If you’re just getting started, here are a few beginner-friendly recipes to get you hooked on using your new skillet.
1. Cast Iron Southern-Style Cornbread: Yes, I’m biased, but you simply can’t beat cornbread from cast iron. The captured heat allows for a quick rise and an undeniably crispy, buttery crust that will have you going back for slice after slice.
2. Cast Iron Spinach and Feta Frittata: Breakfast, anytime. This frittata showcases the versatility of cast iron by starting on the stove for a crispy bottom and finishing under the broiler for a bubbly brown top (you can’t do this with a nonstick skillet). Packed with feta and oregano flavor, this fragrant frittata can be on the table in an hour. Serve directly from the skillet.
3. Cast Iron Hot Fudge Pudding Cake: Think fudge brownies but better. It comes together mostly in the skillet, then magically inverts while baking into two distinct layers of warm, fudgy pudding topped with a rich chocolatey cake. This dessert is great for entertaining as it can be served directly from the skillet. It can be portioned to feed 6 to 8, but you’ll want to eat it all yourself.