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Title: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: redkitty on May 20, 2020, 02:19:55 PM
I got two today. They are pre-seasoned. They are pampered chef. Outside of putzing around in my grandma's kitchen, which she used her cast iron for essentially everything, I have not really used a cast iron skillet. So what should my first meal be? (I already have ideas, FTR.) I have a 12 inch and a 10 inch. Also, to clean, I only use water right? (I will also google how to take care of them again.)
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: BonitaApplebum on May 20, 2020, 04:46:31 PM
Bacon!!!

Even though they came seasoned, youíre gonna want to keep seasoning for a bit. Donít try eggs for a while.

Thereís a long cast iron thread somewhere, Iíll search for it next time Iím on my laptop.
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: picote on May 20, 2020, 05:27:47 PM
Ha! I was going to say fried eggs! But I use very hot olive oil and fry them quickly at high tempsóyou definitely donít want yolks on them.

Bacon sounds better though...
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: redkitty on May 20, 2020, 06:07:18 PM
Bacon!!!

Even though they came seasoned, youíre gonna want to keep seasoning for a bit. Donít try eggs for a while.

Thereís a long cast iron thread somewhere, Iíll search for it next time Iím on my laptop.

I'll make eggs tomorrow....no just kidding.

We made all of our bacon in the oven this morning (before they arrived.) I actually made a pizza. It was good.
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: merigayle on May 20, 2020, 07:00:24 PM
https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/crispy-cheesy-pan-pizza-recipe
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: redkitty on May 20, 2020, 07:46:36 PM
That pizza looks delicious.
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: BonitaApplebum on May 20, 2020, 09:39:26 PM
Iím totally making that KAF recipe. Yum!
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: Run Amok on May 20, 2020, 11:48:37 PM
Recently I've used mine for a dutch baby, to make frybread for navajo tacos,  for pita style flat breads, to fry schnitzle,  & to sear porkchops.

https://altonbrown.com/dutch-baby-pancake-recipe/

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/03/perfect-pan-seared-pork-chop-recipe.html

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/soft-wrap-bread-recipe
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: caribougrrl on May 21, 2020, 04:42:43 AM
Bacon!!!

Even though they came seasoned, youíre gonna want to keep seasoning for a bit. Donít try eggs for a while.

Thereís a long cast iron thread somewhere, Iíll search for it next time Iím on my laptop.

1.

so, also: duck breast, skin-on chicken, skin-on salmon, sausage

and pour off duck fat and bacon fat to use for roasted potatoes or other veg (use your skillet as the roasting pan)... and just FYI both fats are good for popping corn too, just not in a skillet :p
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: merigayle on May 21, 2020, 06:59:16 AM
That pizza looks delicious.
My bf loved it and I made myself the gf version they have linked there.
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: caribougrrl on May 21, 2020, 07:16:54 AM
and, grease the skillet well with butter and use it to bake cornbread
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: Natasha on May 21, 2020, 12:02:47 PM
Fry some potatoes, onions and peppers.
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: redkitty on May 23, 2020, 12:37:40 PM
I forgot to buy bacon while out today. Shoot. today's experiment will be a deep dish cookie. Then served warm with ice cream. I am still trying to figure out how to get it out of the pan. The recipe suggests eating it out of the pan, but i don't trust any of us to not burn ourselves on it.
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: redkitty on May 23, 2020, 06:13:40 PM
It occurred to me after I cooked sausage for our lasagna that I should have used one of my skillets. Sigh. Iíll eventually remember I have them.

Hereís the cookie.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200523/44a53005c8696f2b7fc74ba163da8868.jpg)


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Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: redkitty on May 23, 2020, 06:40:26 PM
The cookie wasn't that good. I used the Toll House recipe. The cookie just didn't bake properly. If I do it again, i will use the 12 inch pan and a different recipe.
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: Run Amok on May 23, 2020, 08:32:27 PM
I made focaccia in mine the other day. V yummy!
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: diablita on May 23, 2020, 08:39:47 PM
I'm gonna pull mine out to make a dutch baby in the morning
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: redkitty on June 02, 2020, 10:50:19 AM
We finally made bacon in one of the skillets. My DH made it both times and he prefers the cast iron over our other methods (regular pan or oven.) I also made pork chops in it the other day. It was ok. I browned them first (breaded) and then put in the oven to finish cooking. I think I left them in too long.
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: The Turtle Whisperer on June 03, 2020, 11:23:48 AM
Alton Brown's method of cooking a rib-eye in a cast-iron skillet is soooooo good.  Grilling with some wood has its place, but you got to try it!

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/pan-seared-rib-eye-recipe-2131274

There are a lot of myths associated with cast-iron cooking and care.  I probably have most of the different sized skillets and some of them are 70+ yrs old, and some are 10 yrs old.  The new stuff can have really rough interior surfaces.  I sanded mine and it made a huge difference.  They're almost as slick as the old ones
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: picote on June 04, 2020, 10:22:27 AM
Alton Brown's method of cooking a rib-eye in a cast-iron skillet is soooooo good.  Grilling with some wood has its place, but you got to try it!

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/pan-seared-rib-eye-recipe-2131274

There are a lot of myths associated with cast-iron cooking and care.  I probably have most of the different sized skillets and some of them are 70+ yrs old, and some are 10 yrs old.  The new stuff can have really rough interior surfaces.  I sanded mine and it made a huge difference.  They're almost as slick as the old ones

That looks amazing.

I love my cast iron skillets. They pretty much never leave the stove top because they get used so frequently. Theyíre heavy though! Aside from the weight, the only other time I donít use them is if Iím searing meat and making a sauce afterwards, which ends up being maybe 70% of the time. I like to be able to see the sauce developing, which is hard on a black surface.
Title: Re: What should be the first thing I make in my cast iron skillets?
Post by: redkitty on June 30, 2020, 02:23:44 PM
I have used the skillets quite a bit. We have made bacon a lot of times in teh skillet. DH actually prefers it that way now (he over crisps it IMO...but that has to do with him, not the skillet.) I recently found a recipe about roasted beans in the oven, but have decided I think I would rather "saute" them in the skillet (I kind of did it on accident already when filling from my quesadilla fell out...quesadillas in a skillet is delicious.)