Cast Iron Intimidation

26 Jan

I’ve wanted a cast iron skillet since I can remember.  My mom had multiple, and she always cooked in them.  I grew up thinking it was a necessity in the kitchen.  So I started looking into them.  This lead to a lot of apprehension.  They’re scary!

Fast forward a bit, and I found one at a local discount store for $15!  It was a Lodge too, which is awesome because it’s USA made!!  Score.  So, needless to say I scooped it up.  Then brought my new baby home…and set it on a shelf for six months.

Everyday I would see it and sigh.  I didn’t know what to make, was afraid to clean it wrong.  So it sat, and sat…

Then, I needed something to blog about.  Yes, seriously.  So I took it down, and stared at it.  Then I sat down and googled recipes.  I came up with two that intrigued me.  One on potatoes and one for corn bread.  Now, if you know me at all, you know I don’t actually use recipes.  I just look at them and get an idea, then I do whatever I feel like.  This has only backfired on me a few times, so obviously I have not learned me lesson.

First, the potatoes…

2 tbsp of butter

1 small onion

garlic to taste (I had some leftover, roasted from an earlier meal)

2 lbs fingerling potatoes

pepper to taste

I put the butter, onions and garlic in first and cooked those until brown.  Then I threw in the potatoes.  Cooked about 20 minutes, until tender.  It’s very simple, but it came out awesome and I couldn’t be happier with my first cast iron dish!


Next, the corn bread…


For this one, I used Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread mix.  I followed the recipie on the back, the only thing I did before was to put the skillet in the oven with about half a stick of butter.  When the butter is melted and the pan is nice and hot, you pour the cornbread mix in and bake.

If I were to do this one again, I’d either get a different mix, or add sour cream and a can of corn.  The mix itself was rather dry.

I must say, I”m no longer intimidated, in fact…I think I might be addicted 🙂


~ Manda


One Response to “Cast Iron Intimidation”

  1. wanderdrossel January 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    It’s funny you should post this, because the other day I found myself stranded with a class who wanted me to cook something in the pioneer cabin. The only ingredients I had were cornmeal, flour, salt, and vegetable oil. I thought maybe I could substitute oil for egg and make fry bread…. Let’s just say my cast iron experiment turned out much blacker and smellier, and way less edible than yours.

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