Abt-solutely Delicious: Friendsgiving Edition
Sharing a delicious Thanksgiving meal with friends outside of your traditional family Thanksgiving is a growing trend. Let’s be honest, no matter if it’s your third time attending a “Friendsgiving” or your first time hosting one, you’re probably on the lookout for some delicious Friendsgiving dishes to win your friends over with this year! Well, you’ve come to the right place because we’ve compiled a list of extremely quick and easy Friendsgiving recipes to whip up, all you’ll need is a cast iron skillet! We’re kidding, you’ll need more than just a skillet – ingredients and certain kitchen tools will be necessary. However, the point is that the following recipes are all made to be served out of a cast iron skillet! So find yours at home or grab a skillet from us and let’s get started.
1 cup of yellow corn meal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup liquid buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1 whole egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup shortening
2 tablespoons shortening
>>> Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine corn meal, flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Stir.
>>> Measure the buttermilk and milk in a measuring cup and add the egg. Stir it together with a fork. Add the baking soda and stir again. Pour milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until combined.
>>> In a small bowl, melt 1/4 shortening. Slowly add melted shortening to the batter, stirring until just combined. In a cast iron skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons shortening over medium heat. Pour the batter into the hot skillet. Spread to even out the surface (batter should sizzle).
>>> Cook on stove-top for 1 minute, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Crispy Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
24 medium asparagus spears, ends trimmed (about 1 pound)
1 tablespoon olive oil
ground black pepper
12 thin slices of prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise
>>> Heat the oven to broil and arrange a rack about 5 to 6 inches below the heating element.
>>> Set a large plate aside. Place the asparagus in a 12″ cast iron skillet, drizzle it with the olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Using your hands, toss until the spears are evenly coated with the oil. Transfer them to the large plate and set the skillet aside. Starting just under the scaled tip of the asparagus, wrap each spear with 1 slice of prosciutto in a downward spiral toward the cut end, just barely overlapping the seams of the prosciutto. Place back onto the skillet.
>>> Repeat with the remaining asparagus, leaving as much space as possible between each spear.
>>> Broil for 3 minutes, remove the skillet from the oven, and flip the asparagus over. Return to the oven and continue to broil until the asparagus is charred in spots and the prosciutto is crisped and browned, about 3 minutes more.
Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups + 2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk chocolate chunks
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
>>> Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
>>> In a 10 or 12 inch cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat stirring often, until it starts to bubble and is completely melted. Turn heat to low and add sugar and brown sugar, stirring well. Keep stirring until smooth and glossy. Chill for 10-15 minutes (you don’t want to add the eggs now or you will have scrambled eggs).
>>> Remove from refrigerator or freezer and add eggs and vanilla and stir well. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in chocolate and stir to combine.
>>> Bake at 325 degrees for 24-30 or until the edges are lightly golden brown.