RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Cast Iron Magic

This week we're doing a reader-requested topic, and it is a good one.
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March 30, 2016
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Hello fellow foodies and gastrophiles (is this a real word?), and welcome back to another finger lickin' installment of Recipe of the Week. Last week we tackled the egg-citing egg and, even though it had nothing to do with the assigned topic, the winning topic really cracked everyone up.

"I thought it would be nice to make it for his wake, but I misread the amount of Cayenne in it. The recipe called for 4 tablespoons, but instead I bathed in it and put it up my butthole..."

I enjoyed how some of you were like "we shouldn't make Claire do this." That was sweet, but also kind of worrisome, because that means you thought there was a chance that I might actually put cayenne pepper in an orifice other than my mouth.

ANYWAY. I didn't take a painful red pepper bath, but I did pick out a trophy for the author of this comment, Gracie Lou Freebush. I think the song speaks for itself.

(Also, I've never watched this video before. What the fuck is happening?)

The next most up-voted comment, and actual recipe, was in fact quite glorious and required no painful bathing on my part.

This is the most comforting comfort food I know and it stars a delicious egg on top.

1. Cut an english muffin in half (or savagely rip it in half) 2. slice a thick slice of tomato and put it on each half. 3. criss cross the top of the tomato with raw bacon4. put under broiler on low and keep a close eye on it. It cooks quickly. If you are nervous about your broiler you can just put your oven on 375 or maybe 400. This is not very scientific.. 5. meanwhile fry an egg or two (or poach, I like them crispy though and I add a bunch of fresh diced garlic to the hot oil before cracking the egg on top. I like garlic, this step isn't necessary).6. at the last second toss some cheese onto one of the halves and let it get melty in the oven.7. top with the egg and eat open face.

The best thing about this is that the bacon grease cooks down through the tomato into the english muffin. It tastes like my nana's kitchen.

This recipe basically combines all of my favorite things: bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and (of course), glorious eggs, which are fried with crispy garlic.

In the words of my late grandfather, a dish like this will "make you slap your mamma." (Southern sayings are weird, and often violent.)

I assembled this little monster in the manner of a Benedict, because I wanted cheese on each side, and it was just easier to eat that way. I know fluffinella said the garlic was optional, but I'm going to go ahead and call it "necessary." It added a nice, pungent and caramelized sweetness to the dish, and really tied it all together.

I have some pretty strong, beautiful feelings about this egg sandwich, and will be adding it to my brunch roster. As such, fluffinella's trophy is a song that has a lot of emoting going on, courtesy of one Michael Stipe. (Hahaha, I just saw that this album came out in 1988. What even is time?)

And now we must move on.

This week we're doing a reader-requested topic, and it is a good one.

Can I make a ROTW request: cast iron skillet recipes?

This topic got 20 up-votes, so I expect at least 20 really good cast iron skillet recipes.

I feel like you guys don't need a whole lot of direction here. The only requirement is that your dish be cooked in a cast iron pan, but it can be sweet, savory, meaty, bready, whatever you desire. And yes, I know there are other cast iron cooking implements besides the pan, but let's start there and see how much it can do.