15 Reasons a Cast Iron Skillet is Your New Best Friend

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Cast iron skillets aren't just for Grandma. The versatile kitchen heavyweight can do it all -- fry, sear, saute, and even bake! Plus, cast iron skillets can go straight from the stove top to the oven, making it the perfect tool for simplified, one-pan cooking. Try our incredible cast iron skillet recipes!

Blackberry Clafouti

Adorable mini cast-iron skillets are the secret to pulling off our sweet and juicy blackberry treats. The irresistible baked French desserts are a hit for both brunch and after dinner -- simply sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with a warm creme fraiche.

Cast-Iron Skillet Calzone

When you think of a classic Italian calzone, a cast-iron skillet likely isn't in the picture. This hearty recipe is ready to change that, thanks to the veggies, meat, and cheese filling this family-style casserole.

Fruit Cobbler with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Use a combination of fresh and dried fruits (cranberries, cherries, and plums!) to fill this stunning cast-iron cobbler. Instead of completely covering the dish with dough, top it with small portions to let the colors of the fruit shine through.

Sausage-and-Spinach Skillet Pizza

Hearty pizza made in a skillet? Who knew? To get the restaurant-style thick, crispy crust you love, a cast-iron skillet is the way to go. Our pizza recipe features loads of fresh spinach, Italian sausage, and mozzarella cheese.

Cast-Iron Brownies

Death by chocolate doesn't seem that bad when we're talking about warm and gooey brownies topped with hot fudge sauce and rocky road ice cream. Use individual-size cast-iron skillets to present each dinner guest with their own slice of pure indulgence.

Cheesy Skillet Artichoke Dip

Warm and gooey spinach-artichoke dip is one of those always-delicious recipes that never goes out of style. And thanks to the use of a cast-iron skillet, you can bake the entire thing in one pan -- then take it right over to the table to serve.

Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Spice Cake

Beautiful colors make our upside-down spice cake a showstopping dessert to admire; the cranberries and mandarin oranges that fill the dish taste just as impressive. To make, bake the gorgeous dessert in a cast-iron skillet and flip onto a platter when done.

Cast-Iron Hot Gingerbread Cookie

Your favorite holiday cookies get a year-round makeover thanks to our topping of pineapple, caramel, and ice cream. The lightly spiced treats get their oversize appearance thanks to the cast-iron skillet they're baked in.

Green Chile Fried Chicken

If you love fried chicken, you'll fall for our version seasoned with sour cream, chile peppers, and hot sauce. Pro tip? Marinate overnight and fry the chicken in your cast-iron skillet the next day.

Cast-Iron Mixed Berry Crisp

Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries -- our cast-iron skillet crisp has it all! With a crunchy amaretto cookie crumble and our cinnamon-tapioca berry blend, we've finally found the perfect fruit-filled crisp recipe.

Skillet Corn Bread

Learn how to make corn bread in your skillet four different ways! We offer variations such as cheesy chipotle bread, sweet corn and herb bread, bacon-green onion bread, and cranberry-tangerine bread. Yum!

Grilled Skillet Peach Pie

Make the most of sweet, juicy peaches in our top-notch skillet pie. Grilling the dessert in a cast-iron skillet makes the crust tender and perfectly golden brown; fresh basil adds a hit of unexpected bright flavor to the dish.

Roasted Chicken Breast with Sage Pan Sauce

If you love roasted chicken, our technique of cooking it in a cast-iron skillet is sure to wow you and your guests. It ensures every bite has the perfect combination of moist chicken and crispy skin.

Cast-Iron Plum-Polenta Cake

Sweet, juicy plums find a home alongside cornmeal polenta in our fluffy cast-iron skillet dessert. Homemade whipped cream adds a dollop of indulgence to every serving.

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

You can never go wrong serving warm and hearty chicken pot pie for dinner, and our cast-iron skillet recipe is no exception. Sweet peppers, onion, celery, peas, and carrots find a home alongside the chicken in this delicious family-friendly dinner.

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