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The Most Mouthwatering Cast Iron Skillet Recipes Ever

One pan, 28 meals (and yes, dessert counts as a meal)

ERIN MCDOWELL

Corn Bread Tamale Pie

Chili and corn bread are a match made in dinner heaven. But why make them separately when you can pull it off all in one pan? Meet the tamale pie: a flavor-packed chili on the bottom with cheesy, spicy corn bread baked on top. 


Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

Fact: Your cast-iron skillet is basically a secret weapon when it comes to dessert. You can make almost anything in it, like our easy cherry skillet cake recipe. We use fresh cherries (hence the seasonal/summer part), but blueberries or strawberries would be delicious, too. Slices also pair well with whipped cream (just saying).

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Eggs Baked In Tomatoes

Two foods you probably have in your kitchen at this very moment: a carton of eggs and ripe tomatoes. But before you go and make an omelet, consider this recipe for eggs baked in tomatoes. Ready to see how it’s done? Good. You’re one step closer to a non-boring breakfast--or dinner, if you’re into that sort of thing.



Chocolate Skillet Cake

Rich, decadent and not pie. You're going to want to save room for this irresistible, ooey gooey chocolate skillet cake.

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL


PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Skillet Nacho Dip

At the top of our list all-time favorite game-day appetizers: nachos and dip. Hence, this recipe for skillet nacho dip was born. It's basically a deconstructed version of the classic, so you can load up your plate with your ideal toppings-to-chips ratio. Now that's a big win.



Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Say hello to our big/little friend: the skillet chocolate-chip cookie. You don’t need a mixer to make him (God bless pre-melted butter), and you don’t even need to dirty a cookie sheet in the process. All you need is one oven-safe skillet--and, of course, a tall glass of milk on the side.

ERIN MCDOWELL


PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Skillet Fondue

Listen up: Forget everything you know about fondue. Forget the weird contraptions and metal skewers and bland-tasting cheese combos you've been forced to eat in the past. Here are 5 new fondue recipes featuring tasty pairings (like cheddar and beer, or bacon and asiago). Let the dipping begin.



Coconut Creamed Spinach

Contrary to popular belief, there is a way to make rich creamed spinach without cream. "How?" you ask? Use coconut milk instead. In this recipe, we sauté the spinach with red onion, garlic, ginger and a few spices, like cayenne pepper, to bring the heat. Then we simmer the spinach in coconut milk until the mixture gets nice and thick. Try serving this healthier side dish with roast chicken, pork tenderloin or salmon.

ERIN MCDOWELL

ERIN MCDOWELL

Oven-Roasted Beets and Potatoes

This recipe for beet and potato roast is about to change your side dish game. We slice golden and red beets and Yukon Gold potatoes super-thin, put them into stacks and then arrange them in a skillet to form a spiral. We mean, just check out that photo--vegetables never looked or tasted so good.


Skillet Chicken Fajitas

Rather than sautéing the ingredients for these skillet chicken fajitas, you simply place the chicken and vegetables into the skillet, toss them with taco seasoning and put the whole pan in the oven to roast. As it’s cooking away, you can prep the tortillas and all of your favorite fixings, like guacamole and salsa. When you remove the sizzling skillet from the oven, it’s dinnertime. (Bonus: Since this is a one-pan meal, cleanup is a breeze too.)

PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

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S'mores

Things we don't love about camping: pitching tents, bug bites and aching backs. Things we do love: s'mores. As it turns out, you don't need to rough it in the wilderness to make these toasted marshmallow treats. Watch this video, and then devour them in the comfort of your kitchen.


Western Hash Brown Omelette

(from Food Network)

Skillet Chicken and Artichokes

(from Food Network)

Turkey Sausage and Peppers

(from Food Network)


Blackened Salmon

(from Food Network)

BLT Pasta Skillet

(from Food Network)

Skillet Rosemary Chicken

(from Food Network)


ERIN MCDOWELL

Skillet Pizza

Quit lusting over the fancy outdoor wood-burning pizza oven your neighbor just splurged on. All you need to make this pizza is a tried-and-true cast-iron skillet. Its surface gets extremely hot, which is the key to general success as well as a crispy crust. Because a skillet pizza is on the small side, you can make several, each with different toppings.


Corn, Squash and Beef Casserole

(from Food Network)

Skillet Chicken and Ravioli

(from Food Network)

4-Step Chicken Marengo

(from Food Network)


Potato Basil Fritatta

(from Food Network)

Skillet Eggs With Squash

(from Food Network)

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

(from Food Network)


Chilaquiles Verdes

Certain things in life should really have an expiration date (peplum tops, we bid you adieu). Other things warrant a second act (looking good, bell bottoms). Tortilla chips fall into that second category. When you find yourself with extra, try serving them up as a savory, satisfying breakfast of chilaquiles verdes.

ERIN MCDOWELL

Cranberry stuffed Pork Chops

(from Food Network)

Skillet Almond Shortbread

(from Food Network)

One-Skillet Sausage and Polenta Parmesan

(from Food Network)


How To Clean A Cast Iron Skillet Pan

Whatever you do, do not soak it.