We’re entering a new iron age. That’s because chefs are turning to classic cast iron skillets as a way to prepare and present their fare. Here are nine dishes served in cast iron cookware featuring flair metal that’s as fetching as it is functional.
Roasted Octopus at Urbana, Washington, D.C.
We’re a sucker for this dish. Oh-so-tender tentacles star in the sizzling sensation. The meaty curls sit atop fingerling potatoes and spicy garlic sausage dressed with lemon aioli. Make a reservation at Urbana.
Buttermilk Biscuits at Meril, New Orleans Louisiana
A good biscuit is hard to find. This is a great one. Plus, it comes topped with foie gras butter (Hey, Emeril, can you please ship us some of that?) and blackberry preserves. Make a reservation at Meril.
Mussels a La Plancha at Lulu Kitchen & Bar, Sag Harbor, New York
Simple and succinct. New Zealand mussels are dressed with sea salt, crushed pepper, and lemon-parsley butter. The starry presentation makes them perfect for Instagramming. Make a reservation at Lulu Kitchen & Bar.
Breakfast Hoecake at Cane Rosso, Houston, Texas
This is the cure to your next hangover. Rich jalapeño cheese corn cake arrives topped off with sorghum butter and green onions. A cheery sunny-side up egg completes the headache-banishing brunch standout. Make a reservation at Cane Rosso.