Cast iron skillet dinner recipes are perfect for every savvy homesteader. You often have a lot on their hands and preparing meals with a cast-iron pan saves time and effort, due to its efficiency in conducting heat and ensuring well-seasoned food. These delicious and easy cast iron skillet dinner recipes are lifesavers. They also make great camping recipes–they’re that reliable. Continue reading to find out for yourself!
Cast Iron Skillet Dinner Recipes: Quick And Easy Meals
1. Baked Polenta And Vegetables With Tahini Glaze
Some veggies from a Ratatouille, polenta, and tahini make this vegan recipe. It’s a delicious dish you can whip up in a cast-iron skillet. Take care when doing your polenta as it can burn fast and quick.
2. Skillet Chicken With Bacon And White Wine Sauce
Imagine meaty chicken thighs drowning in wine sauce with bacon bits and caramelized shallots. Savor the delicious flavors simmering and sizzling in one cast iron pan. Well, don’t stop there, but cook this skillet chicken recipe now.
3. 30-Minute Cheesy Avocado Skillet Pizza Bread
Make this 30-minute pizza bread in a cast-iron skillet for your dinner tonight. You’ll find cheese and avocado makes an amazing combo. Pop in the oven for 30 minutes to cook. Pair with any other of these delicious cast-iron skillet recipes for fantastic skillet meals.
4. Shepherd’s Pie With Ground Beef
Even the classic shepherd’s pie cooks well and good in a cast-iron pan. This should make a delicious dinner meal for any occasion with savory ground beef. You can also make good use of your leftover mashed potatoes in this easy cast iron skillet recipe.
5. Perfect Pan-Seared Steak
Learn how to make the perfect homemade pan-seared steak. First, get yourself a high-grade cut of beef, then, cook it in a cast-iron skillet. Add herbs to the steak and season with ground black pepper and kosher salt.
6. Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Make yourself or your family the beloved classic, baked mac n’ cheese, in a cast-iron skillet. I love a good baked mac that’s ever-so-slightly crusty on top but creamy and rich underneath.
7. The Simplest and Best Shrimp Dish
Shrimp, as most kinds of fresh seafood are, is delicious by itself. Add a few earthy herbs and spices to complement the flavors of the sea in this shrimp skillet recipe. The secret to this super delicious dish? Garlic…lots of garlic!
8. Cast-Iron Skillet Burgers
The secret to a mouth-watering burger is in the savory ground beef patties. Freeze the ground beef patties first so you can have that brown crust and juicy inside you crave. Don’t forget the cheese to go with the tasty patty.
9. Pesto PLT Skillet Pizza
Cooking pizza in a cast-iron skillet gives you a pie crust that’s brown and crisp at the edges. Use all-purpose flour for the pizza dough and semolina flour for dusting. It’s a perfect canvas for toppings of veggies, cheese, meat, and spices.
10. Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Serve this chicken pot pie for dinner, especially on cold evenings. Use skinless and boneless chicken breasts to go with the veggies. This chicken recipe will warm not only tummies, but hearts, too.
11. Easy Skillet Lasagna
With only a few ingredients and steps, you can make this delicious and easy skillet lasagna. Dump the ingredients, ground beef, pasta, and all in one cast-iron pan. What’s best is, you also have only one pot to clean.
12. One Pot 30-Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake
A complete meal can be had in pasta recipes, like this pasta bake dish. Use gluten-free fettuccine with the veggies for a vegan take on this healthy dish. It also comes with the added bonus of cooking it all in one pan.
13. Loaded Smashed Potato Skillet
Make your favorite dinner side in a cast-iron pan for a full meal. Give these loaded smashed potatoes a try and add a new trick to your list of mashed potato recipes. You can pop this in the oven or just put it on top of a hot grill.
14. Crispy Skin Oven Roast Chicken In Skillet
You can cook a whole chicken in your cast-iron skillet. Give it a shot with this roasted chicken in a cast-iron skillet. Serve this chicken recipe with potatoes for a special meal.
15. Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken With Asparagus
Serving this prosciutto-wrapped chicken couldn’t be any more perfect for Valentine’s Day. With fresh asparagus, even an ordinary evening meal can be special. Your special one will find this chicken recipe like no other.
16. Skillet Potato Bake With Tomatoes
Cooking this potato skillet pairs great with any of the savory main dishes here. You can use whole baby potatoes or slice larger potatoes into halves.
17. Gnocchi Skillet With Chicken Sausage And Tomatoes
Here’s a 5-ingredient dinner recipe you’ll love to make and enjoy, too. It’s a simple dish using chicken sausages with 4 other ingredients. This will be a great way to prepare and enjoy your fresh harvest in a heartbeat.
18. Skillet Chicken Fajitas
If you’re into Tex-Mex food, you’ll go gaga over this chicken recipe in a skillet. Chicken and veggies sliced into strips then seared in a cast-iron pan and served with warm tortillas. That’s a wrap!
19. Skillet Baked Stuffed Rigatoni
I love rigatoni for how each little tube gets a small filling of pasta sauce. In this recipe, it’s a rich tomato sauce with herbs. Cook it in a cast-iron skillet and serve this for a filling dinner.
20. Leftover Steak And Spinach Quesadilla With Provolone
My mom always tells me, “Better cook a bit more and have leftovers than to cook just enough and be left hanging.” Turns out she’s right when you can make more out of leftovers. Take this leftover steak and spinach quesadilla with provolone.
21. Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Zesty Dry Rub
Roast pork can be tricky to prepare, but try this roast pork recipe in a skillet. You’ll find yourself enjoying some roast pork weekly. The secret? Herbs and lime adding juicy flavors and zest.
22. Simple Sesame Chicken
If you’re looking to add a little Asian flair to your recipes, try this delicious easy chicken recipe. It should be an awesome oriental-dish-meets-good-old-American cast-iron pan moment.
23. Steak With Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe
Steak is not only good for the grill, it can also cook to perfection in a cast-iron pan. If that’s not enough convincing, here’s three words for you: Cheese, butter, and Yum!
24. Unstuffed Cabbage Skillet Dinner
Gourmet chefs might call this a “deconstructed” version of stuffed cabbage. But, this unstuffed cabbage skillet dinner doesn’t need a fancy title to suit your taste. Cabbages, mushroom, and ground beef are super delicious.
25. Easy Chili And Cornbread Skillet
Prepare this quick and easy Mexican delight for your friends or family on a busy weeknight. What’s great about this comfort food is the easy clean up after. Who doesn’t love an easy delicious classic and zero mess after?
26. Butternut Squash And Black Bean Enchilada
Looking to add a little spice to your cast-iron skillet cooking? Look no further! This spicy enchilada recipe is sure to please any crowd. It’s not only spicy, it’s healthy, too!
27. Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet
Cheese, chicken, rice, and a little spice in this chorizo sweet potato skillet and dinner is served! Now, you don’t have to prepare different dishes to make a meal. It’s now in one dish that’s easy to prepare and enjoy.
28. Skillet Zucchini
This skillet zucchini is one of the healthy cast iron skillet recipes you can find. It also works great as a side dish option for any skillet meals. Can you imagine how amazing this would be with your whole roast chicken dish in a cast-iron pan?
29. Creamy Chicken Broccoli And Rice Skillet Recipe
Here’s a one-pan recipe for those of you who want some home cooking without the extra fuss. You have rice, chicken, and broccoli all in one dish to fill you up.
30. Healthy And Easy Skillet Lasagna
Lasagna to me is a prima donna recipe–too complicated to cook when you don’t have the luxury of time. Well, this lasagna in a skillet sure isn’t. Give it a try to find out for yourself!
31. Skillet Shrimp With Orzo, Feta, And Asparagus
Get your Mediterranean on with this healthy seafood recipe. I didn’t use to think so, but shrimp and feta complement each other well in this dish. I can have this anywhere, any day with my cast-iron skillet.
32. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole
Use this easy broccoli casserole recipe in a skillet to create the perfect side dish for your entree. Or, let it stand alone as a Paleo cheesy meal in itself. With quinoa, you have a healthier comfort food.
33. Taco Quinoa Turkey Skillet Dinner
Get a double dose of protein with this turkey and quinoa recipe in a cast-iron skillet. This should also be a great way to make good use of your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!
34. Skillet Salmon With Quinoa, Feta, And Arugula
Here’s another healthy recipe for the health-conscious crowd. Sear salmon in a cast-iron pan and serve with cooked quinoa, arugula, and feta.
35. One Pot Mexican Skillet Pasta
Create a one-pot wonder with this cast-iron skillet recipe for Mexican pasta. Chicken, veggies, and pasta make up this simple yet delicious chicken recipe.
36. Cajun Shrimp and Quinoa Casserole
Get a taste of New Orleans with this easy cajun shrimp dinner. You’ll love this dish with tasty garlic and melted cheese. Don’t worry–not only is it authentic, it’s a healthier, lighter version, too!
37. One Pan Skillet Stuffed Bell Peppers
This stuffed bell pepper recipe is a longtime favorite in American households. Even picky eaters are pleased with this ground beef recipe. To make it easier and simpler, we mix up ingredients along with diced bell peppers in a cast-iron pan.
38. Sriracha Lime Chicken Skillet
Add a little zing and zest to your cast-iron skillet chicken recipe with this fun and easy Sriracha lime sauce. Let the chicken sit and absorb all the flavors of the sauce in a skillet.
39. Quick Lemony Skillet Pork Chops
These pork chops are a hearty and healthy way to end your day with some fresh-tasting, belly-filling goodness. With quinoa and fresh green beans for sidings, pork chops couldn’t be any more delectable.
40. Pan-Seared Scallops With Lemon Butter Recipe
Searing scallops can be tricky and timing is important, but follow this scallops in a skillet recipe to the letter to get it. You can have restaurant-quality, melt-in-your-mouth goodness from your own cast-iron pan. Also, lemon, garlic, and butter make it savory.
41. Baked Spaghetti And Meatballs
Seeing meatballs simmering in a bubbly creamy sauce in my cast-iron pan is pure joy. And yes, you can cook your spaghetti and meatballs in a cast-iron skillet.
42. Smothered Skillet Chicken With Thyme Butter Mushrooms
This one is a classic chicken recipe that’s a lifesaver or a time saver. It’s chicken deboned, (or at least take the backbone out) smothered in gravy and mushroom. Cooking a warm welcome home dinner for a friend or family is no sweat with this recipe.
43. Honey Butter Creamy Skillet Corn
If you’ve no time to peel and cut up veggies for a side dish, get some fresh corn kernels. Cooking them in a cast-iron pan will give you a delicious side dish in no time. No side dish recipe will be as fast and easy especially when cooked in your skillet.
44. Cast Iron Chicken Skillet
We can never have enough of chicken recipes in a cast-iron pan. Make room for this healthy caramelized chicken recipe with lots of veggies. It’s one full meal in only one pan to clean.
45. Cheesy Meatball Skillet
Of all the cast iron skillet dinner recipes here, this ground beef recipe is the one I love best. You will need a few more ingredients more than ground beef, but they make this delicious recipe. Dirty up your skillet with cheese crust on the sides, I’d be the first to admit I love picking at it!
You can also try this healthy breakfast skillet recipe in this video from The Protein Chef:
There you have it, homesteading foodies! Savory cast iron skillet dinner recipes from which your next favorite dish will hail. You’ll love your cast iron skillet all the more. These delicious and delectable cast iron skillet dinner recipes are good reasons to!
What do you think of these cast iron skillet dinner recipes? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 16, 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.
The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.
The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.
“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”
How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar
The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!
This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.
So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?
Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know
Why Make Sauerkraut?
Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.
So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.
- 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- mason jar
- smaller jar
- rubber band
Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients
Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.
You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.
Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.
Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips
Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.
Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt
Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.
TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.
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Step 4: Massage the Cabbage
Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.
TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.
Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar
Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.
IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.
Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar
You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.
Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.
Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band
Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.
Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily
Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.
Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures
After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.
NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.
You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.
Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut
- Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
- Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
- Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
- If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.
Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!
So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.
What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!
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9 SPRING VEGETABLES FOR YOUR GARDEN
Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!
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Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!
Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.
Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.
Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?
Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.
Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.
If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.
Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!
Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.
Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.
Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.
There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.
They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.
A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.
Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.
Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.
Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.
Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!
Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.
All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!
So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!
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