I have several cast iron pans from my mother-in-law. If you”re familiar with cast iron, it weighs a ton. The skillets are not washed with soap, but rinsed in water and scoured with salt when necessary. A good pan will “season” and become non-stick over time. Those who love cast iron swear by them. While I don”t always use them to cook, I do have a few recipes that absolutely require a good skillet.
Dutch Baby Pancake (Sometimes called a puff pancake)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups assorted fresh berries
Powdered sugar, if desired
Heat oven to 400°F. In seasoned cast iron skillet, melt butter in oven; brush butter over bottom and side of pie pan.
- In medium bowl, beat eggs slightly with wire whisk or hand beater. Beat in flour, milk and salt just until mixed (do not overbeat). Pour into skillet.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until puffy and deep golden brown. Serve pancake immediately topped with berries. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Another favorite? Roasted Brussels sprouts
1 pound Brussels sprouts, rinsed, ends trimmed
1 Tbsp minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Place Brussels sprouts in a cast iron frying pan. Toss in the garlic. Sprinkle Brussels sprouts with lemon juice. Toss with oil so that the sprouts are well coated. Sprinkle generously with salt (at least a half teaspoon) and a few turns of black pepper.
2 Put Brussels sprouts in oven on top rack, cook for 20 minutes, then stir so that the sprouts get coated with the oil in the pan. Cook for another 10 minutes. Then sprinkle with Parmesan (if using) and cook for another 5 minutes.
The sprouts should be nicely browned, some of the outside leaves crunchy, the interior should be cooked through.
Add more salt to taste. (Salting sufficiently is the key to success with this recipe.)
Sherri is currently working on three more books for her Cimarron Springs series. Her current books include Winning the Widow’s Heart and The Marshal’s Ready-Made Family. The Cattleman Meets His Match releases in August of 2014.
The Marshal’s Ready-Made Family
Susan Mobley of Romantic Times Magazine says, “A lovely marriage-of-convenience story, the interaction between the two main characters is a joy to start.”
Gentlemen don”t court feisty straight shooters like JoBeth McCoy. Just as she”s resigned to a lifetime alone, a misunderstanding forces the spunky telegraph operator into a marriage of convenience. Wedding the town”s handsome new marshal offers JoBeth a chance at motherhood, caring for the orphaned little girl she”s come to love.
Garrett Cain will lose guardianship of his niece, Cora, if he stays single, but he knows no woman could accept the secrets he”s hidden about his past. The lawman can”t jeopardize Cora”s future by admitting the truth. Yet when unexpected danger in the small town threatens to expose Garrett”s long-buried secret, only a leap of faith can turn a makeshift union into a real family.