From breakfast to dessert Cast-Iron is a go to tool for many southern cooks. It’s versatility allows it to go from the stove top to the oven. It makes clean up a breeze and gives crusty goodness to many of your favorite baked dishes. Below are three of our favorite dishes that we pull out our trusty cast-iron skillet to make.
Ham & Cheese Breakfast Quiche
This rich and delicious breakfast is a snap to put together and feeds an average family easily. The crust can be made from scratch if you wish, but you can easily purchase a ready-made dough to make this meal quick and easy with minimal clean up. Feel free to add additional ingredients that your family loves just be sure to not overfill the crust. I add mushrooms because we love, love, love them.
1 pastry crust
1 pint Heavy Cream
½ lb. Broadbent Ham, chopped
16 oz. Swiss Cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your rolled-out pastry crust along the bottom of your cast iron skillet. In a large bowl, mix together eggs and cream well. Then add ham and 8 oz of the cheese to the mixture folding gently to combine. Pour egg mix into the pastry crust and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until eggs are completely cooked (poke with a fork and fork comes out clean).
Chicken Bacon Ranch Skillet
This dish is easy to make but feels like it’s right from the restaurant kitchen. Chicken Bacon Ranch is a combination hot in the food industry right now. Make this version at home and share with the whole family served alongside fresh vegetables such as green bean or corn.
8 Chicken Thighs
12 slices Broadbent Bacon
8 oz. Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Black Pepper to taste
Ranch Dressing for drizzle
Cut bacon into bite size pieces and cook in cast-iron skillet on medium heat until bacon is fully cooked but not crispy. In the meantime, cut chicken thighs into bite size pieces. Remove bacon and set aside on paper towels (to help remove some grease). Reserve drippings in pan and place chicken pieces seasoned with pepper; cook until no longer pink. Add bacon back into the skillet and toss to blend with chicken. Sprinkle on shredded cheese and drizzle a light layer of ranch across the top.
*Do not add salt until dish is tasted, the bacon will add salt to the entire dish.
Simple Peach Cobbler
Dessert is just as easy to whip up with a few simple ingredients and a deep cast iron skillet. This is a go to for unexpected guests as all the ingredients can be kept in your pantry and it can be tossed together in only a few moments. Using a cast iron skillet really gives it a crispy edge, though if you don’t own cast iron feel free to use a 9 x 13 baking dish.
1 large (29 ounce) can sliced peaches -drained
1 C Butter- melted
2 C Sugar
2 C Flour
2 C Milk
2 tsp Baking Powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer peaches into your cast iron skillet. Evenly distribute melted butter over peaches. In a bowl combine sugar, flour, baking powder and milk to create a batter. Pour batter evenly onto peach and butter mixture. Bake for roughly 45 minutes or until golden brown.
If you’re looking to use your cast-iron skillet more consider trying many of your regular baking projects in your skillet instead. Brownies are another one of my favorites to bake in cast-iron. If you have a favorite cast iron recipe share in the comments below. Let’s get cooking!