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Cleaning Your Cast Iron Skillet After Cheesy Bacon Braised Beets

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Children ask questions. Lots of them. And my daughter is no different. When she was younger, her most popular question was: “why no choco milky?” As she got older, that changed to: “why do I have to eat beets?” And as a teen, it’s been: “why do I have to do the dishes?” But, one question that has been recurring is: “which superpower do you wish you had?” And, everytime she has asked it, she has come up with a different superpower.

Last night, while we were walking through Walmart, my 17-year-old daughter threw out this question again. And, informed me that she wished she had the superpower to “mind control” people. To which my answer was “you just wanna mind control me to excuse you from dish-duty eh?”

While her answer has changed, mine has stayed the same. You see, I wish I had the superpower to clone myself! Life has a way of getting busy and messy and having a clone who would show up at my day job (in the advertising sector), and another who would run my errands, and yet another who would clean up my cooking messes, while I cooked and baked all day, why, that would take my life to a whole new level.

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Speaking of new levels, yesterday, while we were walking through the cleaning supplies aisle at Walmart, I came across this new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth. As this new, textured fiber cloth was said to have “scrubbing power that made cleaning easy,” I had to bring a 2-pack of it home with me. You see, I was planning on making Cheesy Bacon Braised Beets in my trusty old skillet and I needed all the help I could get to convince my daughter that cleaning up that skillet afterward was gonna be a cinch!  

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After seeing how quickly those Bacon Braised Brussels Sprouts cooked (a couple of posts ago), I figured I would bacon braise the beets too instead of baking them. Y’all, if beets aren’t your thing – y’all have got to try this recipe! Bacon + beets + cheese = tastebud heaven!
Am so not joshing! With a heavy dose of onions, garlic, and sweet potato, this Cheesy Bacon Braised Beets dish has become my daughter’s favorite way to reap the benefits of beets!

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Cleaning Your Cast Iron Skillet After Cheesy Bacon Braised Beets

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This cheesy, rosemary and thyme spiced, bacon braised, dish will have you reaping the benefits of beets in one heck of a tasty way!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 beets
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/8 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup cheese, I used a blend of mozzarella and cheddar

Instructions

  1. Preheat brolier to 500
  2. Place bacon slices in a cast iron skillet and cook till done
  3. While bacon is cooking, chop the onion, garlic, sweet potato, and beets
  4. Once the bacon is done, remove it from skillet and drain them
  5. Pour out the bacon fat, leaving behind just that which coats the pan
  6. Add in the onions and garlic and let cook for a couple of minutes over a medium flame - stirring constantly
  7. Add in the sweet potatoes, beets, rosemary, thyme and chicken stock and cook covered for 7 minutes
  8. Remove the cover and cook another 2-3 minutes
  9. Stir the mixture well
  10. Place cheese on top and broil for 2 minutes
  11. Serve warm

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After dinner, she didn’t even make a fuss about cleaning up everything – including the cast iron skillet. Now, there are many different ways that people employ to keep their cast iron skillets clean. My favorite 2-step method if said cast iron skillet is badly soiled with caked on debris, is to:
1) Rub salt into the cast iron, making sure to rub of the caked on debris and then throw this out
2) Rub some coconut oil into cast iron and you are done!

*If you are squeamish about not using any water and insist on it, then, make sure to thoroughly dry your cast iron and rub it with oil.

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My daughter used the scrubbing dots technology of the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth to scrub the salt into the cast iron skillet. She insisted on washing and drying the skillet with the other Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth, before rubbing oil into it.

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She even cleaned off the granite counters and the stove top with the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth which did a wonderful job of scrubbing off the gunk and not scratching up the surfaces. She then helped me thoroughly dry some of the utensils I used as well, with this supercharged dish cloth. And – these Scotch-Brite® dish cloths can be machine washed and used over and over again!

These 2 packs of Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths are available in tan, coral, and navy, and at a price of $4.98, they are a steal of a deal. By the way, Walmart has $1 off instant redeemable coupons for these Scotch-Brite® dish cloths, which can be redeemed at the register upon checkout.

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Ben Maclain

Friday 1st of July 2016

Shashi, I wish I could able to clone myself too to delegate some boring/tedious work. I'm just a bit concerned about the fact the clone might turn out as lasy and messy as I am, haha)) I do love beets and can eat them even raw! However, mixed with sweet potatoes and cheese, this one is a perfect comfort dish I'd love to dig into right now. Well done!

Hotly Spiced

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

Clone myself - that would be handy! Last week I watched Mary Poppins on TV. When I saw how she was able to clean up the nursery with just a click of her fingers, that's the super-power I wished for! xx

Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

My flatmate and I have a deal that if she cooks, I clean up. The only problem is that she is a master chef and consequently uses about 1,305 pans and dishes that I spend an hour scrubbing. These would come in handy! haha

As a side note, I had no idea you had a day job as well. I'm all the more impressed that you have the time to come up with all of these amazing recipes!

Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

I need these scotch brutes! I have a skillet that just won't come clean after making coconut scones in. Who would think coconut would stain so badly?

David @ Spiced

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

Heck, I still ask "why no choco milky"? Haha! Just kidding. We just spent the weekend with my sister and her 2-year-old, and I think I am scarred for life. I also need adult words again! I'm digging this braised beets idea here! I don't think I've ever made braised beets...but they look (and sound) delicious. I do love my cast iron skillet. It's probably one of my favorite pieces of cookware. Thanks for sharing the cleaning tips, my friend! :-)