Our recipe for Cast Iron Steaks with Herb Butter uses the heat-retention properties of cast iron to help develop a perfect sear. Heating the skillet in the oven, rather than on the stovetop, ensures even heat distribution. Flipping the steaks every two minutes leads to a shorter cooking time and reduces the gray band of dry, overcooked meat just beneath the surface of the crust. Fork-Mashed Potatoes with Herbs starts by simmering thin-skinned, waxy baby potatoes in water seasoned with salt, fresh thyme sprigs, and garlic. After draining, we use a fork to break the potatoes into rough, savory chunks.
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