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Cast Iron Pork Chop with Red-Eye Gravy

Ideabar Austin

Cast Iron Pork Chop with Red-Eye Gravy


Heat up your cast iron skillet for these 10 flavor-packed Southern recipes

No Southern kitchen is complete without a cast iron skillet, along with a big batch of recipes to make in it. Once you make a meal in cast iron, you won’t go back. Properly seasoned, a cast iron skillet can do the work of dozens of pieces of cookware, and it can go from stovetop to oven to tabletop with ease. 

Don't know where to start? Here are our 10 all-time favorite Southern cast iron skillet recipes. 

Cast Iron Pork Chop with Red-Eye Gravy
We up the flavor in this classic red eye gravy by adding some savory country ham, which gives it a nice pop of smoky and sweet notes that pair perfectly with a beautifully seasoned pork chop.  Thanks to the heat retention of cast iron, the pork chops will turn out perfectly seared. We recommend serving this dish with some grits, biscuits, or both! 
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Cast Iron Seared Rib-Eye Steak
Once you try cooking a steak in a cast iron pan, you'll never cook one on the grill again. The deep flavor and caramelization provided by cast iron translates to big flavor in your rib-eyes, filets, T-bones and more. For best results, bring the steak to room temperature until ready to sear to ensure even cooking throughout. 
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Cast Iron Grilled Chicken Thighs with Alabama White BBQ Sauce
Nothing completes a plate of grilled chicken like BBQ sauce — and our Alabama white BBQ sauce is made for it. With a mayonnaise base and just the right amount of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice, this sauce pairs perfectly with any fowl. Have extra sauce? Use it as a dressing for your next coleslaw to give it a cidery kick.
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Pan-Roasted Pork Chops With Lady Peas and Tomatoes
This one-skillet meal is just the thing when you're looking for a comforting and healthy weeknight meal — the whole dish comes together in just 30 minutes. Need a little something extra to go with it? We recommend a side of rice or a fresh salad
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Southern Cast Iron Fried Chicken
As most fried chicken experts will tell you, the key to juicy, crisp, no-fail fried chicken is a cast iron skillet. These heavy-bottomed skillets allow for an even shallow fry, which helps the crust to adhere better to the chicken than a deep fry. (And who doesn't love a well-stuck crust?) We recommend chowing down on your perfectly fried chicken with one of these sides. 
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Smashed Burgers
Everyone is crazy for smashed burgers these days — our lip-smacking, umami-filled version owes its success to a cast iron skillet, which gives the burgers a wonderful caramelized crust. We up the flavor even more with a few easy tricks that you'll have to try to believe. (Hint: They involve mustard and a secret sauce.)
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Cast Iron Grilled Corvina with Green Tomato Salsa Verde
This fresh and light one-skillet meal is served atop a fresh salsa featuring green tomatoes, poblano peppers, and a mix of herbs, which makes for a bright and spicy sauce that pairs perfectly with any mild fish. The recipe calls for corvina, a member of the drum family, but you can substitute any firm-fleshed fish you like. 
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Chadwick Boyd's Cast Iron Skillet Corn
This toasty side dish lets you know when it’s ready to hit the table when it starts to “pop,” much like popcorn, but oh so much more satisfying. Corn not in season? It’s completely fine to use frozen — you can up the flavor by pre-cooking some bacon in the skillet and letting the corn cook in the leftover bacon grease. Just don’t forget to crumble some of that porky goodness on top just before serving! 
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Cast Iron Seared Asparagus with Lemon Tarragon Mayonnaise
This verdant side dish will add a beautiful pop of color to your cast iron skillet meal. We prefer standard or jumbo asparagus for this preparation, as they remain sturdy throughout the cooking process. If you're using large asparagus, we recommend peeling the stalks to remove some of the fibrous outer skin.
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Cast Iron Apple Cobbler
Finish your cast iron dinner with something sweet and comforting. Pre-cooking the apples in a cast iron skillet helps to release some of their moisture and gives the filling a comforting, thick texture that pairs perfectly with a crisp biscuit topping. We recommend tart Granny Smith apples, which cook nicely under high heat and provide a nice contrast to the sugary sweet filling. 
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Photo credit (Cast Iron Apple Cobbler): Ramona King 
Photo credit (Southern Cast Iron Fried Chicken, Smashed Burgers): Ideabar Austin 
Photo credit (Cast Iron Chicken Thighs, Cast Iron Grilled Corvina with Green Tomato Salsa Verde, Cast Iron Asparagus): Lauren Booker 

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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.

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