Go “old-school” and use a cast iron skillet to cook on your outdoor fire this summer! There are a few basics to know for better cast iron skillet cooking and they are cleaning and seasoning.
Seasoning your cast iron skillet forms its nonstick surface. Coat the skillet with cooking oil and bake it in a 350 degree oven for an hour. After removing the skillet, dry it with paper towels. Season your cast iron skillet as often as you’d like to reinforce its nonstick surface.
To keep your skillet performing for years you’ll need to employ the proper cleaning techniques. Immediately after cooking you should rinse your skillet with hot water. To remove stuck-on food, grease, etc., use a non-abrasive treatment like course salt and a non-metal brush. Sparingly use a few drops of mild dishwashing soap. Before storing, dry thoroughly with paper towels, apply a light coating of cooking oil, and cover with a paper towel to protect from dust.
With all this work to maintain a cast iron skillet you may wonder why we suggest using one. Cast iron skillets, although they take longer to heat up, retain heat very well and disperse it very evenly, which is ideal in an uneven cooking surface like live fires. Food’s iron content is increased when cooking with a cast iron skillet.
Next time you’re cooking outdoors, stretch your capabilities by bringing along a cast iron skillet and the ingredients needed for this easy recipe!
Campfire Breakfast Potatoes:
- 5 lbs (about 6) russet potatoes, cubed
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, sliced
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Coat the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of olive oil, about 2 tablespoons, and place the pan over the coals of your campfire, on a grate.
- Add the onion and cook until just tender, about 2 minutes.
- Add the potatoes, peppers, and another 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir to coat.
- Stir occasionally for about 10 minutes, until potatoes start to brown.
- Add a few tablespoons of water, and cover with foil to steam for about 5 minutes.
- Add seasonings, continue to stir occasionally until fully browned, crispy, and tender in the middle.
- Serve alongside your favorite other breakfast items.