Have you bought a Cast Iron pan and wondering what to cook using them? Then here you go, we have made a selection of Ingredients that your cast iron pan can be put to use. It is must to invest at least one cast Iron pan for your kitchen. This will come in handy to make any dish in one pot for a quick meals.
Cast Iron Pan will do the job of giving you those perfect circular shaped omelette or frittatas, those nice crisps to make your roasted vegetables, gives a good sear on your pan roasted chicken or even to bake a thin crust pizza over a stove pot.
It is one of the durable utensil that can be used on any source of heat like stove, oven, wood fire and even grills. This is one such pan that can be passed from generation to generation because it is durable and tough as a Nail. The Pan can withstand high temperature and keep the heat on for a very long time.
The best cast Iron pan is a 10 inch pan that can do almost all the work for you in the kitchen. The best pans are the ones that are made in USA. But you can even buy ones that are of good brand from online which are of affordable rate. Every cast iron need to be seasoned so do not buy any cast iron pan with a belief that you will get one which is seasoned. Make sure that it comes with a good sturdy handle with a hole. Then a helper handle on the opposite side which makes it easier to hold the pan and also move around or pour from one pan to another.
What needs to be done when you get a Cast Iron Pan?
How to season a cast iron pan
Every Cast Iron Pan that you buy has to be seasoned and the sizzler plates are also made of cast iron. Seasoning is done in order to create a non-stick layer over it and to prevent cooking in a rusted pan.Scrub the new skillet well in hot soapy water.
Once completely dry, drizzle a teaspoon of oil and grease the pan. I prefer seasoning in it on the gas stove, as we can monitor it well and remove all rust stains. Place the greased iron pan on the gas stove and allow it to come to a smoking point.
Once it does, turn the heat to low. Use a kitchen paper towel and wipe out the rust and stains. Once you do, add a little more oil and grease it with more oil. Turn the heat to medium and keep heating and wiping out the rust stains on the cast iron.
Continue this process of greasing and wiping out until you get a clean cast iron pan. This process takes about 30 minutes. You will notice that the oil will keep getting absorbed by the iron and at one such point you will find the iron is not dry and is greased well and no rust stains come out.
Once the above process is done, your pan is ready to use. If you are not planning to use it immediately, then you can simply store this seasoned pan inside and use it when ready.
Once you have used the pan, it is a must to clean thoroughly, as the citrus content in the food may cause the cast iron pan to rust. So make sure you clean the pan with soap, wipe and dry it thoroughly and then grease it with oil and keep it aside for next use.
1. Begun Bhaja Recipe (Bengali Style Spiced And Fried Aubergine Slices)
Frying or searing is one of the technique that is widely used on a cast iron pans. Here we have a traditional recipes Begun Bhaja that is made using marinated brinjal roundles which is pan roasted on a cast Iron pan. The pan gives in the right crisp and color to the vegetable.
You can even use it to Pan roast or Pan Sear Chicken to make a Chicken In Lemon Butter Sauce Recipe or Seared Fish/ Fish Fry. Or just roast vegetables to make a side like Roasted Mushroom Recipe for your Continental Meals.
2. Shakshuka With Oats Recipe-A High Protein Breakfast
Shakshuka is a one pot meal that you can create for a nice Breakfast Meal. It is basically a whole egg poached in a tangy tomato based gravy. The eggs are poached till it is gooey and is full of flavour. It is best cooked in a cast iron pan which keeps the flavour intact. You can serve it along with some toasted garlic bread.
3. Potato & Basil Frittata Recipe
Frittata are similar to an omelette but it is quite thick and is loaded with vegetables.The frittata can be enriched with additional ingredients like meats, vegetables, greens and cheese. The frittata are usually twice cooked, once on the pan and then it is finished off in the oven. A cast iron pan is usually used to make to get a nice fluffy and fried omelette.
You can also use the Cast Iron pan to make a Basil & Cherry Tomato Omelette Recipe and Egg And Ridge Gourd Burji (Peerkangai Muttai Poriyal) Recipe.
4. 15 Minutes Mexican Fried Rice Recipe
The pan is also a great way to toss something quick for your everyday meal. In this recipe we have tossed some cooked rice with chopped vegetables and seasonings to make a complete meal in 15 minutes.
You can also use the pan to make Pasta dishes in one pot like Fettuccine Pasta Recipe In Tomato Basil Sauce or One-Pot Stove Top Lasagna Recipe.
5. Easy Creamy Chicken Curry Recipe
A North Indian Style Chicken recipe which is flavoured with cream, black pepper and dried methi. It is an one pot chicken curry recipe which you can make for your everyday dinners or when you have sudden guests at home. This creamy chicken is a perfect recipe to satisfy your taste buds during the weekday. So the cast iron pan can also be used to make other delicious one pot Indian curries like Butter Chicken Recipe - The Classic Indian Chicken Gravy and Baked Fish In Coconut Milk Recipe.
6. Tawa Pizza Recipe with Roasted Vegetables - Skillet Pizza Recipe
There are times when people do no have an oven to make a pizza at home. So no worries you can even make a thin crust and soft pizza on a cast iron pan that will turn out to be absolutely delicious and tasty. The pizza dough is rolled to a thickness that can be cooked on the pan in just 40 minutes. The other option of using the pan is to make different style of bread like Cheesy & Spicy Pull Apart Bread Recipe With Indian Spices.
7. Delicious Skillet Plum Cake Recipe
You do not require a cake pan to get a perfectly shaped cylindrical cake. In this recipe we have baked the cake in a cast iron pan that is a delicious cake recipe which uses brown butter, adding great flavour to the cake. The juicy, tart plums take the cake to yet another level, that will simply leave you asking for more of this cake.
You can even use the Cast Iron Pan to make an Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe as well.
8. Old Fashioned Bread Pudding Recipe
9. German Pancakes with Caramelised Apples Recipe
A fluffy pancake recipe that you would drool on it on your first try. The pancakes are then topped with some caramelised Apples flavoured with a good punch of cinnamon, nutmeg and dry ginger powder. The pancake batter is quite thin and slowly baked in the oven in a pan. The eggs helps in giving the fluffy and light texture to the batter and the pan helps to maintain the right amount of heat.