The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook & the Stargazer Cast Iron Skillet - A Perfect Match

The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook: Comforting Family Recipes to Enjoy and Share by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr reflects the past and future of Southern Cooking. The author shares her heirloom recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. 

What's included in this title:

  • 100 Southern recipes for staples and new classics along with beloved family stories of real Southern living.
  • Handy labels specify which type of cast iron the recipe calls for and all recipes require only a small assortment of cast iron cookware.
  • Time-tested tips for getting the most out of your cast iron, new or vintage, as well as instructions for cast iron restoration

From Fried green tomatoes to Skillet corn bread, The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook honors the story of Southern cooking right along with the Southern cook's most prized kitchen possession - the cast iron skillet.

A few weeks ago, I made the Peanut butter brownies for my son. They were easy to throw together but very rich, so a small slice will satisfy. Next time I make them, I may add a thicker layer of peanut butter filling and use crunch peanut butter instead as well as add a peanut butter glaze on top to cut through the richness of the all the cocoa. The recipe states it makes 4 to 6 servings, but I was able to get 12 slices that were more than adequate for a dessert or treat unless you are a chocolate fiend. 

Special thanks to Rockridge Press for offering one copy of The Southern Cast Iron Cookbook in our contest below. One of the options for an extra entry in the contest is to visit Rockridge Press on Facebook - let's show our publishers some love. 

Let's talk about the gorgeous skillet to the left - it's a Stargazer. I have a fair number of cast iron skillets, but this is my new favorite. Stargazer is lighter, cleans up incredibly well and is beautiful to boot. Even the bottom of the pan is gorgeous; should you wish to hang your cast iron on the wall as all the home improvement shows are doing now.

Stargazer Cast Iron was founded in 2015 by three old friends with a shared vision: creating the best cast iron cookware around and while they are the new kid on the block - they have impressed me.

How did these three friends start making cast iron skillets?  I'm sharing this history directly from the Stargazer site: "It started with an obsession. Peter Huntley, professional designer and hobby cook, went searching for the perfect skillet and came up empty-handed. Dissatisfied with the options on the market, he turned to vintage cookware to find the quality he was looking for. After nearly a year of collecting, restoring, and cooking with vintage cast iron, he saw the untapped potential and decided it was time for something new. He created a unique cast iron skillet from the ground up: reimagined, redesigned, and revitalized. Huntley enlisted the help of two friends to bring the vision to life and Stargazer Cast Iron was born.

This pan will last a lifetime and I foresee my son cooking and baking in the same pan in the future should he decide that cooking isn't women's work. Yes, he's going through a phase but he's only thirteen - I'll fix that - there is time.

Stargazer is offering one of their brilliant skillets to one of our members in our contest below - open to US members only. Special thanks to Stargazer for sending me their product to test and fall in love with. Two of the options for extra entries include visiting Stargazer on Instagram and Facebook - show them some love. 

Peanut butter brownies
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Serves 4 to 6 / Prep time: 20 minutes / Cook time: 30 minutes
Cast iron: 10-inch skillet

A classic brownie recipe is an important part of every cook's repertoire, and a base recipe opens up the opportunity for endless variations. Dan's particular favorite is a chocolate peanut butter brownie, where the brownie batter is divided in half and a generous layer of peanut butter is spread between the layers. We find they are best served fresh out of the oven with a generous spoonful of peanut butter gelato.

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup peanut butter

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

3. Stir in the buttermilk.

4. In another bowl, gently whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, and baking soda. Fold the flour mixture into the butter mixture.

5. Spoon half of the batter into the skillet and spread it out evenly. Top with the peanut butter and spread it evenly. Then pour the remaining batter, spreading it in an even layer.

6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cooked through. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Variation tip: Instead of peanut butter, mix 1 cup of chocolate chunks into the batter for double chocolate brownies.

The publisher is offering one copy of this cookbook and Stargazer is offering one of their brilliant cast iron skillets to EYB Members in the US. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on May 14th, 2018.

104 Comments

  • jluvs2bake  on  4/2/2018 at 7:51 PM

    Mmmm, yeasted apple cider donuts!!! <3

  • Rosesrpink50  on  4/2/2018 at 7:54 PM

    Dutch baby pancake with strawberries and honey! Yum!

  • Marcia1206  on  4/2/2018 at 8:14 PM

    I’d make the skillet cornbread. I Love cornbread

  • rchesser  on  4/2/2018 at 8:24 PM

    Fig and lemon spiral rolls!

  • Amdona  on  4/2/2018 at 8:26 PM

    Chocolate buttermilk stout pancakes 🥞 Anything with buttermilk is good.

  • Karen.2018  on  4/2/2018 at 8:35 PM

    Spinach, feta and cremini quiche!

  • Bonniem  on  4/2/2018 at 8:44 PM

    Parmesan pretzel rolls sound amazing!

  • ebs  on  4/2/2018 at 8:46 PM

    Potato and rosemary frittata, but it all looks so good!

  • jmay42066  on  4/2/2018 at 8:50 PM

    Gumbo!

  • Angryyew  on  4/2/2018 at 9:00 PM

    skillet cornbread

  • Scotsman61  on  4/2/2018 at 9:39 PM

    Chocolate buttermilk stout pancakes (I'd use Guinness as the Stout)

  • lauriesk  on  4/2/2018 at 10:00 PM

    I would try the Dutch baby pancake with strawberries and honey.

  • Mariarosa  on  4/2/2018 at 10:04 PM

    Drop biscuits!

  • monasli  on  4/3/2018 at 12:39 AM

    Candied bacon!

  • IslandgirlOK  on  4/3/2018 at 12:56 AM

    It all looks great, but since I have to pick just one, I would make the Spinach, Feta, and Cremini Mushroom Quiche.

  • contest718  on  4/3/2018 at 2:19 AM

    Beignets & Monkey bread

  • Uhmandanicole  on  4/3/2018 at 4:29 AM

    Fried grits with country ham and red eye gravy

  • starrie143  on  4/3/2018 at 5:18 AM

    Apple Cider Donuts!

  • nadiam1000  on  4/3/2018 at 5:41 AM

    fig and lemon spiral rolls

  • lgroom  on  4/3/2018 at 5:59 AM

    Apple cider donuts!

  • JRumi  on  4/3/2018 at 7:05 AM

    Cinnamon streusel coffee cake

  • vickster  on  4/3/2018 at 7:48 AM

    Sausage and Cheddar breakfast casserole

  • HeatherLynn  on  4/3/2018 at 9:01 AM

    My family would love the Build-your-own griddle pizza!

  • AngelNewsi  on  4/3/2018 at 10:01 AM

    White cheddar Irish soda bread

  • Kitty_and_Whit  on  4/3/2018 at 11:25 AM

    Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon jam, for sure.

  • sipa  on  4/3/2018 at 11:42 AM

    Yeasted apple cider donuts

  • MeganGarcia  on  4/3/2018 at 11:52 AM

    Omg gumbo

  • Globegal  on  4/3/2018 at 3:22 PM

    Skillet Corn Bread

  • marymc  on  4/3/2018 at 3:31 PM

    Peanut butter brownies sound amazing!

  • marymc  on  4/3/2018 at 3:31 PM

    Peanut butter brownies sound amazing!

  • Lmocooks  on  4/3/2018 at 3:58 PM

    Fried Green Tomatoes

  • ktwalla  on  4/3/2018 at 4:16 PM

    Sweet Potato Chipotle Bowls

  • mph993  on  4/3/2018 at 7:01 PM

    Cheesy red potato and garlic scape hash - 'tis the season!

  • southerncooker  on  4/3/2018 at 7:45 PM

    Sweet potato and chipotle bowls

  • kmn4  on  4/3/2018 at 8:15 PM

    Sausage with sweet potato and leeks

  • sarahawker  on  4/3/2018 at 9:28 PM

    Biscuit-topped chicken potpie

  • DarcyVaughn  on  4/3/2018 at 9:42 PM

    fig and lemon spiral rolls

  • RoseMGenuine  on  4/3/2018 at 9:56 PM

    Cast iron macaroni and cheese! Sign me up.

  • matag  on  4/3/2018 at 11:40 PM

    Gumbo

  • annmartina  on  4/4/2018 at 2:40 PM

    Dutch oven Brunswick stew

  • FireRunner2379  on  4/4/2018 at 3:19 PM

    Count me in on the Candied bacon and Fried apples!

  • ravensfan  on  4/4/2018 at 6:37 PM

    Sweet potato and chipotle bowls

  • sgp  on  4/4/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Chocolate buttermilk stout pancakes

  • AnneOther  on  4/4/2018 at 8:14 PM

    First, I would make the spatchcocked chicken, something I've been wanting to try. Then I would make everything else. Ha!

  • lpatterson412  on  4/4/2018 at 10:48 PM

    Yeasted apple cider donuts!!!

  • tcjanes  on  4/4/2018 at 10:58 PM

    Gouda grits.

  • EmilyR  on  4/5/2018 at 2:45 AM

    fig and lemon spiral rolls

  • laureljean  on  4/5/2018 at 8:54 AM

    Potato and rosemary frittata

  • lovelily1001  on  4/5/2018 at 10:42 AM

    tarheel pie---- my daughter's a UNC graduate, I have to go with that! great recipes abound though!

  • infotrop  on  4/7/2018 at 4:25 PM

    Shrimp, scallops and corn with zucchini noodles and avocado crema, all my favorite things

  • Nancith  on  4/7/2018 at 6:06 PM

    Sourdough French toast with baked pears would be a great way to start the day!

  • RSW  on  4/8/2018 at 9:54 AM

    Sausage and cheddar breakfast casserole

  • clairew137  on  4/8/2018 at 10:13 AM

    Parmesan pretzel rolls

  • sequoia55  on  4/8/2018 at 12:46 PM

    Cinnamon streusel coffee cake

  • sgump  on  4/8/2018 at 3:09 PM

    It must be the skillet corn bread!

  • mpdeb98  on  4/8/2018 at 4:59 PM

    Fig and lemon spiral rolls

  • SheilaS  on  4/8/2018 at 7:55 PM

    White cheddar Irish soda bread!

  • LaurenE  on  4/9/2018 at 11:20 AM

    Spinach, feta and cremini quiche

  • dmass  on  4/9/2018 at 11:51 AM

    Biscuit topped chicken pot pie

  • Vintage_Kitschen  on  4/9/2018 at 3:51 PM

    I definitely want to try the Build your own skillet pizza!

  • ket06e  on  4/10/2018 at 7:49 AM

    Iced blueberry biscuits sound amazing!

  • amylou61  on  4/11/2018 at 7:32 PM

    I'd try the Sausage and cheddar breakfast casserole. Sounds yummy!

  • Teruska  on  4/13/2018 at 7:01 AM

    O.M.G. This is really hard. But, I think the front runner is currently the Seafood Stew with some homemade sausage as one of the ingredients. Oh yeah!

  • AnnaZed  on  4/14/2018 at 4:22 PM

    Dutch baby pancake with strawberries and honey

  • thecharlah  on  4/15/2018 at 8:34 PM

    Rosemary and garlic dinner rolls

  • NaomiH  on  4/16/2018 at 9:55 AM

    Fried grits with country ham and red eye gravy

  • robynsanyal  on  4/18/2018 at 1:34 PM

    Candied bacon for sure!

  • t.t  on  4/20/2018 at 9:00 PM

    Beignets

  • Siegal  on  4/24/2018 at 11:23 AM

    I want to make candied bacon

  • orwuhfoukdy  on  4/25/2018 at 2:25 AM

    The Peanut Butter Brownie with peanut butter gelato sounds delish.

  • love2chow  on  4/25/2018 at 11:14 AM

    Summer shrimp and grits: roasted tomato and browned butter (page 100)

  • KarenDel  on  4/25/2018 at 2:27 PM

    I'd try the Spinach, feta and cremini quiche

  • ktpotat  on  4/25/2018 at 8:43 PM

    beignets

  • LABeachGal  on  4/25/2018 at 9:49 PM

    The Peanut Butter Brownie would be the first recipe I'd try!

  • threefourpfeif  on  4/25/2018 at 9:53 PM

    Chocolate buttermilk stout pancakes sound great

  • msblazes  on  4/25/2018 at 11:19 PM

    Sweet potato and chipotle bowls!

  • Jmischlersw  on  4/26/2018 at 4:50 AM

    Apple cider donuts

  • PeavineBlues  on  4/26/2018 at 7:41 AM

    Pan-fried breaded fish

  • dusksunset  on  4/26/2018 at 8:31 AM

    Skillet Cornbread

  • fbrunetti  on  4/26/2018 at 4:24 PM

    Fried grits with country ham and red eye gravy

  • sallansd  on  4/27/2018 at 12:20 PM

    Sausage and cheddar breakfast casserole

  • VeryVigario  on  4/27/2018 at 7:35 PM

    Rosemary and garlic dinner rolls- sound delicious!

  • Katiefayhutson  on  4/27/2018 at 10:20 PM

    Potato and rosemary frittata

  • juazella  on  4/27/2018 at 11:25 PM

    Spinach, feta and cremini quiche

  • Haunani  on  4/28/2018 at 6:42 AM

    Candied Bacon

  • Julia  on  4/28/2018 at 11:23 AM

    Chocolate buttermilk stout pancakes

  • MiMi60  on  4/28/2018 at 8:25 PM

    Yeasted apple cider donuts

  • sfgirluk  on  4/30/2018 at 2:19 PM

    Sourdough french toast. Two of my great loves.

  • motherofpearl81  on  5/1/2018 at 11:43 AM

    Rosemary and garlic dinner rolls

  • sdg8trgrl  on  5/1/2018 at 9:26 PM

    Tar Heel pie

  • orchidlady01  on  5/3/2018 at 11:06 PM

    Sausage and cheddar breakfast casserole

  • jezpurr  on  5/5/2018 at 1:59 AM

    Pumpkin bread pudding!!!^_^

  • rosalee  on  5/5/2018 at 10:08 PM

    I love a good quiche and this spinach, feta, and cremini one sounds like no exception!

  • jenlhawes  on  5/6/2018 at 1:35 PM

    The chocolate buttermilk stout pancakes sound divine!

  • Shelley.b  on  5/6/2018 at 8:35 PM

    Apple cider donuts

  • outsidereader  on  5/7/2018 at 11:43 AM

    I would love to try the Dutch baby pancake with strawberries and honey.

  • auntietina  on  5/9/2018 at 12:26 AM

    Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon jam

  • laffersk  on  5/9/2018 at 9:54 AM

    London broil with chimichurri sauce

  • amferrer  on  5/10/2018 at 11:55 AM

    peanut butter brownies

  • rusthawk  on  5/10/2018 at 5:07 PM

    Lots of appealing recipes! I'd like to try the Spinach, feta and cremini quiche.

  • artthecat  on  5/13/2018 at 10:14 AM

    Sweet potato and chipotle bowls

  • catmommy9  on  5/13/2018 at 5:34 PM

    Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon jam

  • bamato  on  5/13/2018 at 8:12 PM

    Apple & gouda skillet pies

  • smartie101  on  5/14/2018 at 11:53 AM

    skillet cornbread

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