4 Lodge Cast Iron Skillet Recipes for Winter

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Whether you’re the proud owner of a skillet passed down from your great-grandmother, or a kitchen novice who just received one as a wedding present, there’s no reason to be afraid of cast iron. Especially if you’re from Tennessee, the home of Lodge Cast Iron.

Based in South Pittsburg, just outside of Chattanooga, Lodge knows that cast iron cooking is on the rise. “The popularity of cast iron – both seasoned and enamel coated – has grown tremendously since we began foundry seasoning our cast iron cookware in 2002,” says Mark Kelly, public relations manager for Lodge. Back then, cast iron represented 4 percent of the domestic cookware market. Sixteen years later, it accounts for more than 15 percent.

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That’s one reason Lodge expanded the production line at its 118-year-old foundry in 2015 and opened a new foundry in November 2017. “In the past three years, we have increased production capacity by 125 percent,” Kelly says, crediting the Food Network and PBS, along with Gordon Ramsay’s shows and local cooking segments showcasing cast iron cooking.

The versatility of recipes from sweet to savory and the ability to transfer a skillet from stovetop to oven are just two benefits of cast iron, which Kelly says has become a growing trend across all age demographics in the U.S.

The foundry seasoning also plays a large part in the popularity, as well as the reason the average cook shouldn’t be scared of cast iron. While previous generations had to season skillets themselves to keep food from sticking, Lodge now bakes oil directly onto the iron to prevent rust and provide a natural finish that improves with use.

According to Lodge, “seasoning” can refer to both the initial finish of the cookware as well as the ongoing process of maintaining the finish.

“We started foundry seasoning in 2002 with 25 of our items,” Kelly says. “Within a year, we shifted to 75 of our items. On July 1, 2007, we began seasoning all of our cookware.”

To season its skillets, Lodge uses a highly refined soybean oil with no synthetic chemicals, animal fat, peanut oil or paints, and eliminates all proteins that cause soy-related allergies.

That’s a long way from the oil- or even pork-fat-seasoned pans of previous generations, but it doesn’t mean a brand-new Lodge skillet won’t stick around for a lifetime.

“If taken care of properly, they last a minimum of 100 years,” Kelly says. “I have my grandmother’s skillet and Dutch oven that were wedding presents 100 years ago. If you visit historic museums like Mount Vernon, Monticello and others, there are items from our colonial era. Much older in European museums.”

And in that time, you can certainly do a lot of cast iron cooking. We offer a few recipes for inspiration this holiday season, and you can find even more at tnhomeandfarm.com/castiron.

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139 Comments

  1. Yvonne Wade

    November 24, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    When will the entries be entered? I love your articles!

    • Rachel Bertone

      November 25, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Hi Yvonne,

      The contest is now live and you’re comment counts as an entry. Thanks for reading!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

      • Debbie Bailey

        December 1, 2018 at 7:17 pm

        Rachel I Love this magazine and the recipes listed also I would love to win a new lodge pan! I am a new cast iron cooker even though that’s the only thing my grandmother used to cook in. I have found that I love to cook in them also! Please enter my name in the drawing!

      • David Crockett

        December 6, 2018 at 8:20 pm

        Thanks for letting me enter.

  2. william Helton

    November 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    I WAS HOPING TO BE A WINNER

  3. Patricia Patricia Davis

    November 24, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Love your recipes

  4. J. Dishroon

    November 24, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I just got my magazine today, and now the TN skillet already completed or not started?

    • Rachel Bertone

      November 25, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Hi J.,

      The contest is now live. Good luck! Thanks for reading!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

      • Debby Rook

        November 26, 2018 at 4:30 pm

        Love the recipes!!

  5. I .Miller

    November 24, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    When will contest start? Really want the wedge pan

    • Rachel Bertone

      November 25, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Hi!
      So sorry about that. The contest should now be live. Thanks!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

  6. James

    November 24, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    The Lodge skillets have always been #1. Best ever!!!

  7. Tina

    November 24, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Ready to enter. Love,love Lodge skillets!!!!

  8. Jane Ann Lane

    November 24, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I have several Lodge skillets. I would love to have the Tennessee Wedge Pan!

  9. Drushey Boyd

    November 25, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I’ve got several skillets that was hand down in generations,but I don’t have a divided corn bread skillet and love to have one.love my Tennessee home and farm…

  10. Tina

    November 25, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Would love to win smidge skillet.

  11. Lisa Baxley

    November 25, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    My momma always used her iron skillet for cornbread! She taught me to do the same. I can’t imagine NOT having my skillets! I have a divided skillet I use for cornbread when I want it a little more crunchy on the sides.

  12. Patricia clay

    November 25, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I grew up with my Mom using iron skillets and would love a chance at winning the wedge skillet

  13. Marcy

    November 25, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I love my Lodge Dutch oven and would love to win a Lodge skillet.

  14. Margaret Hammond

    November 25, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    I would love to win this. I haven’t anything in a long, long time.

  15. teresa barnes

    November 25, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I love my iron skillets, and would love to have a wedge pan!

  16. Susan

    November 25, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    As a VFL, what better addition to my kitchen than a UT cast iron skillet. Love it!!

  17. Ray Morris

    November 25, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I know my wife would love one of these. She has a couple that she used all the time. It is a great product. Just in their store last month and was really impressed with everything they had

  18. Ruth Turner

    November 26, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I love to cook in iron would love to have this one.

  19. Pamela Thomas

    November 26, 2018 at 4:25 am

    I have used Lodge cast iron skillets for years. I would love some more!

  20. Genie

    November 26, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Is the skillet contest over already? Just found my magazine in my husbands desk🙁

    • Rachel Bertone

      November 27, 2018 at 8:26 am

      Hi Genie,
      Nope! The contest runs until Dec. 15, and this comment counts as an entry. Good luck!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

  21. Willa Ballard

    November 26, 2018 at 10:24 am

    We love cooking with cast iron for many foods some of which are cornbread, spaghetti, cobblers, baking potatoes or most anything,soups and even making puddings, to name some.

  22. Bobby l atkins

    November 26, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Enter me in contest please

  23. bobby atkins

    November 26, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Love castirin cornbread. Have my mother’s skillet that went thru my sister and now to me.

  24. judy moore

    November 26, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Never owned a wedge pan, though I have
    several sizes of old cast iron skillets. Would love to try a Lodge skillet!!

  25. Wanda Jolley

    November 26, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Love this magazine always look forward to the recipes.

  26. Melinda Cull

    November 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Love Lodge…. Want to win that wedge pan !!!!

  27. Pam

    November 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I want to win!!

  28. Franell McCoy

    November 26, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Cast iron is the only way to cook.

  29. Thomas

    November 26, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Cook with CI every single day….nothing and I mean nothing cooks like CI

  30. Ed

    November 26, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Hope I win this for my wife who loves to bake

  31. Deloris Raby Smith

    November 26, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Reading Home and Farm,always like Mr.Read’s stories,but had to pass it up,as of now,to check out all the recipes.
    Thanks for the chance of winning a piece of Lodge!

  32. Carol Massey

    November 26, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Lodge cast iron is the best cookware ever i hope i win this prize.

  33. Pauline Bailey

    November 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I love my cast iron skillets and I can’t wait to try these recipes

  34. Pauline Bailey

    November 26, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I love my cast iron skillets! Can’t hardly wait to try the new recipes in my home and farm magazine.

  35. Mary Battles

    November 26, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    I love cast iron skillts

  36. J Wood

    November 26, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    I would love to give this as a Christmas present to my newly wed nephew he graduated from UT.

  37. Kim Howard

    November 26, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I would love to,win this wonderful skillet. I us one every day from making cornbread or making biscuits.

  38. Kathey Hale

    November 26, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Love the articles in the “ Tennessee Home and Farm”. This Winter edition is great. Love the sections “Made in Tennessee”. Proud this is my home state. Keep those recipes coming!!!

  39. Steve Cates

    November 26, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I am trying to enter your contest!

    • Rachel Bertone

      November 27, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Hi Steve,

      You are entered! The comment counts as an entry. Good luck!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

  40. Joyce E Wheaton

    November 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I would love to win a piece of lodge wear. I love using my cast iron!!

  41. Gerald Teague

    November 27, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Love to win

  42. Eddie Murphy

    November 27, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Cornbread in oil preheated cast

  43. Nancy Baker

    November 27, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Sure do need a pan. Love to have some good old homemade cornbread!!!!

  44. Lois Meade

    November 27, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Sure would like to win. Love cast iron I need another one.

  45. Holly

    November 27, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Love the skillets my favorite!

  46. Dana

    November 27, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    And for those of us who choose not to have a Twitter account?

    • Rachel Bertone

      November 28, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Hi Dana,

      Your comment on this article counts as an entry! We try to make it accessible for everyone. Good luck and thanks for reading!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

  47. Barb Gray

    November 27, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Cast iron is the best!

  48. Janet Meadows

    November 27, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    nothing beats cornbread cooked in an iron skillet, but having a big “T” on the bottom is sure to make it even better!!

  49. gloria eversole-tartaglia

    November 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Love your magazine. gloria

  50. Gary Powell

    November 27, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Want to win.

  51. DONALD PICKARD

    November 27, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Casket iron take the test of time.

  52. Carolyn Miller

    November 27, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Love my cast iron skillets, use for cornbread,and many other recipes.

  53. Tammy Darnell

    November 27, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    love iron skillets my mamaw used them and taught me how to plus I learn more every day don’t have many but make cornbread and fried chicken cakes

  54. Carol Cripe

    November 27, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Would like to try cast iron. On our cookout.Been using foil and old cookie sheets.

  55. Carolyn Akers

    November 27, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    I love my cast iron. I can always use another one.

  56. Donna Long

    November 27, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    What a great cooking tool, cornbread with crust all around. Would love to win.

  57. Eddie Murphy

    November 28, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Anything cooked in cast.

  58. Sandra

    November 28, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Love Lodge

  59. Nancy Hughes Gaddy

    November 28, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Lodge Cast Iron has been part of our families poking legacy for over 60 years! Love it, but don’t have the cornbread pan and would be so excited to add it to my collection, which one day will be passed down to the next generation.

  60. Hope Hill

    November 28, 2018 at 10:37 am

    I love to make a lot of things in my cast iron such as cornbread, pizza, pies/cobblers and one skillet meals. Would love to win a new one!

  61. Sue Bonee

    November 28, 2018 at 11:18 am

    I love these Cast Irn pieces. I have my own set plus my mother’s pieces. Never can have too many.

  62. Kristi M.

    November 28, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I actually just gave the kids my Christmas wish list and a Lodge skillet is on it. I would love to have one to “season with love” and pass on to my kids one day.

  63. Myhaliah Ellyse Watson

    November 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    I love this!!!! I hope I WIN 🙂

  64. Mychele Russell

    November 28, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Used Lodge for years fantastic contest.

  65. Karen M.

    November 28, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Lodge cast iron is tried and true. Although I use my skillet for many things, cornbread MUST be made in it.

  66. Peggy Fulton

    November 28, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Look forward to receiving every issue of this magazine. Always enjoy trying the recipes.

  67. Linda Maxwell

    November 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Love cast-iron cooking! Does it always taste better in Cast-Iron? Yes For Sure!

  68. Angela wentworth

    November 28, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    I love Lodge skillets!!

  69. BOB

    November 28, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I love UT and Lodge Cast Iron Skillets!

  70. BOB

    November 28, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I love UT and Lodge Cast Iron Skillets!

  71. Angela Akin

    November 28, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I have my mother’s cornbread skillet. She is gone now but I have the memories of her wonderful cornbread. Always good. I make good cornbread but mama’s is always better.

  72. April Brown

    November 28, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I love the smore’s dip. But I can’t make cornbread withouyt my iron skillet!

  73. Robert Cruise

    November 28, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Love cooking in a Cast Iron Skillet
    Have my mom’s & my grandmothers

  74. Rita Wilhelm

    November 28, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    I’m always looking for another recipe to cook in my Lodge cookware! Love that crispy cornbread!!!

  75. Lynne Staff

    November 28, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    I tried to sign up for the giveaway. However because Facebook is being a snot it won’t let me update my email address and even if picked I’d not be reachable. I don’t want this for myself. I want this for a friend who ABSOLUTELY LOVES cast iron everything.

    • Rachel Bertone

      November 29, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Hi Lynne,

      Sorry you’re having trouble! Your comment actually counts as an entry, so you should be good to go. Good luck!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

  76. Eddie Murphy

    November 29, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Good defensive weapon in a crunch

  77. Elizabeth Morgan

    November 29, 2018 at 9:33 am

    New to the website and would like to enter some giveaways. Am logged in but how in the heck to you actually ENTER?????

    • Rachel Bertone

      November 30, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Your comment actually counts as an entry. Good luck!

      Rachel Bertone
      editor, TN Home and Farm

  78. Joe Birdsong

    November 29, 2018 at 11:02 am

    I would love to win this skillet pack. I have several skillets and love to cook in them.

  79. Judy Bain

    November 29, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Love to use cast iron. Somethings just taste better.

  80. Larry Stanley

    November 29, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    I have an old skillet that belonged to my grandmother. She always used it to make cornbread and now we do the same. Still making great cornbread after all these years!

  81. Sandye Helms

    November 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    As a loyal Vols fan and graduate,I would love to win this pan! Lodge and TN make a great pair!

  82. Delorise Poston

    November 29, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    I have several old iron skillets which have come through my mothers family.Nothing cooks as well.WE ALWAYS take them with us when we go camping.looking for an old pot to hang on camp fire

  83. kathy cottrell

    November 29, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    My mom used to bake crumbled ground beef on a flat cast iron,she called baker,i loved it ,now i bake GB so many memories,would love to win

  84. Rick Williams

    November 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    My wife has a dedicated Lodge used just for cornbread.

  85. Delorise Poston

    November 29, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    nothing cooks like cast iron .have used it for years

  86. Linda browning

    November 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I would love to have this I cook on cast iron to add to my conn.

  87. Carol

    November 29, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Absolutely love Lodge cast iron items. The plant tour this year was fascinating!!! Who knew people all over the world love their products.
    Best cooking you can get, no matter what you make.
    Love it for cornbread, and it makes a yummy pineapple upside down cake!
    Thanks for the chance to win one.

  88. Sandra Newsom

    November 30, 2018 at 10:07 am

    love lodge cast iron

  89. Debbie Bates

    November 30, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I love your magazine Great articles and recipes.

  90. Marie Elaine Wilson

    November 30, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    love cast iron

  91. Carol

    November 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Recently moved to tn and love the TN pan!

  92. Laurel

    November 30, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Cast iron is versatile.

  93. kathy cottrell

    November 30, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Love the wedge pan,would love to win

  94. Connie wright

    November 30, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Love these skillets and have actually toured the plant during the cornbread festival couldn’t make a meal without my cornbread skillet taste just like my moms though she has passed I have her skillet and think of her every time

  95. Connie wright

    November 30, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    I love using my cast cornbread skillet have actually toured the lodge plant during the cornbread festival the skillet I use was my moms and she has passed every time I make cornbread I think of her sure would like to win this skillet

  96. Rita Wilhelm

    December 1, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Tennessee Home &Farm has opened my world to this wonderful state! I’m a transplant from Mississippi and I love this place! I feel like I’ve finally found a home!!

  97. Laverne Patterson

    December 1, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Love your magazine… recipes… and my iron skillet.

  98. Nancy Grier

    December 1, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I love my cast iron skillet.

  99. Amy Ayers

    December 1, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I love learning about how things are made. Such a good magazine!

  100. Linda Balthrop

    December 1, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I love using my Lodge skillet for making my blackberry cobbler! Yum yum!

  101. Kathleen Thompson

    December 1, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Look forward to the magazine each time.

  102. Karen Taylor

    December 2, 2018 at 6:14 am

    I like to make chili on the wood stove, using a Lodge Dutch oven that was a wedding gift almost 40 years ago.

  103. Mark Taylor

    December 2, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I use my Lodge Sportsman’s Grill year-round for all kinds of meats.

  104. Tracey Pullum

    December 2, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Our favorite thing to make in a skillet is cornbread, though we have made a really good peach cobbler in one.

  105. Sabrina

    December 2, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Love my lodge skillet and this UT one would be a nice add to my small collection.

  106. Harold Ishman

    December 2, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    cast iron cooking is the best

  107. Danni

    December 3, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread is my favorite thing to make in my cast iron!

  108. Kylene Hansard

    December 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Like to try Tennessee product

  109. S. Ferrell

    December 4, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I like to cook steaks in Lodge cast iron. Makes a great crust!

  110. Jane

    December 4, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Love Tennessee products!

  111. Joyce

    December 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Love all cast iron products.I have a few pieces handed down from my precious mother-in-law who is deceased.I would love to have more pieces.

  112. Sharon Butcher

    December 5, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Take in Lodge’s factory tour….amazing!

  113. Myra J Charleston

    December 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I have cast iron that belonged to my Grandmother and some from my mother. I use it daily, and not just for cornbread. There is nothing like cooking with a well seasoned cast iron pan. 🙂

  114. Alieshia Monday

    December 6, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    There is no other way to make Tennessee cornbread, that’s for sure!

  115. Christina

    December 6, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Love to make savory coffee bbq rubbed pork loin in my iron skillet. Nothing compares!

  116. Perrin

    December 7, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Love your magazine and would love to win the Lodge UT skillet! Our youngest of five graduates from UT on Dec. 14!

  117. Nan

    December 8, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Wow! That Lodge Skillet would be great to have and use.

  118. katherine ellis

    December 8, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    There’s nothing better than a steak done in a cast iron skillet. The texture and flavor is incredible.

  119. Rhonda Smith

    December 9, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Crossing my fingers!Love me some LODGE!

  120. Belinda Richardson

    December 9, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Your magazine is one of the highlights of my day when I find my copy in the daily mail.

  121. CHARLES BRADFORD

    December 10, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Enjoyed this months magazine the recipes sound really delicious

  122. Rhonda Smith

    December 10, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Lodge cast iron skillets are awesome, my mom made the best milk gravy!

  123. Eddie Murphy

    December 10, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Fried chicken or anything else

  124. Rhonda Smith

    December 11, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Pork Chops smothered in mushroom gravy, the even temps of cast iron is unmatched.

  125. Marolyn Graves

    December 12, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Lodge cast iron skillets are great.

  126. Amy

    December 13, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I love to make Shepherd’s Pie in cast iron.

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