Discover a new world of cast-iron cooking. From Dan Shumski, who last applied his out-of-the-box food-loving sensibility to Will It Waffle?, here are 53 surprising, delicious, and ingenious recipes for the cast-iron skillet.
Savor the simplicity of Toast with Olive Oil and Tomato, because you just can’t achieve that perfect oil-toasted crust in a toaster. For Homemade Corn Tortillas, no special equipment required—use the pan to flatten and cook them. (Then serve your tortillas with Single-Skillet Carnitas or Charred Tomato Salsa—or make Chilaquiles.) Take popcorn to another level with clarified butter. Enjoy a Spinach and Feta Dip that stays warm from the residual heat of the pan. Plus pastas that come together in one skillet—no separate boiling required; perfectly charred roasted vegetables; beautiful breads and pizzas; and luscious desserts from a giant chocolate chip cookie to the sophisticated Layered Crepe Torte with Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Jam.
Includes detailed information on buying, seasoning, and caring for your cast-iron skillet—and turning it into a nonstick kitchen workhorse.
Shumski s follow-up to 2014 s Will It Waffle replicates its one-tool approach, right down to the recipe count. Though home cooks are likely already using their skillets to prepare dishes such as seared steaks and grilled cheese sandwiches, Shumski offers novel takes for unexpected fare such as parmesan tuiles; a spinach and feta dip; ricotta, spinach, and mushroom lasagna; and even chicken pot pie. He shows readers how to get the most out of their skillets, with instructions on basic care, seasoning, and cleaning, and illustrates how skillets can amplify the flavors of spices by toasting them. Though some dishes seem to be included solely to boost recipe count such as waffle bread pudding, which employs frozen waffles as its centerpiece the majority of the fare here is practical and doable for even the most inexperienced, and the book would make a fine accompaniment to a gift of a skillet for a novice cook.