Healthy home made meals are one of the most rewarding feelings one can share with family and friends. Here are some of my favorite recipes using a cast iron skillet. These dishes are delicious and not only that but also nutritious. I hope you enjoy them.
Whole Wheat Skillet Pizza
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 plus 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Favorite Pizza Sauce and Toppings
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees .
In a small bowl, stir together the lukewarm water, yeast and sugar. Let stand 3 to 5 minutes until foamy.
Mix flour and salt at low speed in a standing mixer. Add in the yeast mixture and 3 tablespoons of olive oil and mix until dough forms. Change to the dough hook attachment and mix at medium speed until smooth, about 6 minutes.
Transfer the dough to a greased, large mixing bowl, turning the dough to coat it in grease. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise 45 minutes to 1 hour until doubled in size. Punch down the dough before using.
Press the pizza dough into a greased 9- to 10-inch cast-iron skillet
Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over the dough. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 15-25 minutes. Top with your favorite sauce and toppings. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before serving.
Tip:Prepare Pizza Dough up to 1 day in advance. Refrigerate the covered bowl of dough and let rise overnight for up to 24 hours. When ready to use, punch down the dough and allow an extra 30 minutes to 1 hour for the second rise in the skillet.
This pizza is one of my personal favorites.With a crust that is as crispy as a wood fire pizza. Whats more enjoyable than a fresh tasty pizza? A healthy pizza.
Simple Skillet Dutch Baby
4 tbsp butter cut into pieces
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs,at room temperature
2/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature
2/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees . Place a large (10- to 12-inch) cast-iron skillet in the oven.
In a small bowl, stir together sugar and the cinnamon.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until pale and frothy, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk, flour, salt and vanilla until smooth, about 1 minute (the batter will be thin). Remove the skillet from the oven, add butter and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour in the batter and immediately return the skillet to the oven. Bake until puffed and golden-brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Serve immediately.
Makes for a perfect pancake served with fruit and whipped cream. Also perfect for an after dinner desert.
Skillet Corn Bread
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white cornmeal
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pour vegetable oil into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet and swirl to coat bottom and sides of pan. Place skillet into preheated oven until very hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Whisk cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Beat eggs in a separate bowl and stir buttermilk into eggs. Remove skillet from oven. Pour half (2 tablespoons) of vegetable oil from the hot skillet into buttermilk mixture, retaining remaining oil in skillet, and beat until oil is incorporated. Mix buttermilk mixture into dry ingredients to make a smooth batter. Pour batter into skillet. Bake in the oven until top is golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes. Cut cornbread into servings while in skillet; serve warm.
A slightly sweet classic. this cornbread compliments homemade chili wonderfully.
Skillet Roasted Chicken
1 whole Chicken
Olive Oil or melted Butter
fresh cracked Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 450°F. Place a large cast iron skillet (large enough to fit your chicken) in the oven to preheat. Rinse and pat dry chicken. Chicken must be very dry or it will steam instead of roasting. Coat chicken with olive oil or melted butter. Liberally season with salt and pepper. Truss chicken if desired. Remove skillet from oven and place inside of it. Returncast iron pan with chicken (breast side up) in the oven. Roast for about 45 minutes or until juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh or until the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F when probed with an instant read thermometer. Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes covered with foil. Carve and serve.
This chicken comes out perfect. Super moist with a crispy crunch. The hot pan helps cook both the dark and light meat at the same time.
Old Fashioned Pineapple Upside Down Cake
3 (8oz) cans sliced pineapple
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup pecan halves
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
Drain pineapple slices, reserving 2 tablespoons of syrup. In a heavy 10-inch iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, stirring until sugar is melted. Remove from heat. Arrange 8 pineapple slices on sugar mixture and one in center. Cut 3 slices in half and stand up around edge of pan. Place 1 pecan half in center of each pineapple slice. Sift together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add shortening and milk; beat for about 2 minutes, or until batter is smooth. Add egg and reserved 2 tablespoons pineapple syrup. Beat 2 minutes longer. Pour cake batter over pineapple slices in skillet, spreading carefully. Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown and cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool in skillet on rack for 5 minutes; loosen edges with spatula or butter knife. Hold serving plate over top of skillet; invert and shake gently to loosen cake. Lift off skillet. Serve cake warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
Classic southern style cake. In this recipe however instead of maraschino cherries, pecans are used in it’s place giving it a nice crunch.
With five different tasty recipes to choose from how can you go wrong? These recipes come straight from my family’s kitchen to yours. Cooking can become a very thrilling hobby and for me it’s preferable over going to a fast food joint. Enjoy these recipes, I know my family and I do.