From Stove to Oven to Table: Versatile Cast Iron Recipes for Every Occasion

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Unlock the full potential of your cast iron cookware with recipes that seamlessly transition from stove to oven to table. In this blog, we'll showcase a variety of versatile dishes perfect for any meal. From perfectly seared steaks and skillet-roasted vegetables to fluffy frittatas and golden-brown cornbread, learn how to make the most of your cast iron skillet's capabilities. We'll also share expert tips on achieving the ideal sear, baking to perfection, and presenting your dishes beautifully at the table. Plus, discover how to care for your cast iron to ensure it remains a kitchen staple for years to come.

1. Seared Steak with Garlic Herb Butter

Ingredients:

  • 2 ribeye steaks
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on the stove.
  2. Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Add olive oil to the skillet and heat until shimmering.
  4. Sear the steaks for 3-4 minutes on each side until a golden-brown crust forms.
  5. Add garlic, butter, thyme, and rosemary to the skillet.
  6. Transfer the skillet to a preheated oven at 400°F/200°C and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes for medium-rare.
  7. Serve the steaks hot, drizzling the garlic herb butter over the top.

2. Skillet-Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound baby potatoes, halved
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F/220°C.
  2. On the stove, heat olive oil in your cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the baby potatoes and carrots, cooking for 5 minutes until they begin to soften.
  4. Add the bell pepper and zucchini, and season with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  5. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  6. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

3. Fluffy Skillet Frittata

Ingredients:

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
  3. On the stove, heat olive oil in your cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion and bell pepper, cooking until softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in the spinach and cherry tomatoes.
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet, making sure it evenly coats the vegetables.
  7. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
  8. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the frittata is set and slightly golden on top.
  9. Slice and serve directly from the skillet.

4. Golden-Brown Skillet Cornbread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F/220°C.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  5. On the stove, heat vegetable oil in your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Pour the batter into the hot skillet, spreading it evenly.
  7. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cornbread is golden-brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Serve warm, straight from the skillet.
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Expert Tips for Cast Iron Cooking

  1. Achieving the Ideal Sear: Make sure your skillet is preheated and lightly oiled before adding meat. Avoid overcrowding the pan to ensure a perfect sear.
  2. Baking to Perfection: Preheat your cast iron skillet in the oven before adding batters or doughs for even cooking and a crisp crust.
  3. Cleaning and Maintenance: Clean your cast iron skillet with warm water and a brush. Avoid soap, as it can strip the seasoning. Dry thoroughly and apply a thin layer of oil to prevent rusting.

By following these tips and recipes, you can make the most of your cast iron cookware, creating delicious and visually appealing dishes that go straight from the stove to the oven to your table. Enjoy the versatility and convenience of cooking with cast iron, and elevate your meals with these tried-and-true techniques.


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