Cast-iron skillets are a SAVEUR kitchen essential (pro-tip: we’ve got a new favorite) whether you’re whipping up a simple side dish or a labor-intensive main course. Making apple pancakes with dulce de leche or any of our other one-pan breakfasts? Cooking in a cast-iron skillet allows you to simplify your morning routine without sacrificing a tasty meal. Whether you’re searching for a classic fall recipe or just a frying pan dish that fills your kitchen with seasonal aromas, our best cast-iron recipes will spice up your autumn cooking.
Potatoes with Chestnuts and Clams
These stuffed potatoes, which tenderize first in foil packets then crisp up in cast iron atop the coals (or in the oven), are packed with a mix of roasted chestnuts, bacon, and juicy whole clams. “Clams and potatoes are a match made in heaven,” says Joe Beef’s Dave McMillan of the unusual, yet welcome addition of seafood to potatoes. “Just think about clam chowder.” Get the recipe for Potatoes with Chestnuts and Clams »
Sour Cream Corn Bread
This simple Southern-style cornbread harkens to cookbook author Lee Bailey’s Louisiana upbringing and highlights his simple entertaining and cooking style. Bailey calls for baking the cornbread in a cast-iron skillet, but you can substitute a well-greased 9-inch metal baking pan. Get the recipe for Sour Cream Corn Bread »
Charred Sweet Potatoes with Pickled Shallots, Pistachios, and Ricotta Salata
Like a lot of chefs, Jared Bennett of Metropole in Cincinnati is into charring vegetables to amplify their natural sweetness inside, and lend them a pleasantly bitter crust. The secret, he says, is precooking many of the vegetables and then just searing them in a smoking-hot cast-iron pan, so they don’t go to mush before getting a char. One of his signatures: this sweet potato side dish with pomegranate, lemon juice, pistachio, and ricotta salata. Get the recipe for Charred Sweet Potatoes with Pickled Shallots, Pistachios, and Ricotta Salata »