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Friday, July 2, 2010

fish fry and cast iron giveaway


Today is a day to celebrate.  It's the anniversary of the date that the Continental Congress voted for independence.  I got to try out my brand new cast iron skillet with glass lid.  And, you have the opportunity to get a cast iron skillet, too!

That's right...I'm giving away two deep cast iron skillets with tempered glass lids.  They are beauties!


The amazing people at Chef's Catalog sent me a brand new 12 inch Lodge Logic cast iron skillet.  I have wanted one of these for years!  My favorite feature - the tempered glass lid.  The lid is dishwasher safe, oven safe up to 400 degrees, and beautiful.

To celebrate this fabulous skillet, I let my husband pick the inaugural dish.  He chose fried catfish with hushpuppies.  Let's just say that he's not on a diet. :-)

I took out one of the only cookbooks I didn't pack when we moved - my Gooseberry Patch Quick and Easy bookazine.  I needed a cookbook to fry fish.  In case you haven't noticed, we don't eat much fried food...or fish for that matter.


The first items you need are about 3 pounds of catfish fillets, 12 ounces of beer, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.


Mix the beer and baking soda together...


...pour over the fish...


...and watch it bubble!


Plop a lid on it and stick it in the fridge.  The fish are going to hang out in that bubbly mess for an hour.

In the meantime, pour about 2 inches of oil into your skillet.  I used peanut oil because it handles high heat well.


Heat your oil to 375 degrees.  I discovered that I really need a thermometer to measure my oil.  Trial and error isn't a bad way to go, but several hushpuppies ended up being casualties in the process.  It happens...


Combine 2 cups milk, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon pepper, and some Cajun seasoning (toss in as much as your adventurous appetite can handle!).


In another dish, empty out a package of prepared fish breading.


Using a fork, lift a catfish fillet out of its beer marinade, draining the liquid off.


Dip the catfish into the milk mixture...


...dredge it in the breading...


...and fry it up until it's golden brown and the fish is cooked.  (To test if the fish is cooked, insert a fork and twist.  If the fish flakes easily, it's done.)


Serve your fish up hot, and don't forget the hushpuppies!



Now...for the really important part of this post.  Chef's Catalog wants to give two of my readers a cast iron skillet just like mine!  And let me tell you - you want one.  I absolutely love it!!

To enter, you don't have to become a follower or join twitter or swear that you'll only eat fried fish for the rest of your days.  That would be silly.  Just answer the following question in the comments section - What would you make with the cast iron skillet?

I'll select two winners on Friday, July 9 at 5pm (California time).  Good luck and happy cooking!

PS - If fried fish isn't your style, be sure to check out the amazing cast iron recipes featured on Faithfulness Farm.  Every Friday, she includes a new cast iron recipe as part of her Skillet Suppers series.  These recipes look amazing!


Fried Catfish 
(modified from Gooseberry Patch's Our Best Quick & Easy Recipes)

3 lbs. catfish fillets
12 oz. beer
2 T. baking soda
2 cups milk
1 egg
1 T. salt
1 T. pepper
Cajun seasoning to taste
1 package fish breading mix
oil for frying

Combine the beer and baking soda.  Pour over fish, cover, and refrigerate for one hour.

Pour oil into a large skillet to a depth of two inches.  Heat to 375 degrees.

Combine the milk, egg, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning.  Drain each fish fillet, dip into milk mixture, and then dredge in seasoning mix. Fry in oil a few fillets at a time, until golden and fish is cooked through.  Serves 6.

This post is linked to Foodie Friday, Potluck Sunday, and I'm Lovin' It!

84 comments:

  1. Let's see. Hubby says, "meat". I say maybe one of those upside down apple pie things. Tart Tatin I think it's called.

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  3. I would make an apple pie/tart dish that I found in a magazine. From start to finish, it only takes 30 minutes! I made it once without a cast iron skillet since I didn't have one, and it wasn't as crispy and wonderful as I knew it should've been. I can't wait to try it with a skillet!

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  4. I would make fried chicken!

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  5. I believe I would have my husband cook up some good fried chicken. We rarely fry stuff either...but this skillet looks like it is just calling for fried chicken to be cooked in it. Thanks for the chance to win. My husband would love to add this to his Lodge collection.

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  6. Oh, I would use that skillet for so much! I am not much for frying anymore as well but for fish, it has to be fried. Since it is the time of year for zucchini I would use that skillet for my grandmothers goulash. It is not your everyday goulash. This is made with several strips of bacon chopped up and cooked with chopped onion. You can add some garlic as well. Then add a cut up zucchini, throw in a jar of canned tomatoes then one or two cups of macaroni noodles. Continue cooking till the noodles are done and most liquid is absorbed. This is OH SO GOOD!
    Lori Peterson, Kansas

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  7. I forgot to tell you I have the Slow Cookers, Casseroles & Skillets cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. This has a whole chapter on Skillet recipes that this skillet would just be PERFECT for!

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  8. I'd make an asparagus breakfast burrito, where you fry the tortilla while cooking the asparagus and eggs inside the tortilla in the skillet.

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  9. I don't make a lot of fried anything at all anymore...but it's funny you mention fried fish and cast iron skillets. My grandmother never allowed fried food in her home...except for one special occassion she made me a couple of fried chicken tenders in her cast iron skillet!!! That was a one time only deal and never again... :) :) Hmm..If I won one of those cast iron skillets...oh hint, pick me please :) :) :) I'd made fritatas or stratas ...something that could go from the stove to the oven!!! I'd also like to try baking cornbread in a cast iron skillet!!! Thanks for the mention about Faithfulness Farm. A couple of my other blog friends read that...I'll go over and pay a visit!!! Hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

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  10. Kristin...I am so glad to see you've put that wonderful cast iron skillet to work right away!! It is a beauty! Well, I'd have NO trouble trying to figure out what to make in a cast iron skillet....maybe my grandma's pineapple upside-down cake (http://faithfulnessfarm.blogspot.com/2010/03/pineapple-upside-down-cake-ala-cast.html)...it's been a while since I made one of those!!

    Blessings & Happy 4th!
    Gail

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  11. I would have my husband fry us some fried chicken. This skillet would be perfect. Thanks for the chance to win. I thought I posted a comment...but don't see it. I'm not trying to post more than once. Just don't know if it went through first time or not.

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  12. I would make "apple cake in an iron skillet" from the pioneer woman's blog! :D :D

    And probably fry up some fish too! hehe.

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  13. I would fry squash fresh from my garden. You can't beat a great cast iron skillet. I have never seen one with a see thru lid.

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  14. I have always wanted a good cast iron skillet. I've seen many recipes that want you to use the skillet and then put it in the oven, like a frittata. I don't think my pan is oven proof. I"ve seen that Pioneer Woman recipe for the apple cake too and many others for the cast iron. It would totally get used. Great giveaway, thanks! BTW, I love how you don't have to be a follower or sell your first born children for 5 extra entries. I am just starting giveaways on my blog and I plan on keeping it simple! Thanks!

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  15. I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE cast iron skillets! They are wonderful things to cook with. I love being able to go from my stovetop to my oven!
    Count me in for this giveaway!

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  16. Oops. I forgot to tell you what I would cook.

    Breaded pork chops. They are so moist and yummy!

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  17. Southern Fried Chicken, I've never made it except "Oven Fried". Being a southern transpant I don't feel too much shame in this. :o) It would surely be wonderful for my first attempt to be in a pan like this.

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  18. There's nothing like cast iron when making fajitas, cornbread too! It just says home-cookin' on a checked runner. Thanks for the give-away and happy 4th...

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  19. Well the first thing I would make in this skillet is a Burnt Sugar Cake. The sugar is heated in a cast iron skillet until it browns, and then this syrup is used in the cake and in the icing. It's yummy and not too sweet.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  20. My first instinct was fried chicken, but then I saw a post for breaded pork chops and oh wow, now I will have to make them anyway. This certainly looks like a wonderful pan, enjoy.

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  21. After much thought, I have decided I would get some beautiful rib-eyes and throw them in a screaming hot cast iron skillet. sounds like a plan to me

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  22. Cornbread or a really good cobbler.

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  23. I would have to make up some bacon and eggs :)

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  24. I Love cast iron - I have my great-grandmother pan, but would love to add one to my collection. I would make fried chicken and pork chops - Thanks for the chance to win! Happy 4th of July!

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  25. I would make fried chicken and potatoes with onions and green peppers.

    Have a great holiday!!! :)

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  26. I would make scotch eggs, with the sausage made of pork and venison.

    Have a great fourth!

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  27. In addition to the venison scotch eggs, I would also make Welsh Cakes, which is an old family recipe passed down through the generations. My family is part Welsh, and I hope to go there one day.

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  28. Your fish fry looks so good! My Mom always used a cast iron skillet. They are so heavy but everything cooked in them always turned out so good! I like cooking fried chicken but my Aunt and Uncles would do yummy pizza in theirs. I love that yours has a lid! Keep your flag-a-wavin'...Joan
    P.S. I have become a follower.

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  29. It would be a hard call, but what I would make with a cast iron skillet would either be crab cakes or french fries the way my uncle used to make them for us when we were kids. I love the crunch!

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  30. I would fry fish like you did for my son. He loves catfish and yours looks so good!

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  31. Oh, how I love cast iron! I think my hubby would love that catfish...however, I love making cornbread/hoecakes in a cast iron skillet. So, that most likely what it would be.

    Deborah in NC

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  32. I would make the most delicious braised short ribs ever! Something about using a cast iron skillet makes them all the better.

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  33. This is amazing, if I owned a cast iron skillet I would not just make one thing in it, I would use it for everything, except maybe not salads and such ;) but the first thing I would cook would be HAGGIS, yes that's right, an actual haggis. It may sound/seem disgusting but as I am pure scottish I do have a taste for it and I would love to be able to make one for my relatives and see if it was up to par. so yes, haggis it would be, and kristin if i win this or not I am passing on my fave haggis recipe to you!

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  34. I typed out a whole comment and it must have disappeared into internet land! I would surely love this skillet because I have read about how cooking in cast iron puts extra iron into your food and since Archie refuses all things meat & veggies (except potato). I would love to cook him up some healthy hashbrowns made with extra virgin olive oil. I am always looking for ways to make sure he gets enough and this would help me solve that problem! :)

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  35. sweet southern cornbread with a bit of jalepeno ;)

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  36. I love this skillet. I would make Paula Deens beef shortribs. They are a one pot meal and cast iron is just the best to cook with! Oh, and probably tons and tons of cornbread too!

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  37. I love cast iron pans too and i would love to cook some fresh squash in it or some fried chicken. Just came across your blog and it looks very interesting. Will definitely be checking it out today.

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  38. Oh gosh--what wouldn't I cook in cast iron? I would start with fried chicken--then fried potatoes, bacon and eggs. I am extremely anemic so should use cast iron every day. Thanks for the chance to win. I found your blog last week and am so glad I did!

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  39. I was JUST telling the hubby how I wanted a cast iron skillet....I have never cooked with one, but am quite intrigued by the skillet potatoes Mommy's Kitchen just put up (where I saw your link) :)

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  40. Oh my, I would would make a nice and tasty deep dish pizza. Yummy. I love your blog!

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  41. I would make cheesy southwest cornbread!!

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  42. cast iron skillets are the best, I got a few from my mom when she stopped cooking as much....your fish looks so very very good!!

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  43. goulash ...the way mommy does.

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  44. I would make a big chocolate chip skillet cookie! Yum-o!

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  45. Fried chicken, potatoes, cornbread... everything really! Neat giveaway. :)

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  46. I always bake cornbread in a cast iron skillet, but baked potatoes are great if you have a iron lid (or griddle as I use) to cover them, thanks for a chance to win- love cast iron!

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  47. I'm not sure what I would make as I have never owned a cast iron skillet. Although there are some very yummy receipes that I see require them that I can't make for lack of one:(

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  48. I would make cornbread. I've never tried it in a cast iron skillet, but have heard so many good things about making it that way.

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  49. Hi,
    I just love the nostalgic, good-old & traditional beauty of iron skillet. I will make every edible delicacies, say, STOVE TOP & OVEN PIZZA, STOVE TOP & OVEN CAKES, BONELESS CHICKEN RECIPES IN ARAB STYLE, SAUTING OF VEG & NON VEG FOR THE LOVELY CHARR MARKS, ARAB BREADS, FRYING SADIA CHICKEN SAUSAGES (THE MOST TASTIEST SAUSAGE IN UAE - I USE MY OWN INVENTED RECIPES FOR THE SAUSAGE) ..... I CANT WAIT TO SEE THOSE BEAUTIFUL IRON SKILLET CHARR MARKS ON MY FAVOURITES............. I am in UAE & my email:- shynizakir@gmail. com.

    I am an avid and passionate BLOG BROWSER (if that is what u call those who dont own a BLOG)

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  50. What a sweet dream of a skillet!!! I would have to make my fried chicken in it. My younguns were just asking me yesterday to make them some soon. I'm so glad I found your link through Mommy's Kitchen. Thanks for the chance to win this beauty.

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  51. Just about anything. Maybe apple crisp or a big batch of cornbread. The one skillet I have doesn't have a glass lid so this one is great. You fish looks so awesome.

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  52. I would make my friends almond coffe cake. it is amazing. would love to win the skillet. Thanks for the chance.

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  53. If I had the cast iron skillet I'd make pan fried okra, with a few sliced potatoes thrown in for extra flavor. Well, actually I'd have the misses do the cooking, but I would certainly enjoy eating the okra. Nothing is better than fried okra.

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  54. I think if I won the cast iron skillet, I'd make fried chicken or cornbread like my grandma used to. :) Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway!

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  55. Hmmm. Well to be honest I think I would have a hard time lifting the skillet so I better not enter and give the other more deserving people a chance to win. (Always one to buck the trend. :)) But I did want to say I think the recipe looks amazing! :)

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  56. Probably the first thing I would make is my great grandmother's peach cobbler, then cornbread, then bacon and eggs, and then....oh I'm getting too hungry thinking about it already!!!

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  57. oh, I'd make eggs. Really. I know it's simple, but my mom used to make the best over-easy eggs in her cast iron skillet... so that's what I'd make first!

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  58. [Accidentally deleted comment] Ashley & Alfred – Those hushpuppies look and sound scrumptious…

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  59. [Accidentally deleted comment] Kristin – Fried chicken would be great. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Three Pts. – I would love to try an upside down pineapple cake made in a cast iron. I’ve heard they are great.

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  61. [Accidentally deleted comment] Shelly – I haven’t used a cask iron skillet but I do know how amazing the food tastes! I would make biscuits or peach cobbler, or a potato skillet or hamburgers…there is so much I could make!

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  62. Oh, my, is that skillet ENAMEL on the outside?? So I could use it on my ceramic/glass cooktop?? ::swoon::

    We love fried chicken, biscuits, pineapple upside down cake, skillet cornbread (cooked on top of the stove, as well as the baked variety), fried fish, FRIED POTATOES - what doesn't cook up GREAT in a cast iron skillet??

    ::begging:: Oh please please please please let me win!! LOL

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  63. I would make the delicious hush puppies you posted the recipe for!

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  64. Oh my, I think for hubby I would have to fix the fried cat fish. He LOVES fried cat fish and I never fix it. Some good fried chicken sounds wonderful too. Yum, yum. Don't tell our doctor about the fried food, he would not be pleased. LOL

    Have a God Filled Day
    Shirley

    PS. Loved the Pepsi in the photo, my husband worked for Pepsi for 35 years and retired from there. Love our Pepsi products, they paid to raise our 4 children!!

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  65. Oh my goodness! What wouldn't I make with that skillet?
    I would for sure try out that fish recipe -- delish!!!
    I love cornbread straight out of a cast iron skillet.
    I don't have a cast iron skillet, but have always wanted one! My mother-in-law has one and uses it all the time and I love it!! I always threaten to steal hers (it's nice and seasoned already- ha!)
    Oh, the things I could make with one .... :)
    Many Blessings,
    Lori

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  66. I'm drooling!! I would make fried chicken, but your fish recipe sounds excellent. I also like deep fried zucchini.

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  67. I have always wanted to make cornbread in a cast iron skillet! :)

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  68. I would like to try this pasta recipe you just posted. My daughter's friend (college roomie) is moving in with us this fall and she has to eat gluten free so I'm trying to learn to cook recipes that would be good for her. Actually, I just celebrated my 28th wedding anniversary on 7/3 and I've never had a cast iron skillet, so there are endless possibilities for me to "catch up" and cook in a cast iron skillet! Blessings!

    Deb

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  69. The gauntlet has been thrown down... or perhaps, a kitchen mitt. To meet this worthy challenge, I champion my dish: apple sausage with sweet potato cakes!

    The iron skillet inspires visions of open hearths and times long past. Such a time-honored tool deserves a traditional recipe. Before pan-fried chicken, or the familiar bacon-n-eggs breakfast, simple cakes and sausages graced the skillets of our ancestors. In that spirit, I offer this recipe.

    Sweet potatoes make the best cakes, having their own sweetness and being more nutritious than regular potatoes. The sweet potatoes, diced, boiled, and mashed provide the substance of the cake. 1/4 cup of wheat flour and 1/4 cup of flax seed should supplement 2 1/2 cups of sweet potatoes, giving it texture. Add an egg for cohesion, a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor, and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to inspire the taste.

    We next add a little canola oil to our iron skillet, and heat it to medium. Once the oil has been heated, we add our sweet potato mix, in small cakes the size of a biscuit. The handy cover will come in handy here, as the cakes will cook better covered. Once fried on one side, turn it over to let it cook. Once cooked all the way through, place them on paper towels to soak up residual oil.

    While our trusty iron skillet is still hot, add a little butter. Before adding the apple sausage, I would throw into the center some onions, cut in thin cross-section slices. A few drizzles of maple syrup poured over the onions will carmelize them nicely and give the sausage a little sweet exterior. Flip the onions. Once they are thoroughly carmelized, they will make a nice adornment to the sweet potato cakes. After taking the onions out, add a little water to the apple sausage and cover once more. Let cook until brown.

    Once arranged on a plate, you will have a breakfast worthy of American or European ancestors. The onions, apple sausage, and sweet potato cakes each offer a little bit of sweetness without a lot of sugar or salt. Altogether, the meal is simple, but delightful country cookin'. It's also (dare I say it) worthy of the finest iron skillet.

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  70. I think I've got a recipe for apple pie that requires a cast iron skillet! Actually there are a ton of things I would like to try on one and being able to fry outside in this wicked heat sounds much nicer than heating up the house ;)

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  71. Since I am craving squash right now, that's what I would cook. With some onions, butter, salt and pepper! That would be so yummy in a cast iron skillet.

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  72. I have always wanted to make Frittattas in a Cast Iron Skillet

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  73. I would make an apple-bacon german pancake--super yummy and easy!

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  74. I would make skillet scalloped blue potatoes....yumm-O!!!!

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  75. I would make the hot bacon pasta salad. I can say I will use peppered bacon when I make your hot bacon pasta salad. Too many chemicals to color turkey for me and the doctors/dietitians don't under stand healthy eating or how I pass all their test. :-) - Jno

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  76. Always wanted a cast iron skillet but never got one. Was going to try deep frying catfish, but I didn't smell too good when I brought it home from the supermarket. Brought it back and never got it again. Always wanted to try cornbread in one, too.

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  77. I'd make jalapeno cornbread in the cast iron skillet. That bacon pasta would be delicious, too

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  78. I would definitely make my grandma's beloved cornbread recipe!!! I adore real, good ol'e fashioned cornbread but it just isn't the same without a good cast iron skillet!! I've been wanting one for years now and it's just one of those luxuries I haven't been able to justify getting for myself! My husband says if I get one though I will have to make my famous fried cheese ravioli that we love so much. I still vote cornbread! ;0) Maybe some skillet fried potatoes? Hmmmm.... sooo many yummy things come to mind! Oh I know... I still wanna try the bird's nest breakfast... perfect! Cornbread and a bird's nest! That'll be the winner! :) hehe

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  79. First I would try cornbread. My mother always fixed cornbread in hers and it was so good! Next I would fry chicken!

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  80. I would make pancakes, corned beef hash, skillet cakes, and all kinds of chicken! It would be so fun to find new ways to prepare recipes with a cast iron skillet....

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  81. I don't know why, but everything tastes so good and flavorful cooked in a cast iron skillet!! My favorite dish has no name.....we'll call it hamburger surprise, brown hamburger meat and add whatever you can find in your refrigerator and kitchen cabinets!! Umm Good!

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  82. I would make old fashioned corn bread. It tastes so much better in an iron skillet.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  83. Yes, cooking with cast iron is simple and easy. Pretty much everything you can cook with other kinds of chemical cookware you can do with natural cast iron.

    Cast Iron Recipes

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