Wednesday, June 24, 2009

3-Step Cast Iron Supper

3-Step Cast Iron Supper
Dorcas Annette Walker

Since writing my Creative Tennessee Mountain Cookin weekly newspaper column, I have been delighted to hear from several men, who love to cook. These dear guys are loyal fans, some who every week without fail tries out each of my recipes. One fellow told me awhile back that he is getting quite a stack of newspaper clippings. Guys, I am working on putting together a cookbook of my recipes- honest! In honor of my fellow chefs for Father’s Day I thought I’d give my 3-Step Cast Iron Supper recipe.

The first known Father’s Day celebration took place on July 5, 1908 at Fairmont, West Virginia in commemoration of 361 men killed in a deadly explosion nearby. A year later in the state of Washington, Sonora Dodd began working to have a yearly Father’s Day celebration observed after listening to a Mother’s Day sermon and realizing the sacrifice her father (a Civil War veteran) made over the years as a single father raising their family, who became widowed after his wife died in childbirth. In 1924, President Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. President Johnson designated the third Sunday of June for Father’s Day in 1966, but it wasn’t until 1972 that President Nixon instituted Father’s Day as a national observance. Roses are the official flower for Father’s Day; red roses for living fathers and white roses in memory of fathers who have died. To all fathers I’d like to wish you a very Happy Father’s Day!

My 3-Step Cast Iron Supper makes a hearty meal by itself and is easy to make consisting of three main ingredients: macaroni and cheese, pork and beans, and hotdogs. You can also tweak this recipe by using up leftover macaroni and cheese, adding a can of pork and beans, mixing in chopped hotdogs, and heating it up in the microwave for a quick meal. For variety you can substitute chili beans instead of pork and beans. My husband spreads ketchup over his portion whenever I serve my 3-Step Cast Iron Supper. Preparation time for the 3-Step Cast Iron Supper is thirty minutes and this recipe serves six.

3-Step Cast Iron Supper

Step 1:
In a 10 inch cast iron skillet bring 6 c of water, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tb cooking oil to a boil. Pour 2 (7.25 oz) macaroni and cheese dinner macaroni in the boiling water and boil for ten minutes stirring occasionally with a large spoon. Lower the heat, add ½ c milk, and stir in the powered cheese until smooth.

Step 2:
Open up and pour in 1 (16 oz) can of baked beans.

Step 3:
Cut up into ½ inch pieces of 1 pkg of 8 hotdogs (your choice) and stir in. Bring to boil and simmer for five minutes. Serve piping hot right out of the cast iron skillet!

Weekly tip: A saving tip when cooking macaroni, noodles, or rice: bring to a boil, cover, and turn off the heat. In twenty minutes or less your macaroni, noodles, or rice will be cooked!

Dorcas Annette Walker is a published author, columnist, speaker, freelance magazine writer, and photographer from Jamestown, Tennessee. Contact her at: For more recipes check out her Creative Tennessee Mountain Cookin blog at:

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