Cast Iron Cooking & A Review

Monday, November 8, 2010

Last week I got the most wonderful news....I was the winner of a giveaway over at Mari's Once Upon A Plate. If you don't know Mari, you have to visit her blog...very inpirational!!

So what did I win? Barefoot Contessa's *How Easy Is That*.

I enjoy Ina's style very much and knew this would be a book I would use and enjoy. The Brown truck brought it last Thursday and I poured over each and every page. There are lots of recipes I know I'll be trying but there was a standout that simply screamed TRY ME!! You see, we're a cheese family. Never met a cheese we didn't like and when we travel, we search out local cheeses to bring home to try. When I saw Baked Fontina on page on page 91, I was thrilled....AND it calls for a cast iron skillet!!

Baked Fontina
(Printable Version)
1-1/2lbs Italian Fontina (rind removed) and 1-inch diced
1/4 cup good oil olive
6 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp minced fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 crust French baguette

Preheat the boiler and position the oven rack 5 inches from the heat.

Distribute the cubes of Fontina evenly in a 12-inch cast iron pan.

Drizzle on the olive oil. Combine the garlic, thyme. and rosemary and sprinkle it over the cheese and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper

and place the pan under the broiler for 6 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starts to brown.

How easy is that!!

We loved this appetizer and I even found a way to keep it lower carb...I ate it with lightly blanched cauliflower and broccoli. I'll be making this again as we get into the holiday entertaining season. I love this cookbook and am already pondering which recipe to try next!

Posting to Lisa's Tempt My Tummy Tuesday hosted this week At The Well and Michael Lee's Foodie Friday!


  1. Julie Harward said...:

    This stuff is so good...I could eat a whole skillet! Thanks for sharing it! :D

  1. Cathy said...:

    I recently bought this book and can't wait to dig into the recipes. I thought this baked fontina looked fabulous and am happy to read that you like it.

  1. Gail, just making it in cast iron has my attention! Wishin' I had a chuck of bread and was within arms reach-enjoy:@)

  1. Olive Cooper said...:

    That is an easy recipe. I am fond of cast iron cookery and so is my Joe.

  1. That looks soooo yummy! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  1. Hi! Thank you for your visit! Lucky you winning that cookbook! That recipe sounds sooo yummy! I love broccoli and cauliflower and would eat it with those too!


  1. Diann said...:

    Hi Gail!

    Congrats on winning this book! It looks to be a good one! I can't wait to see more reciped from it. This baked Fontina recipe is beyond drool worthy! I have already c/p and am heading to the store tomorrow to get the cheese (already have all the herbs from our garden)!!!

  1. cindy said...:

    Hey Gail,
    I think I’ll have to go to B & N and buy that Ina’s book.

    I love to watch her on television. She makes everything look so easy. Her spirit is so calming.
    Lucky YOU!!


  1. Debbie said...:

    Congratulations on the win! That looks really delicious. I love the idea of serving it with the low carb option.

  1. farmlady said...:

    What a delicious and easy recipe this is. I will have to try it soon.
    I love the Barefoot Contessa. I just saw a biography (Foodography) on her. Very interesting. She is a force of energy in the food world.
    By the way, I love the music on your blog.

  1. NanE said...:

    This sounds amazing and so easy! Thanks for sharing, Nan

  1. Vintage Girl said...:

    Mmmmm.....and congratulations on winning Ina's cookbook, I have it reserved at the library yet I just know that it'll be on my Christmas list. I use ALL the time the Gooseberry Patch cookbook I won from your wonderful giveaway. You have me a tad bit addicted to those cookbooks now, so easy and ingredients we normally have on hand. Heather

  1. Mimi said...:

    Congrats on winning Ina's book We too are a cheese family. I can't wait to give this a try.

  1. Pattie T. said...:

    I love Fontina and always keep it on hand. Thanks for the recipe. Glad you like this book. It's gotten some criticism, but having all of Ina's books I'm not about to slip this one.

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