Cast Iron Skillet Homemade Cornbread

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Cast Iron.

What comes to mind when you think about it?

Cooking over a campfire? Fried Chicken with lots of oil or lard? Wil E. Coyote getting hit in the face while chasing the Road Runner?

For me, it always meant HEAVY and hard-to-clean…so that meant, “Not Going To Use It.”

Flash forward ten years. I’ve got a new attitude on cooking, a new gas stove, and have read about the ills of non-stick cookware.

Solution? Cast Iron.

If you haven’t cooked with Cast Iron before, let me give you the glorious positives.

  • Even cooking throughout the pan.
  • Goes from stove to oven to stove without a problem.
  • Non-stick naturally.
  • Cheap. (Seriously, Lodge 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet is only $20.97.)
  • Can still be used to hit people in the face and do damage. (Just kidding, kind of.)

So when the good people of Lodge contacted me about reviewing The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook, I said yes in a heartbeat. In disclosure, I only said yes because I like cooking with cast iron and I thought the cookbook would be filled with “manly” recipes that could be used when the rest of my family goes camping without me.

I have to say that I was WRONG about the type of recipes in the cookbook. There are still “manly” recipes – like Homemade Cornbread (there is a whole chapter devoted to it), Chef Boy-R-Bob’s Chili Verde, Fried Chicken, Cast Iron Grilled Steaks with Blue Cheese Butter, and Blueberry-Peach Skillet Pie.

But there are also a TON of light and interesting recipes like Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salsa, Fish Tacos with Mango Slaw, Skillet Cauliflower Feta Pizza, and Chicken with Artichoke Hearts, Olives, and Capers.

But in the end, while you can make all of those things with a cast iron skillet, you really better be able to make a “darn-fine” homemade cornbread. Which is a good thing because there is a whole chapter devoted to Homemade Cornbread.

What about you? Do you own a cast iron skillet or dutch oven? Share it with us via the comments or on the Kansas City Mamas Facebook Page.

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  1. Bugmagnt says

    We actually now own 2 cast iron skillets.. because my hubby loved having one so much! And he swears that the best way now to cook steak is not on the outdoor grill.. but in the cast iron — seared on the stove first and then finished in the oven. It stays juicy and delicious! And cast iron is not hard to clean… once you season it, it is actually a pretty quick clean up!

  2. says

    My Granny always used a cast iron for burgers and stove top cornbread, so naturally when I moved out on my own (and quite far away from her), I purchased a cast iron. But I knew nothing about seasoning the skillet…I got one that was unseasoned, and it was a nightmare. Tried to make tortillas in it, lol…oh my God, never got that mess out. Ever. So tried to season another one on my own, and the entire house was filled with smoke. I eventually gave up, but when I was in France back in October, my sister-in-law had nothing BUT cast iron, pre-seasoned, that she had brought over from Zimbabwe, and I cooked all kinds of things while I was there…and fell in love!

  3. Judi says

    Welcome to our southern secret! When camping we do the entire meal over a campfire, using only cast iron. Biscuits are especially good…

  4. michele says

    Don’t do what I do and buy the skillet with dividers specifically for cornbread. A pain to clean, for absolutely no good reason.

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