The humble cast iron skillet is one of those inexpensive but indispensable kitchen tools that can stand in for a sandwich press, a pizza stone, a baking dish or sauté pan. Don't be intimidated by seasoning them–Now you can buy the skillets preseasoned, so they're ready to cook the day you bring them home.
MyRecipes
January 07, 2013

"If a recipe calls for baking in a cast-iron skillet, can I use a regular baking dish instead?" 

Cast iron is slower to heat, but holds heat better than many other surfaces. When a recipe calls for cast iron, but you use another material, you may have to bake it longer or raise the temperature by about 25 degrees to get the same outcome.

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