- By Food52
Though they have a reputation for being tough to care for, cast iron skillets are a dream to cook with. They'll garner the same sort of lifelong loyalty as those candy-colored stand mixers, only perhaps more fervent, precisely because it is so humble. It fries like no other; it gives meats a killer crust and does double duty in the oven; heck, you can even bring it with you to cook in the great outdoors. Here are 17 recipes that pay homage your do-anything skillet.