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One of my very best friends is getting married in October, and she has been asking a lot of good questions regarding their wedding registry. She came over a few weeks ago and we spent a good amount of time going through our kitchen cabinets and drawers, chatting about essential items for the registry and discussing things like the many functions of a food processor and why you can never have too many wooden spoons. As we chatted our way through every nook and cranny of our kitchen, we reached the corner cabinet where our pots and pans are located. As I pulled out one of our cast iron pans to show her, I’m sure look on my face was one of pure joy and pride. Hers, on the other hand was more confused. I get it- cast iron pans aren’t flashy. They aren’t expensive. They aren’t really that cute. However, we use cast iron (and I’m not joking) at least 4 times a week if not more. People have been cooking with these durable pans for generations, and if you take good care of them, they’ll last for generations to come.

Using a cast iron skillet, I can achieve perfectly crispy chicken skin, serve a killer grilled cheese sandwich, whip up a beautiful brunch frittata, and more.  One of my new favorite things to make with a cast iron skillet is this jalapeño cheddar skillet cornbread. Jiffy cornbread mix makes this dish super easy. Simply mix all the ingredients together, pour into a preheated cast iron skillet, and bake. The bread will stay warm in the cast iron as you bring it out to the table. Enjoy!

Jalapeño Cheddar Skillet Cornbread
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 20 min.

Ingredients:

2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
2 jalapeños, seeds removed and diced
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

Preparation:

Place 10″ round or square cast iron skillet in the oven as you preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until just combined. It’s okay if your mixture is a little lumpy.

Once the oven is preheated, take the pan out of the oven, and pour in the cornbread batter. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until cooked through and top is a light golden brown color. Serve warm.