It all started in South Pittsburgh, TN in 1896 when Joseph Lodge started the Blacklock Foundry, a company that manufactured cast iron products, including cookware. The foundry was very successful until things took a devastating turn in May 1910 and the foundry burned down. BUT when most would have seen a door close in their face, Joseph Lodge saw it as an opportunity for a new door to be opened, and three months after the fire Lodge Cast Iron was born.
After persevering through the Great Depression in the 1930s, meeting the growing business demands in the 1950s, and another round of rough economic times in the 1970s, Lodge Cast Iron became a household name for American-made cast iron cookware. Since then, Lodge continues to pioneer innovative industry standards; seasoned cast iron cookware, porcelain-enameled cookware, and seasoned carbon steel cookware just to name a few.
Over 120 years later and Lodge is still at the forefront of the cast iron industry. And being at the forefront of the industry also means they know a thing or two about what to cook and how to cook with cast iron. Their website features A LOT of yummy recipes, so I thought I’d grab a few of their top-rated ones to share with you. Whether you’re a beginner with cast iron, or you’re quite the professional, there’s a recipe for you.
Top-Rated Recipes from Lodge
Graduated Grill Cheese
Let’s start out with a classic: Grilled Cheese. A favorite among…umm EVERYONE, this beginner recipe adds a bit of a twist with onions, tomatoes, and mushrooms, making it better than you thought possible.
Kenny’s Country Gravy
A southern cooking must, Kenny’s Country Gravy is the perfect addition to your biscuit breakfast. Created by Chef Kenny Burnap of Kenny’s in Chattanooga, this spicy, hearty gravy is a recipe you’ll keep coming back to time and again.
Bacon and Pimento Cheese Pizza
When you want to get a little fancy with your meal, the Bacon and Pimento Cheese Pizza is an incredible option. Think “cheese pizza with a southern twist”. Topped with pimento cheese and crumbled bacon, this pizza is not only satisfying to eat, but to also pull apart.
Skillet S’mores Dip
Absolutely sure to be a crowd-pleaser and you don’t even need a fire to make it. That’s right, I’m talking about s’mores. This twist turns a messy favorite into a yummy dip complete with melted chocolate and toasted marshmallows.
Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
Many restaurants offer this outrageously delicious dessert: a hot cookie in a skillet with ice cream on top. It melts in your mouth and hits the spot every single time. Well…now you can make it at home! It’s a restaurant-level dessert right in your kitchen.
We hope you enjoy your new Lodge Cast Iron and can’t wait to see all the delicious things you make with it!
For more recipes from Lodge Cast Iron click here.
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