Skillet Suppers Recipe Information
Source: Vintage Recipes from Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Cookbook (c. 1961)(Drawings by Andy Warhol)
A skillet supper is another name for an informal, happy occasion when
a heart-warming dish satisfies hunger. Because it is cooked on the table
it makes a conversation piece for a family or guest meal.
Terrace, play room, back porch luncheons and suppers, almost any
meal planned for leisurely, easy service, may be highlighted by a skillet-
cooked main dish--which means a dish either cooked in its entirety in
an electric skillet at the table or completed in this manner. Many of my
chafing dish recipes can be prepared in an electric skillet. So can many,
many other dishes in the eggs, fish, meats, poultry, and vegetable
chapters. Read the recipes through, prepare sauces and various mixtures
ahead of time, and, with chafing dish cookery, arrange on a tray
all foods, seasonings, and accesories used in making the dish.
Try out any new appliance on the family before attempting a supper
for guests. Follow the manufacturer's directions with an electric skillet
(or any other appliance) and adapt the recipe's general preparation
and cookery instructions to the appliance. Of course these recipes also
may be cooked in a non-electric skillet set on an electric hot plate
or Sterno on a tray at the table.
Most of the skillet recipes are for hearty main dishes. You may want
to serve a tossed salad, hot bread, and a fruit or other dessert with
them. I find that guests at this kind of informal party like to help in
the cooking and serving, so instead of setting a table, I arrange plates
and silver as I do for buffet meals and let everybody have a share
in the work as well as in the enjoyment of the hot dish.