3 Creative Ways The Pioneer Woman Uses a Cast-Iron Skillet

by in Food Network Chef, Recipes, August 19th, 2014

The Eggbert's SunriserLong-lasting and relatively inexpensive to purchase, cast-iron skillets are perhaps the ultimate workhorses in the kitchen, as they can move from the stove to the oven and they maintain heat extremely well. Sizzling rib-eye steaks and whole roast chickens may be two of the most-common dishes prepared in these all-purpose pans, but the culinary range of these rustic mainstays goes beyond meaty dinners, as Ree Drummond has showed during the more than seven seasons of The Pioneer Woman. From sweet treats to baked breads, Ree’s proved that there’s practically no limit to what can be prepared in cast-iron skillets. Read on below to learn which unexpected treats she’s making with her vast collection of cast-iron skillets, and get her recipes for savory and sweet favorites.

Think beyond the griddle when it comes to the most-important meal of the day, and embrace the cast-iron skillet with Ree’s The Eggbert’s Sunriser (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine. A next-level take on hash, this hearty morning meal features layer upon layer of flavor, including salty ham, tender sauteed peppers and satisfying potatoes. Finish with eggs and your favorite salsa for added taste and texture.

Buttered Rosemary RollsBread:
Follow Ree’s lead and make Buttered Rosemary Rolls in a cast-iron skillet. She saves time in the kitchen by starting with prepared dough, then arranging it in the pan and topping it with melted better and fresh herbs for over-the-top decadence. If cornbread is more your style, try The Pioneer Woman’s cowboy-inspired recipe for Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread. After combining milk and tangy buttermilk for moisture, Ree adds the bold flavors of cheddar, bell pepper and jalapeno to the cornmeal batter, before baking it in the skillet.

Skillet Cookie SundaeDessert:
Instead of making an entire sheet tray of small cookies, opt for one giant treat with Ree’s recipe for Skillet Cookie Sundae. This over-the-top dessert boasts a duo of chocolate chips, and when slightly cooled, it’s topped with classic sundae fixings, like creamy ice creams, hot fudge and fluffy whipped cream. For something fruitier, look to Ree’s Blackberry Pot Pies, baked in small, individual-size skillets. She tops her sweetened blackberry filling with a buttery, flaky pie crust, then bakes the pie until the crust is golden brown.

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Comments (7)

  1. Bobby says:

    What is the secret to cleaning the cast iron

    • Amelia says:

      Salt! The flake-y kind (kosher is my favorite). Scrub it gently with a towel and salt (paper towel is best, but you can use a handtowel if you don't mind it being filthy), until clean then wipe on the lightest coating of vegetable oil, and away it goes. It will stay clean, don't worry.

      Just don't scrub it with modern dish detergent. It'll rip the coating off the pan in no time flat.

    • John L Bernstein III says:

      I second Amelia with this caveat:

      Before wiping the skillet with salt and towel, fill the skillet with water and bring it to a boil. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to loosen anything that is stuck to the pan and then dump the water. Next , place a small amount of vegetable oil into the pan and then add the salt. Wipe the pan with the oil salt mixture until fully clean and then rinse again with just plain water. DO NOT USE SOAP OR YOUR PAN WILL RUST!. Next, oil it again and place it over high heat until it is smoking. This will clean and disinfect your pan. Germs can't survive the heat and salt. The oil will protect the pan from rusting away. Let the pan cool and store it away.

  2. This is so True but there are lot of more uses for the same :)

  3. Kathleen says:

    Kathleen Pottkotter
    Although I absolutely adore you, your family, and your show, I was quite worried when you related that Charlie was going to have a share of the Crispy Treats (WITH CHOCOLATE). Dogs cannot safely digest chocolate.

  4. Gymgirl says:

    Check here for restoring a cast iron skillet.


  5. Alice KISSAMITAKIS says:

    What is the best way to season a new cast iron skillet

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