The arrival of autumn definitely makes us want to swap salads and barbecue food for hearty pies, casseroles and warming soups – and the versatile cookware essential that’ll help you cook it all to perfection? Cast iron. This trusty material has offered a helping hand in the kitchen for centuries, and unsurprisingly, it remains a favourite. It’s non-stick, suitable for the stove top and the oven, incredibly long-lasting and it heats up slowly, retaining temperatures for longer than most cookware metals. With so many unique features, cast iron is great for all kinds of cooking styles, which is why the VonShef cast iron range features everything from skillet pans and griddles to casserole pots and a meat press.
If it’s minimising the washing up you’re after, a cast iron skillet pan makes a very fluffy frittata. Basically a baked omelette, a frittata is a great weekday meal that’ll allow you to clear out all your leftover veggies (not to mention the fact that it’s a really nice word to say – fri-ta-ta). And if that wasn’t enough of a reason to give it a go, it’ll travel really well too, so you can pack it way for work lunches or picnics really easily. First, cook off any vegetable ingredients in your skillet pan (raw vegetables will release too much water and make your frittata soggy.) Then, whip up your eggs in a bowl with a little salt and pepper and add your cooked off ingredients. Pour it all in the skillet pan and bake in the oven until fluffy and golden. So easy, it’ll be your new weekday favourite.
A quality cast iron casserole dish will serve as a staple for all kinds of stews, casseroles and soups, and amongst our collection, you’ll find a selection of colours and sizes to suit every household. Choose from 2.5L or 3.8L pots in grey, red or cream. A favourite for these is a hearty chicken casserole with potatoes, carrots and onions. Try mixing mustard and honey with your stock to give a traditional casserole a little twist.
And we can’t do a cast iron blog without recommending that you try making a gooey cookie mix. The cast iron skillet pan is perfect for this because it’ll keep the mixture warm and gooey while you eat! Preheat your oven to 180°, grease your skillet pan and add in your favourite cookie dough recipe. It’ll take around 20 minutes depending on your mix, but trust us it’s worth the wait. If you try this one, don’t forget to snap a pic before you tuck in and tag @vonshef_uk.