A sturdy cast-iron skillet is the key to a world of delicious dishes. With the power to sear and crisp like no other tool in your kitchen, this pan is definitely worthy of a whole cookbook from the culinary pros at Better Homes and Gardens.
Top these rich brownies with sautéed bananas and your favorite ice cream. Choose bananas that are ripe but still firm to ensure they don’t fall apart in the skillet.
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 medium bananas
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Hot fudge ice cream topping (optional)
- Ice cream
For the brownies
Using the softened butter, generously butter a medium heavy oven-going skillet or four individual 10- to 12-oz. heavy oven-going skillets or casseroles.
In a medium saucepan cook and stir the 1/2 cup butter and the unsweetened chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each addition just until combined. Stir in vanilla. In a bowl stir together flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. Pour into the prepared skillet(s); spread evenly.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake brownies just until set in center and edges are firm and pull away from sides. Allow 15 to 20 minutes for large skillet or 20 minutes for small skillets.
Peel and slice bananas. In another large skillet cook bananas in 1 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown.
Top brownies with banana slices, hot fudge topping, if desired, and scoops of ice cream.
For the grilling
You need to use a cast-iron skillet(s) or casserole for grilling. Prepare as directed through Step 2. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edges of grill, leaving center of grill with no coals. Place skillet(s) in center of grill rack (not over the coals). Cover and grill just until set in center and edges are firm and pull away from sides. Allow 25 to 30 minutes for large skillet or 20 minutes for small skillets. Meanwhile, cut bananas in half lengthwise. Melt the 1 Tbsp. butter. Brush cut sides of bananas with melted butter. For the last 5 minutes of grilling, add bananas to grill rack directly over coals; grill until lightly browned. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect grilling. Place skillet(s) over burner that is off. Grill as directed.) Remove skillet(s) from grill; let stand 10 minutes. Serve as directed in Step 5.