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Dec 20, 2010 06:06 PM

Favorite thing to cook in a cast iron skillet

Thinking of getting one and wondering what's your favorite dish to cook in it? I know people who swear by it to fry stuff (latkes, chicken) but what else can it do?

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  1. You can bake a cobbler in it, make wicked good cornbread, and it's great for blackening meat, especially fish. Also, if you're female and/or vegetarian, it's a great way to add some much-needed iron into the food you cook. Plus it's good for your cookin' muscles. :D

    1. The only thing I even keep my cast-iron skillet for is German Apple Pancake. You melt brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon together, lightly saute a bunch of sliced apples in this, then pour over a batter you have hastily whomped up in the Cuisinart and let whole thing bake for half an hour. It puffs up and gets brown and every wedge is topped with caramely apples. Illustrates Doctrine of Nonsummativity, whole equals more than sum of parts, as never have three eggs, a cup of flour, some sugar, a cup of milk, and a few apples had more to say for themselves.

      1. I do a Dutch Pancake (similar to Querencia's suggestion) and OMELETS in mine

        1. - burgers & steak
          - eggs
          - grilled cheese
          - hash or crispy potatoes
          - french toast

          1. I use cast iron for so many cooking activities that it's difficult to select one that qualifies as a "favorite". But I truly enjoy making Peter Reinhart's cornbread ( in my preheated cast iron skillet. Crispy outer crust, tender crumb; a holiday favorite around my house.

            4 Replies
            1. re: todao

              What temp do you pre-heat the pan to?

              1. re: subal

                "Place the pan in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the fat gets very hot."

              2. re: todao

                Do you preheat the pan with the lard/whatever in it? That's the way I do except I have my mother's old "corn stick" pan. Love that cause you get LOTS of crunchies.

                1. re: c oliver

                  "Place 2 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat into a 10-inch round cake pan (you can also use a 9-by-13-inch baking pan or a 12-inch square pan). "