filling mixture. I also cheat by buying 2 pie crusts, one each for the bottom and top. After placing the crust in the skillet, adding the fruit mixture and adding the top crust and crumbs, I then place a few marks in the pie top to vent for baking. Then cook at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. From scratch, add an extra ten minutes to baking time.
Rosemary Skillet Potatoes
The recipe for Rosemary Skillet Potatoes calls for red potatoes, however any sort can be substituted. In the skillet, combine olive oil, rosemary, garlic, lemon pepper and salt and cook for one minute. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cut potatoes into one inch thick slices. It is suggested that the skin be left on the potatoes for color and added nutrition. Mix the potatoes with the herb mixture and place in the oven in the cast iron skillet for 25 minutes at 450 degrees.
Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Update an old recipe with Skillet Chicken Pot Pie. I like this recipe for my family because it allows me to cheat. Chop some kale and shred some ready made chicken from the deli. Cook pearl onions, garlic and sage in the skillet, adding the cut kale and a bit of flour for thickening. Add some chicken stock, bag of mixed vegetables, peas and chicken and cook on the stove top until well mixed and heated. Use a ready made crust and simply mold it over the top of the skillet. Bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the crust is slightly brown.
When a cast iron skillet is seasoned properly, there is almost no limit to what can be cooked in it. Nothing beats cooking and serving a recipe in a cast iron skillet to make life easier. Even your grandmother would be proud of these 5 top recipes for a cast iron skillet!
Note: Measurement and recipes for all dishes are provided in links.