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by Meghann on December 5, 2012

Derek and I broke out one of our wedding gifts for dinner tonight – the cast iron skillet!


THANK YOU Diana! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is my first cast iron skillet and I’m excited to start cooking with it! Any awesome recipes out there? I grew up with my dad making extra crispy fried chicken in the skillet, but I’m sure there are healthier options too.

I kept it simple for my first night out with the cast iron skillet and made pork chops.


I got the pan nice and hot, then added the lightly seasoned pork chop to it. The sizzle was instant and gave the pork chops a nice crust. I cooked the chops for 10 minutes per side, then added some Strawberry Fig Preserves to mine in the last 5 minutes. (Derek wasn’t sure he would like it so I opted to leave it off his just in case it was a no-go)


The strawberry fig preserves were a nice sweet touch. The preserves were more figgy than strawberry and had a nice rich flavor to them – a little bit would have gone a long way! The pork chop was also kept juicy and tender. I was a fan.



On the side we made rutabaga fries with ketchup.


And green beans


Earlier I made some trail mix with mixed nuts and cinnamon cheerios.


And I had two chocolate covered strawberries for dessert (I’ll fill in more details on those tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


I’m double checking that my phone is ON tonight so I don’t miss my alarm.

I’m also calling it an early night.

Good Night!

1 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I would love to try out a cast iron skillet! And that jam sounds perfect on a pork chop, good thinking.

2 TorontoRunner December 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Those chocolate covered strawberries..I need some in my life right now!!
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3 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna December 6, 2012 at 12:13 am

those chocolate covered strawberries look amazing!

4 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner December 6, 2012 at 5:54 am

Cornbread is fabulous cooked in a cast iron skillet!
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5 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 6, 2012 at 7:05 am

I love the cast iron skillet! I’ve made deep dish pizza, a deep dish cookie, and the Pioneer Woman’s Skillet Apple cake. All of those turned out amazing! I have the recipes on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚
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6 Jenny December 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

Blackened Salmon! It’s my favorite…coat a salmon filet with cajun seasoning and sear in the cast iron skillet for 3 minutes per side. Delicious!

7 Natalie @ Free Range Human December 6, 2012 at 9:29 am

Those strawberries look delicious! I make cornbread in a cast iron skillet and it’s really yummy!
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8 Stephanie December 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

Isn’t it bad luck to use presents before the wedding?

9 adrianne (adiecakes) December 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I lovelovelove my cast iron pans!! (Yes, I have two!) I probably do the majority of my cooking in them, just because it’s so fun, and I feel like food tends to crisp up in a way it wouldn’t otherwise. Favorites include:

Fried eggs
Hash browns
Chicken tenders
Freezer-to-pan steak/pork chops (seriously – take a steak or pork chop out of the freezer and immediately throw into your super hot cast iron, sear on both sides, and then throw in the oven on 200* for 30-60 minutes depending on the thickness. It’s great for those days you forget to thaw your meat, which I often do!)

Seriously though, as long as it’s not like, pasta (and sometimes if it is pasta), it’s going in the cast iron!
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10 Meghann December 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

thanks for the tips! ๐Ÿ™‚

11 alex December 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Don’t have one but have heard that its a must-have. What brand is yours and what size?

12 Meghann December 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

It’s the Lodge Round Fry Pan, 10″

13 Samantha Mason December 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Pork is probably my favorite thing to cook in a cast iron skillet! Or steak. My mom got me one when I moved to LA 6 and a half years ago, and it still is one of my favorite things. I have probably cooked every kind of thing imaginable in mine (except eggs, actually). And I swear, it looks exactly the same. I think cast iron skillets just last forever. I really want a nice big cast iron pot now for soups.
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14 Sarah December 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Was your pan pre-seasoned? This is why I haven’t bought a cast iron pan yet haha. The whole “seasoning” part throws me off.

15 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper December 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I would never think to use fruit preserves on a meat, but HELLO that sounds so good. Great idea!
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16 Oceanside Chiropractor December 30, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Those chocolate covered strawberries looks great. And that pork chop with jam looks delicious. But what does it taste like?

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