Plus, three delicious ways to use it.

By Lauren Wicks
March 28, 2019
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We’re all ears whenever Ree Drummond shares cooking tips and tricks, and she recently revealed her favorite kitchen item. Drummond admitted she is pretty obsessed with cast-iron skillets—so much so that she actually collects them!

“One thing I’ve learned through the years is, when you’re cooking you really don’t need a whole bunch of fancy stuff—case in point, iron skillets,” Drummond Food Network. “These things are the best.”

Drummond said she loves cast-iron skillets for being virtually indestructible and extremely versatile. She loves to use them for frying, sauteéing, cooking, and baking. They are even her go-to wedding gift!

Lodge 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet, $25 at amazon.com

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We are also huge fans of cooking with these kitchen workhorses and have some tips and tricks of our own—including foods that should always be cooked in iron skillets, how to keep your cast-iron skillet clean, and some surprising uses for your skillet. We also have a host of cast-iron skillet recipes on our site, and thought we’d share a few of our favorites with you.

One-Pan Crispy Chicken Thighs With Potatoes and Chard

This fan-favorite meal is delicious, ready in 30 minutes, and is good for you, too. It also makes for an easy cleanup, thanks to everything being cooked in the skillet from start to finish.

View Recipe: One-Pan Crispy Chicken Thighs With Potatoes and Chard

Healthy Greek Eggplant Skillet Dinner

This vegetarian dish will certainly wow both herbivores and omnivores, thanks to perfectly browned eggplant, rich tomato sauce, and creamy feta cheese. This meal also packs one-third of your daily fiber needs!

View Recipe: Healthy Greek Eggplant Skillet Dinner

Oatmeal-Raisin Skillet Cookie With Miso-Caramel Sauce

This mouthwatering dessert is best cooked in a skillet—making it golden-brown and crispy on the outside, while staying nice and gooey in the middle. Plus, this caramel sauce is insanely good, thanks to the complexity of the browned butter and tangy miso.

View Recipe: Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Skillet With Miso-Caramel Sauce

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