If busy weeknights are the norm in your house, then multi-step, elaborate dinners are a waste of time. All too often, the cleanup after such a dinner turns into a herculean task. We’ve come up with some delicious dinners that only require one skillet, which means less time cooking and cleaning, and more time enjoying your evening.
Skillets are an under-utilized kitchen tool that can be used for lots more than frying and searing. Try making cornbread in a skillet, or serve skillet-cooked vegetables straight from the pan for a rustic look.
Some single-skillet recipes require that the pan go directly from the stove top to the oven. Make sure you use a pan that can withstand high temperatures: cast iron works well. Cast-iron skillets are kitchen staples, but require a bit of extra love if you want to keep cooking with them for years. Disregard the popular myth that you can’t clean cast-iron skillets with soap and water and follow these simple steps: clean still-warm pans with water, soap, and a sponge (not steel wool). If some food is still stuck to the bottom of the pan, rub with a paste made of kosher salt and water. Towel-dry the skillet to keep rust from forming. Re-season the skillet by wiping it down with a thin coat of oil (traditionalists often use bacon grease), and use a paper towel to dry it off before storing in a dry place.
With a seasoned skillet, you can do just about anything. Save time before and after dinner, and use these great recipes to make a tasty one-skillet dinner.
Cast-Iron Skillet Roasted Game Hen
Game hen, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes all get cooked in the same pan. You can use a chicken instead of the two game hens; just be sure to flatten it out before cooking to ensure even cooking times. Click here to see the recipe.
Chicken with White Bean and Vegetable Simmer
Sear the chicken in the same skillet you’ll be making this quick-cooking stew for extra flavor. If the browned bits at the bottom of the pan burn, simple wipe out the bottom of the pan before adding the vegetables. Click here to see the recipe.