Learning to cook in a cast iron skillet is easy with these cast iron skillet recipes. Cast iron skillets can be used on the stove top, in the oven or over the broiler. A well seasoned cast iron skillet is the most non-stick cooking pan ever made. Cast iron distributes heat evenly, cleans up easily and will last a lifetime. It is one of the things in life that just gets better with age.
Iron Skillet Pizza
To make iron skillet pizza, you will need:
- 14 oz. jar of pizza sauce
- 12 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese
- Pizza toppings
- 2 large iron skillets
To make the pizza dough you will need:
- 1-1/2 cups warm water
- 1 package dry yeast
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. shortening, melted
- 1 tsp. granulated sugar
- Activate the yeast. Combine the warm water, salt and sugar in a bowl. Add the dry yeast and stir until the yeast dissolves. Let the yeast stand for five minutes until it looks bubbly. Heat a large glass bowl by filling it with hot tap water. Dump the water, dry the bowl and coat with a layer of oil just before using it.
- Make the pizza dough. Add two cups of flour to the yeast and mix well. Mix in the melted shortening. Mix in another cup of flour and to form dough. Knead on a well floured flat surface until the dough is smooth, which will take about ten minutes. Place the dough in the warm oiled bowl and turn the dough over once to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with a clean dish towel and let the dough stand for 30 minutes in a warm part of the kitchen.
- Make the iron skillet pizza. Divide the pizza dough in half and pat in two well greased iron skillets. Cover the pizza dough with pizza sauce and your favorite pizza toppings. Top the pizza with grated cheese. Bake in an oven preheated to 450 degrees and bake until the cheese is bubbly. Remove from the oven, cut into slices and serve immediately.
Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
To make chocolate chip skillet cookie, you will need:
- 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Preheat the over to 375 degrees.
- Dry ingredients. Measure and shift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Wet ingredients. Cream the softened butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer in a large bowl until the ingredients are smooth and creamy. Add the eggs and beat until creamy.
- Mix the cookie dough. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat by hand. When all the flour is absorbed, mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Place the cookie dough in a ten- to eleven-inch cast iron skillet and press evenly into place.
- Bake the chocolate chip skillet cookies. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes at 375 degrees until the edges of the cookie are brown and the top is golden brown. Transfer the cookie to a wire cooling rack for fifteen minutes. Cut into wedges. Serves eight. Note: Add a scoop of ice cream to each wedge of cookie.
To properly season a cast iron skillet, whether old or new, rub a thin coat of light cooking oil into the surface of the skillet. Place the skillet upside down on a sheet of aluminum foil in the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 450 degrees. Let the skillet cool to the touch and repeat.
If food is sticking to the cast iron skillet, re-season it.