Monday, July 6, 2009

Cooking Tool: Camping Pie Iron

I love the outdoors! We went camping this weekend for the 4th of July and one of our favorite things to do when camping at night is to sit by the open fire, eat, sing, and just tell stories. One thing that makes the campfire experience even more fun is when we roast hot dogs, marshmallows and make pies or grilled cheese sandwiches. These pies don't really compare to that of dutch oven cobbler but, it is fast and easier. We made apple pies and grilled cheese sandwiches this weekend and thought it was the perfect way to introduce our cooking tool of the week, the Pie Iron.

I have used the pie iron for camping since I can remember. My uncle and aunt would bring theirs on our family camp outs growing up and we couldn't get enough cherry or berry pies. It was fun to make your own and see what other neat things you could make over the fire. They are very easy to use and are long enough for kids to use them safely. They are not that expensive and if you like to camp a lot, it might be something to think about getting. You can buy them at almost any camping or online store.

How to use them:
Butter or spray inside both cooking plates. Add your bread. For this one, I used Potato bread. It is ok if the bread is a little bigger, you can trim the crust or push it into the plate and clamp it.

Put a big scoop of pie filling in the center. I also spread some cream cheese inside both slices to make it even better.

Place into fire or grill.
If cooking in the fire, try to wedge it into hot coals or two hot logs to help it cook evenly. Don't forget to turn it either.

When it is golden brown on both sides, it is done.

Having just a grilled cheese, also works out. They are delicious!
Other suggestions:
Stuffed french toast
(with already cooked bread)
Toad in a hole
(cut hole into two slices of bread, can also use two eggs)
Any grilled sandwich like a tuna melt
Cheeseburger (with already cooked hamburger)
Quesadilla (with small flour or corn tortillas)
Grilled Burritos (they would be small unless you have a double iron)
Have You Tried These or Think You Would Like One?
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Natalie said...

I have never heard of or seen them before. I love the concept and want to try this with my family!

Nichole said...

Looks yummy. Hey...this has nothing to do with cooking but i wanted to tell you that i saw your mom and dad in the parade! They were sitting in a helicopter on a float, i bet that is so exciting for your family:)

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