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The Joys of Cooking with a Cast-Iron Skillet

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Discover delicious ways to prepare food in a cast-iron skillet

There’s nothing like a cast-iron skillet to get a good sear on a piece of meat. A cast-iron skillet is durable, inexpensive, non-stick and virtually indestructible, yet improves with age. This skillet holds heat incredibly well, so is great for popping right into your oven. Plus, if you take good care of it you can even pass it on to your grandchildren.

Most come pre-seasoned, which means they’ve been coated with a cooking oil and baked. If yours did not, just rub it with cooking oil and bake in a 350F oven for 1 hour, and then give it a wipe. For an ongoing ready-to-use patina in your skillet, you need to keep it clean and well-oiled always.

If you have stubbornly built up food and grime, you can clean it by rubbing kosher salt in a warm skillet. Use a bunch of paper towel to rub it clean, and then rinse with warm water. Dry the pan immediately and then rub in some vegetable oil. Gently heat the pan to let the oil soak in.  This helps the pan keep that nice glossy patina, keep its non-stick properties and prevent any rust.

There are endless ways to make good use of your cast iron skillet, even pizza can be made in it.

It’s perfect for searing steak and roasting chicken pieces right in the pan. It can go directly into a hot oven to finish cooking your meat.

Get out your pan for some amazing deep-dish pizza!

Friday night pizza just got a whole lot easier and insanely delicious thanks to your cast iron skillet. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes, so what are you waiting for?

Here’s how to make it:

Preheat your oven to 525F, as hot as it will go. Then, stretch out your store-bought pizza dough.

Place your 9 to 12” cast-iron pan over medium heat on the stove. Sprinkle the hot pan with a little cornmeal and flour, and then add your pizza dough round, pulling the dough up the sides of the pan. Add some olive oil to the surface of the dough. When the dough starts to bubble, season it with some salt and pepper.  Add 2-3oz of your favorite tomato/pizza/marinara sauce. Top with 2-3 cups of mozzarella cheese, and your favorite toppings.

Put the pizza in the oven for 10-15 minutes, and that’s it! When the cheese is all nice and bubbly, take it out of the oven, and let it rest for a few minutes. Add some fresh basil leaves, and you ready to slice and eat!

If you like more toppings, you can add them to the pizza before it goes into the oven. It’s that easy!

Next, you can try favorites such as pan-fried chicken, Indian naan bread, cinnamon rolls, and skillet cornbread!

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