Not sure what to make in your new cast-iron skillet? We have a few ideas.
Congratulations! You just bought your first cast-iron skillet! You already know that a well-loved cast-iron skillet is a prized possession among Southern cooks, and with good reason. Nothing cooks up a helping of fried chicken quite like a cast-iron deep skillet, and that same skillet can help you turn out some mouth-watering desserts, such as this Easy Skillet Apple Pie. But what about supper tonight? We’ve got you covered with this lineup of delicious dinner mains and sides, such as King Ranch Mac and Cheese Casserole, Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata, and Skillet Creamed Corn. Great cooks know the more they use their cast iron, the better it gets. So keep it on the stove top and reach for it often.
Smoked Trout-Apple Hash
Recipe: Smoked Trout-Apple Hash
This delicious skillet breakfast is equally satisfying as a dinner. You can substitute sweet potatoes for russets and your favorite tart apple for Granny Smith. Other smoked fish like bluefish or whitefish also work well here. If using thinly sliced smoked salmon, cut into pieces and drape over hash just before serving.
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
All the flavors of two favorites, King Ranch casserole and mac and cheese, come together in one dish. In just 45 minutes you have this savory and bubbly casserole on the table.
Cast-Iron Blistered Brussels Sprouts
This is the absolute best way, and quickest at just 15 minutes, to cook Brussels sprouts. Searing with high heat caramelizes the outside and yields perfect crisp-tender texture inside.
Pork Chops with Pepper Jelly Sauce
The sweet and spicy pepper jelly sauce creates a beautiful glaze on the pork chop, keeping the meat moist and tender.
Sunny Skillet Breakfast
Recipe: Sunny Skillet Breakfast
A great breakfast-for-supper option, the Sunny Skillet Breakfast can easily be altered to fit the tastes of your family by adding in favorite vegetables or breakfast meats.
Cast-Iron Cowboy Steak
Recipe: Cast-Iron Cowboy Steak
This is the best way to cook a thick, juicy bone-in steak, restaurant-style, without smoking up the house. Use your grill to heat the cast-iron skillet; the skillet surface area promotes a more assertive flavor and better sear than grill grates, yielding a steak with the proper steak house crust.
Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
Recipe: Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
Just one dish and in 30 minutes dinner is done, thanks to quick and easy, Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata. Tip: Wait to add lemon juice, capers, and parsley until the very last minute before serving. This step should help maintain their vivid color and bold flavor.
Pan Seared Flat Iron Steak
Recipe: Pan Seared Flat Iron Steak
The trick to a great crust on this flat iron steak is to use a very hot skillet; a large cast-iron skillet works best. Have your hood fan on high, because there will be some smoke. If you can't find flat iron steak in your local market, a top blade chuck or sirloin steak will work just fine.
Beef-and-Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry
A ripping-hot skillet works as well as a wok to sear food fast. A cast-iron skillet is ideal for this recipe because it can take the heat. Feel free to substitute any cruciferous vegetable cut into even pieces in place of Brussels sprouts, from broccoli and cauliflower to cabbage and bok choy.
Skillet Creamed Corn
Recipe: Skillet Creamed Corn
A fresh take on a classic favorite, this dressed-up yet down-home dish received the highest rating from the Test Kitchen. You may need to double the recipe!
Butternut Squash Spoon Bread
Recipe: Butternut Squash Spoon Bread
For the ideal texture, serve this immediately after baking.
Caramelized Sweet Onion Tarte Tatin
For maximum flavor, use a high-quality brand of frozen puff pastry dough that tastes of butter and gives rise to crisp, flaky layers.
Fall Vegetable Hash
Recipe: Fall Vegetable Hash
Sub any of your favorite root vegetables for the potatoes and turnips.
Recipe: Tomato-Herb Frittata
The secret to this recipe is an ovenproof nonstick pan, which allows the eggs to cook properly, keeps them from sticking, and simplifies cleanup.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe: Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
No rolling pin is needed for this Skillet Chicken Pot Pie. Refrigerated pie crusts give you a leg up in the preparation of this classic comfort dish.
The City and the Country Mac and Cheese
Smoky cubes of city ham and salty bits of country ham give this main-course mac its name and savory appeal. Pasta covered with a creamy sauce and melting pockets of gooey cheese take it over the top.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto
This stovetop-to-oven method yields crisp, dark-golden skin and juicy, tender meat.
Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Elegant and easy, this hearty dish comes with a side and a sauce all-in-one. Be sure to brown the chops well so they'll give the mustardy pan sauce deep flavor.