If you never cooked with cast iron skillets, you can miss out on some of the best ways to prepare and enjoy your recipes. When it comes to stovetop and oven cooking, cast iron skillets are a durable and practical solution for all things cooking. Now, you can discover the wonders of cooking with them and five delicious easy to make recipes too.
What Makes Cast Iron Skillets Perfect For Cooking
Cooking with cast iron skillets will open up a whole world of delicious easy to make dishes. And if you already use them, you know how durable and easy to clean they are. When properly maintained, high-quality cast iron skillets will last for decades. More so, you can pass your skillets down generations to create your own family traditions!
Furthermore, these skillets distribute heat evenly. And you’ll find this perfect distribution of heat creates excellent meals. Also, you’ll see fewer hot spots you see in stainless steel pans too. Less hot spots mean more evenly cooked food as well. When it comes to cooking with frying pans, these skillets are a game changer!
This article will look at five of our favorite recipes you can make using cast iron skillets. And our favorite skillets duo we use for it all.
Why We Love Uno Casa Cast Iron Skillets
When making some of our most delicious and easy recipes, we rely on Uno Casa cast iron skillets. First, these skillets are easy to clean and require little maintenance. Second, when you purchase the set of two Uno Casa Cast Iron Skillets, they come with handy dandy scrapers to keep them clean.
Additionally, these skillets come preseasoned, and that means you can start cooking right away. Once you figure out how easy cast iron skillets are to use, you will wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier!
In fact, before putting your skillet away, season it by applying a thin layer of vegetable oil with a paper towel. It’s super easy to clean, and once you use these skillets, there’s no going back to traditional pans. Clean-up is so easy, and they never require soap or water.
Furthermore, you’ll receive two silicone handle covers with this set of Uno Casa cast iron skillets. No need to worry about picking up these pans and burning your hands. The silicone covers will protect your skin no matter what you are cooking!
Cast-iron skillet cooking is so versatile. When using these pans, you could make just about anything. We love the set of two as you receive one 10inch and one 12 inch skillet. Use them on your stovetop or in the oven. Either way, you’ll discover a whole new world of cooking with cast iron skillets and never look back.
Don’t Forget To Watch The Video Below. We made Potatoes, Eggs, And Onions in our cast iron skillet! So easy – so delish!
6 Recipes You Will Love Cooking With Your New Skillets
1: Quick Skillet Lasagna
Lasagna is a classic casserole, but you don’t need a casserole dish to make this quick skillet lasagna with Italian sausage, tomatoes, and loads of gooey Mozzarella and Ricotta cheese.
Cast-iron cooking your lasagna will make it just as delicious as the from-scratch version in a whole lot less time! This recipe is so delicious and easy to make. Just follow the recipe below.
- 1 lb. Italian sausage (or ground beef)
- 2 (14-oz) cans tomato sauce
- 1 (14-oz) can diced tomato
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 3/4 lb of lasagna noodles, broken
- 1-2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Ricotta cheese
- Fresh parsley, chopped
- Heat the iron skillet over medium heat. Add the ground sausage or ground beef and cook while stirring continuously. When the meat is close to done, add diced onion and cook for a few more minutes.
- When your onion is translucent and the meat cooks, add the minced garlic. Mix everything and cook for another minute.
- Add the tomato sauce and diced tomato. You can add extra garlic and basil seasoning here. Make sure your sauce covers the meat and onions. Add seasoning and mix it well. Let it cook for a few mins over medium heat for your sauce to soak up all the flavors.
- Break the lasagna noodles and add them to the skillet. Make sure the sauce covers them. Let it simmer over medium heat for 20-25min, stirring occasionally. The sauce can bubble, but don’t let it come to a boil.
- Once the lasagna sheets soften, stir in Mozzarella cheese until it melts, you are ready to go!
- Serve with a big scoop of ricotta cheese, sprinkle some extra Mozzarella, and fresh parsley. Enjoy your stovetop lasagna.
2 – Stir-Fry Seasoning With Sweet And Spicy Heat
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp cayenne
- A sprinkle of red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp white sugar
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- ¼ c. water
- To prep ahead, combine all dry ingredients in a small-sized mixing bowl.
- Mix until thoroughly combined. If not using immediately, pour your homemade stir-fry seasoning mix into a sealable jar until ready for use.
- Once you’re ready to use your seasoning, combine the dry contents with the soy sauce and water in a mixing bowl.
- Whisk until well-combined before use.
3 – Skillet Cookie: A Decadent, Delicious, Cast-Iron Dessert
- 1 1/2 sticks melted butter, let cool until warm
- 1 cup of light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 egg (large)
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 cups + 2 Tbsp of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp of baking soda
- 1/2 tsp of sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 325°F.
- Melt the butter in a bowl in your microwave for around 45 seconds. Wait a minute or two before you use it – the butter should be melted, but not hot!
- In a medium bowl, gently mix the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Use an electric mixer to blend the mixture well.
- Once thoroughly mixed, add egg yolk, egg, and vanilla. Mix until blended.
- Gently stir in the dry ingredients. Gently add your chocolate chips.
- Press the mixed dough into an oven-safe skillet or a cast-iron skillet (10″ to 12″).
- Bake for 28 to 35 mins, or until it becomes just lightly golden. It will continue to bake while sitting in the hot skillet, so it is important not to over-bake it while in the oven.
- Leave it to cool for 20 to 30 mins in the skillet before you cut it.
- Slice the baked cookie dough into pieces and serve warm. Top with ice cream and enjoy!
4 – Classic Fettuccine Carbonara Recipe
- 8 oz of fettuccine pasta
- 2 finely diced onions
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- 6 slices of cooked bacon, chopped into small chunks
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dice your onions, mince your garlic and chop your bacon. Set aside.
- Place a skillet or saucepan onto the stovetop and heat a drizzle of oil on medium heat.
- Cook the chopped bacon lightly, before adding your onion and garlic. Allow everything to fry until it’s soft to the touch.
- When you cook everything down, turn the heat off entirely before pouring in your heavy cream and grated cheese. Mix.
- Separate your egg yolks from the whites. Mix the egg yolks into the pan (you don’t need the egg whites, so save them for another recipe).
- In a separate saucepan or pot, bring lightly salted water to a boil. Cook your fettuccine pasta until it’s al dente.
- When your pasta is suitably al dente, use tongs or a fork to lift the fettuccine out of the water and directly into the creamy bacon you have on the side.
- Mix the fettuccine into the creamy sauce and allow everything to soak together before serving.
- You can garnish your completed carbonara pasta and bacon recipes with olive oil and freshly grated parmesan, alongside a sprinkle of salt and pepper!
5 – Skillet Cornbread: Simple Flawless Recipe
- 1 cup of yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 a cup of melted butter
- 1 tbsp of sugar *
- 2 tsp of baking powder **
- 1/2 tsp of baking soda
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups of buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- Start preparing your skillet cornbread by greasing your cast iron skillet with a light layering of butter. For the quantities outlined above, a 10-inch skillet works best, but you can use a 12-inch skillet for a thinner cornbread.
- At the same time, preheat your oven to 400°F and let your cast iron skillet warm up in the center of the oven.
- Melt the rest of your butter in a pan on the stovetop (you can do this in a separate pan or in the same skillet before you place the skillet in the oven). Set the pan aside and let the butter cool.
- Mix together your cornmeal, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Do this in a large mixing bowl.
- Once it’s thoroughly mixed together, make a well in the center where you can pour in your buttermilk and crack your eggs.
- Mix together with the new ingredients, before adding in your melted and now cooled butter. Mix all the ingredients once again.
- Now, your skillet should have warmed up in the oven. Remove it from the oven, and before it has time to cool, pour your cornbread batter directly into the skillet.
- Place your sizzling cornbread mixture into the oven and allow it to bake for 20 min. Remove your cast iron skillet cornbread when it’s beginning to brown.
- Let it cool on the side, before serving.
*We love a sweet recipe, but cast iron cornbread can be made without the sugar too.
** Baking powder is optional when making cornbread in skillet, but it does make for a much fluffier recipe!
We hope you love discovering the magic of cooking with cast iron skillets. And don’t forget to check out our favorite set of two Uno Casa Cast Iron Skillets. We know you’ll love cooking with them and get to discover the wonders of cooking with cast iron you never knew existed!
We all know and love stainless steel cookware benefits, especially the non-stick and easy clean-up features. More so, once you see the stunning design elements and color, you’ll see just why we choose this set! From the sleek ergonomic handles to the classic knobs, you’ll flip over it too!
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