So...I love my cast iron skillet. I baby it. I keep it seasoned and beautiful. I see it as an item that my grand daughter will want one day the way I desperately desire to have my grandmother's pan (although its where abouts seem unknown at the moment...hmmm).
I have been wanting a grill pan, but was holding out for this fancy Le Creuset one in orange (I love these as well)...
Finally, since I am always on a budget...I caved and bought a cast iron grill pan from Walmart for $19.99
Yes, cast iron is harder to clean, but I quit using anything with a non-stick surface when I had children (only the best for them, haha)...
If you don't already have one...go spend 20 bucks and get one. You won't regret it.
OK...so now a quick recipe to cook in your grill pan.
Flank steak....marinate it for two days in the recipe below, then grill a few minutes on each side, let it rest for 10 and cut against the grain....mmmmmmmm
handful of cilantro
3 whole cloves of garlic
1/3 c. olive oil
3 TBSP lime
2 chipotle peppers (from a can with adobe sauce)
throw it all in the blender (add water as needed) until you have a beautiful yellow sauce with green and red flakes...put it in a freezer bag, with your steak and put in the fridge for a day or two until ready to grill in your pan.