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Nate and I have wanted a cast iron skillet for a really long time but they are not the cheapest things in the world. We figured it would be best to keep our eyes open for a used one and snatch it up once it was found. One day we were wandering a flea market and a great cast iron skillet caught Nate’s eye. I didn’t know what on earth he saw in the thing since it was rusty and gross but he swore up and down that it was perfect and, since it was uber cheap, I decided that it wouldn’t hurt anything for us to purchase it… Even if it was only to prove Nate wrong. 😉
As happens more often than I would like, Nate was totally right and tons of scrubbing, multiple times through the oven on self-cleaning mode, and tons of MORE scrubbing (all on his part…) we had a perfect cast iron skillet ready to cook some amazing dinners, desserts, and whatever we set our hearts on.
After I apologized for doubting him, I sucked up my pride and started experimenting with tasty recipes!
My absolute favorite recipes are ones that only use one dish to cook in. Ain’t nobody got time to wash dishes all day! Since I try my hardest to include healthy meats and veggies in as many meals as I can, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with an amazing pork chop and asparagus roast. My boys were total fans and I’m sure you will be too!
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
3-4 Pork Chops
1 Tbsp Rosemary
1 Tsp Red Pepper
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Pepper
1 Bundle Asparagus
1 Lemon Cut into Slices
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. On the stove top, heat oil in cast iron skillet until oil simmers.
3.. Add pork chops in a single layer in the skillet. Allow to sear for 2 minutes. While cooking, sprinkle half the rosemary, red pepper, salt, and pepper on the exposed side of the pork chops.
4. Flip pork chops and sear an additional 2 minutes. While cooking, sprinkle remaining half of the rosemary, red pepper, salt, and pepper on the exposed side of the pork chops.
5. Top pork chops with evenly spread out asparagus and top asparagus with lemon slices.
6. Transfer the skillet to the oven and allow to bake for 15-20 minutes.
7. Remove skillet from oven, let cool, and enjoy!
Back to the skillet story… Remember how we purchased the skillet all rusty and gross? Well, it would be so easy for it to become rusty and gross again if we didn’t wash it properly. For a while I was terrified of washing the thing because I didn’t want to ruin it. Nate finally showed me how easy it was to properly clean a cast iron skillet and, because it’s such important information if you’re going to be making dishes like this, I’m passing the info onto you! You’re welcome! 😉
First off, you need the right tools – a good sponge, paper towels, and olive oil! Yes, that’s all you need!
The sponges I like using are the Scotch-Brite™ Brand. I’ve been a fan of these sponges for years, especially since, as they say, the have the right tools for every surface… Even cast iron skillets! I recently purchased both the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge (the green one!) and the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge (the blue one!) plus I threw in the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand just for fun! Each sponge has its own purpose and that makes me happy!
Need to figure out which sponge is right for your job? Some ideas for the Non-Scratch sponge (and dishwand) are Non-Stick Cookware, Counter Tops, Cook Tops, Tubs, Shower Tile, Windows, Dishes (plus it’s the one I like to use for my cast-iron skillet). This sponge safely cleans non-skick cookware without leaving a scratch! On the other hand, the Heavy Duty sponge is great for Pots, Pans, Oven Racks, Grill Racks, Tools, Tires, Sinks and so much more! This one cleans up tough messes 50% faster and removes tough, baked-on messes!!!
Both products are total wins in my book! Save now on Scotch-Brite® Scrub Sponges at Target with this Cartwheel offer!
Cleaning a cast iron skillet amazingly only requires four simple steps…
1. Scrub, scrub, scrub! DO NOT USE SOAP to scrub the skillet!!!! Take your sponge and make sure all the food particles are gone from the skillet. Don’t worry about the grease since you want grease on the skillet to keep it working the way it should!
2. Take a paper towel (or a few) and wipe your skillet down all over until every inch of it is dry.
3. Put about a teaspoon of olive oil into the skillet.
4. Using a new paper towel, spread olive oil all over the skillet. Make sure to get the handle and bottom of the skillet as well as the pan portion!
And that’s it… Keeping your cast-iron skillet clean couldn’t be simpler!
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Do you have a great skillet recipe I should try?