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Tis the season of one-pot meals—slow-cooker, one sheet, one-pan… the possibilities are literally endless. Whether you’re whipping up a pie or a pot of pasta for an easy weeknight meal, the sheer idea of utilizing no more than a single pan for making dinner is something we can really get behind. Here, we rounded up the best recipes utilizing one of our culinary staples: the cast iron skillet. Take a peek at the dishes we’ll be making this month. 

skillet shepherd’s pie

Can you imagine a more mouthwatering and hearty dish? Decadent layers of beef, veggies, and a creamy mashed potato topping earmark this pie as a cold-weather essential. 

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butternut squash beefy pot pie

We can’t decide what we’re craving more – the flakey crust, rich beef stew, or the absolutely adorable mini cocottes. 

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sweet potato casserole with a pecan crumble

In a bind for a last-minute sweet this holiday season? Try this ultra quick and easy take on a classic sweet potato casserole. 

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shakshuka

The ever-so picture-perfect Shakshuka is a combo of eggs, tomatoes, and onions, layered with a medley of dry spices and fresh herbs. Serve with a goat cheese or feta crumble and a side of toasted bread.

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sweet potato casserole with marshmallow thyme

This maple-brown butter drenched sweet potato blend with homemade thyme infused, marshmallows just became our go-to favorite. Consider this the spotlight of your holiday table.

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hot gruyere and white wine chicken dip

Spice things up at your next game night with this deliciously decadent dip, layered with garlic, thyme, and hints of white wine. 

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bacon and egg yakiudon

Sunday brunch with an Eastern twist. With udon noodles and crispy fried bacon, this mouthwatering blend is a must-try.

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potato masala and eggs

Try this inspired blend of exotic flavors – coconut milk and masala paste – to transform your typical plate of skillet-fried eggs.

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stuffing rolls

Update your Thanksgiving table with this ultra clever twist on rolls and stuffing. With plenty of herbs and fresh veggies, these stuffing rolls may become your new favorite.

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broccoli, chicken sausage, and orzo skillet

This easy, weeknight meal features a garlic-sauteed blend of sausage and broccoli, plus a warm chicken broth base loaded with flavor and heartiness. 

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perfect porterhouse steak

Steak in a skillet? We’re intrigued. Seasoned liberally and flawlessly seared, this juicy take is pure perfection.

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baked mac and cheese

This two-cheese, mustard and nutmeg-spiced take on a classic features an utterly delectable, crispy crust top.

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mini bourbon caramelized peach baked alaska

There is really nothing quite like a decadent peach crumble Baked Alaska, served with a heaping side of butter pecan ice cream.

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skillet brownies

Bake these crisp and gooey skillet brownies in mini cast iron skillets for a personalized treat!

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grilled onions with walnut romesco

This surprisingly delicious combo of lightly charred onions topped with a nutty tomato sauce makes for the perfect dinner side.

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montanara pizza

More commonly known as fried pizza, this classic Italian dish features a fried crust, marinara sauce, and a deliciously baked cheesy topping. 

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chicken pot pie with butternut squash

A seasonal twist on a classic comfort dish, with no shortage of bold flavors and fresh herbs.

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roasted chicken legs with barbecue sauce

Skip the typical grill setup in lieu of this oven-roasted variety. A jalapeno, ginger, and rum sauce only elevates this bbq classic. 

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peach and plum crumble

An absolutely heavenly mix of baked fruit with thick layers of crunch, topped with a scoop (or two!) of vanilla ice cream. 

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skillet chicken tortilla pie

Homemade tomato sauce, southwestern seasoning, and loads of melted mozzarella. This hearty dish is simply a must-try.

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spinach and sun dried tomato frittata

Fresh veggies lend a refreshing note to these ultra mini frittatas. 

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apple pancake

Rethink this breakfast staple with a dash of cinnamon and baked apples. 

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skillet lasagna

The benefit of cooking lasagna in a skillet? An easy, one-pot meal with a crisp and cheesy crust that is pure perfection. 

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ricotta berry french toast casserole

Casseroles may not have the best rep but, throw French toast into the mix and you’ve got something pretty special. This mixed-berry take is a sweet indulgence we can’t get enough of. 

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cinnamon sugar swirl loaf

Think of this as an upgraded version of the classic cinnamon roll with the addition of a warm brown sugar and cinnamon filling

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pan-seared sausage with lady apples

A mouthwatering combo featuring a bold, white wine sauce coupled with the refreshing notes of sweet apples, and lightly sautéed watercress.

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swiss chard quinoa cakes

Eating healthy never looked this good. Aside from the surprisingly delicious pairing of swiss chard and parmesan, this cumin-spiced dish is served with a refreshing dollop of mashed garlic yogurt.

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skillet eggs and potato

This hearty breakfast must-have features a mouthwatering combination of potatoes, tomatoes, kale, and a savory garlic and herb spice mix. 

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jalapeno cornbread

For the holiday table in need of a little spice, try this cheesy jalapeno take on the classic cornbread.

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roasted baby artichokes and pearl onions

This veggie-friendly combo of lemon-zested artichokes and roasted pearl onions will lend a delightfully refreshing note to just about any dinner table.

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lamb with beer and roasted garlic

With a thyme and garlic marinade, this sizzling recipe should be the star of your next date night in.

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blueberry skillet crumbles

We’re swooning over these mini, personalized blueberry skillet crumbles, loaded with flavor and plenty of charm!

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garlic shrimp

Inspired by Hawaii’s iconic shrimp trucks, this favorite features a refreshing blend of citrus and herbs, plus a mouthwatering garlic butter sauce that really seals the deal.

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salted maple apple tart

This indulgent tart, made from the season’s quintessential flavors, is simple, sweet, and pure perfection.

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rosemary focaccia bread

This soft yet hearty recipe results in a deliciously warm and flavored bread, riddled with cozy notes of rosemary. 

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roasted chicken

This rotisserie-inspired take, loaded with spices and bold flavors, just became a weeknight favorite. 

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purple cauliflower with garlic and saffron

Aside from the stunning palate of this delectable dish, an eclectic mix of exotic spices (from Hungarian paprika to fresh saffron) inspire a truly unique element.

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skillet huevos rancheros

A crispy tortilla layer comes topped with beans, ranchero sauce, a tomato-onion mix, and a sunny-side-up egg garnish. 

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skillet apple cobbler

An autumnal take on a summer classic, with a warm blend of the season’s quintessential spices plus an utterly irresistible crumbled top.

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lilac sugar donuts

Who said you need a deep fryer to make donuts? A heavenly brioche donut dough coupled with fresh lilac petal-infused sugar make for the perfect pair in this floral-accented treat.

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chocolate chip cookie with caramel and sea salt

A cookie in a skillet? Say no more. This deep-dish version tastes just as heavenly as it sounds (and looks!).

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spinach feta oven frittata 

A healthy take on a brunch classic, seasoned with oregano and a heaping spoonful of feta cheese.

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cheesy grilled skillet potatoes

Layered with bacon and a medley of fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, and chives, this hearty dish is just the thing for a cold, winter’s night.

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korean braised beef

Korean barbecue is notorious for its eclectic mix of fresh spices used to accentuate the underlying notes of a tender cut of beef. This soy braised, slow-cooked version is packed with flavor and plenty of warmth.  

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black and blue mac and cheese

Featuring a cheddar and blue cheese crumble, this stout-beer based take on mac and cheese is simply irresistible. 

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roasted potatoes with burrata 

Crispy, roasted, and indulgently cheesy, this brunch basic will instantly elevate your weekend mornings. 

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Originally published November 2016. Updated November 2017.

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