Keep It Simple

For Christmas 2011, one of the gifts that Scott gave me was a large cast iron skillet. I’ve talked about my love for cast iron before and I was not so subtly hinting that I would really enjoy a larger skillet.

I have a 9in cast iron skillet which is perfect for some things but not perfect for everything.  A larger one would allow me a little more variety of uses.

Oh Christmas my wish came true and I was gifted with a 12 inch cast iron skillet.  I even got a little handle holder and trivet for it as well!

Every year for Christmas Dinner, Scott and I enjoy a standing rib roast.  It’s our once a year splurge and so worth every penny!

This year, I put my brand new cast iron skillet to work right away by using it for Christmas Dinner.  It worked out perfectly!

It wasn’t long before I used it again to roast some veggies.  Scott was having leftovers and I was in the mood for some veggie action.  I chopped up some:

  • Red Onion
  • Green Pepper
  • Blue Potatos
  • Yellow Squash
  • Carrots
  • Sundried Tomatoes, reconstituted in hot water water

Tossed that with olive oil and seasoned with:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes

Roasted at 400 for about half an hour, until the potatoes were tender.  Once the veggies were done, I pulled the pan out of the oven and splashed on a bit of red wine for “sauce”.

Placed the veggies on some cooked barley, topped with shredded parm and dinner was served!

Very easy to put together and super filling!

Dinner and meals don’t always have to be a complicated affair.  A few simple ingredients can go a long way to creating something filling and comforting. Keep it simple!

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