There’s something about cooking in a cast iron pan that makes a person feel like a real cook. Comfort foods are even more comforting when they are prepared to perfection in a good old-fashioned skillet just like Grandma used to use. Cooking in a cast iron pan doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you’ve been looking for ways to make the most of this essential kitchen tool, read on for seven great meals you can cook up today.
Skip the recipes that require a major trip to the grocery store to stock up on a long list of ingredients. You can cook up a mouth-watering steak using just a cut of meat, some salt, pepper, and your cast iron pan. Alton Brown has a recipe for Pan-Seared Rib-Eye that cooks up in less than 15 minutes. Brown recommends preheating your cast iron skillet in the oven to 500 degrees before transferring it to your stovetop. For a medium-rare steak, Brown then advises searing your meat for 30 seconds on each side before baking in the oven for 2 minutes on each side.
For a savory breakfast treat, try sizzling up some bacon in your cast iron skillet. The Field Company, makers of cast iron skillets, offers two methods for frying up bacon. The cold pan method involves placing a layer of bacon on an unheated skillet on your stovetop. Next, cook your bacon over medium-high heat. Occasionally flip the bacon slices to brown both sides, cooking for about 8-12 minutes. The hot pan method requires preheating your skillet at low-medium heat for up to 5 minutes. Next, coat the skillet with oil or butter before adding your bacon and cooking, flipping occasionally until browned.