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9 Recipes for Your Cast-Iron Pan

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9 Ways to Completely Dominate Cast-Iron Cooking
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If your cupboard is full of worn-out pans that kinda, sorta do their job, now’s the time to call in a rugged multitasker guaranteed to bring you joy.

Cast-iron pans are kitchen workhorses. They’re durable, versatile and can last a lifetime. Granted, they’re heavy and need to be seasoned, but given their utility on the range or in the oven, cast-iron pans consistently overdeliver.

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From lofty baked pancakes to the perfect burger, we’ve assembled 9 ways to put this Renaissance pan to work.

Potato Rösti

Take brunch to the next level with this impressive hash brown alternative. Bonus: The prep work is a great stress reliever.

② Dutch Baby Pancake with Caramelized Pears and Toasted Almonds

Oh, baby, this rich and eggy baked pancake is a beauty. It’s also incredibly easy to make (but no one needs to know that).

Tomatillo Shakshuka

This one-skillet showstopper is traditionally served for breakfast, but its bright and savory flavors make it satisfying any time of day.

The Perfect Burger

No grill? No problem. You can achieve burger bliss with a cast-iron pan and your stove. (Homemade secret sauce is also a great call.)

Skillet Roasted Lemon Chicken

Ina Garten’s recipe for spatchcocked roast chicken with lemon and onion might just be the ultimate one-pot meal.

Winter Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Whether you resolved to eat healthy food this year or just want to put your CSA haul to good use, this one-pot dish jam-packed with seasonal veggies and brown rice has you covered.

Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)

A sizzling cast-iron pan impeccably chars and caramelizes razor-thin slices of rib eye or sirloin to perfection in just two minutes.   

⑧ Skillet-Baked Pasta with Five Cheeses

Five types of cheese convene in this gooey pasta. It also features a can of tomatoes, so you can say you ate your veggies.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie

This giant chocolate cookie is perfectly delicious plain, but you should definitely serve it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Hey, you only live once.

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