What is a Pie Iron and just how do I use it?
A Pie Iron is a mold of cast Iron with handles. Each side also serves as a small skillet. Bread is placed in first and then the filling into the generous cooking cavity. The two sides and then sandwiched together and placed over hot coals.
The solid cast iron design holds up to the rigors of the campfire and must be watched closely to avoid buring. Pie Iron's are fun to use, and make terrific sandwiches and desserts. One word of caution- watch children closely because the fillings can get very hot!
Now go and try a pie iron, get creative and have some fun. Be sure to send us your ideas and successes! We would love to hear from you and share what you have with all fellow campers. Use the link below to share with others.
In its most basic function, a pie iron is a way to cook grilled cheese sandwiches and fruit pies over a campfire. This is done by placing the food (in the above cases, two pieces of buttered bread with cheese or fruit filling) inside a cooking compartment formed by two metal casting that hook together using a hinge. Metal rods with wood handles extend from the castings so the user can easily maneuver the pie iron over a campfire. A few minutes over the heat and a perfectly toasted sandwich or pie emerges from the cooker. This all is related to foil cooking but better. Look over these recipes below and enjoy.
Dinner's over, dusk has passed, the moon has started its arc in silence. Everyone sits around the campfire. Stories are told. You've found the perfect log to sit on. Now the job is to find that balance between being chilled by the nighttime air & too hot from the fire. "It must be midnight", you think excitedly, but it's probably only 8:30. Someone brings up the subject of dessert or a snack. What else needs to be said? Out comes the Pie Irons and the ritual begins.
In its most basic function, a pie iron is a way to cook grilled cheese sandwiches and fruit pies over a campfire.
Aluma Fruit Pie:
Use any canned pie filling; apple, cherry, and peach are delicious. Place filling between your choice of bread as per our basic direction. Grill until golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar and serve.
Prepare cornbread mix according to direction on package. Into a well greased cooker, fill cavity about one third with mix. Close, latch handles and bake over very low heat until done.
Rocky Road Treat:
Spread peanut butter on 2 slices of bread. Add one large marshmallow and one chocolate bar square between buttered bread slices/ Toast in cooker until bread is golden brown.
Place sliced potatoes in cooker, add butter, salt and pepper (to taste) and close. Grill on both sides over low heat.
Mix canned tuna fish, chopped pickle and mayonnaise. Place on slice of bread, buttered side down, and add slice of Havarti cheese and a slice of tomato. Cover with remaining side of buttered bread and grill until hot and toasty.
Place one piece of pie dough loosely in cooker cavity, buttered side down. Add cubed, cooked beef, cooked potato slices, onions and pepper. Cover with remaining piece of pie crust, buttered side up. Close grill and latch handles. Bake for approximately 5 minutes.
Place slice of pizza crust in cooker cavity, add tomato puree, green peppers, slivered garlic, oregano, mozzarella cheese and top with pepperoni. Cover with second slice of pizza crust. Grill 3 or 4 minutes on each side or until desired doneness is reached. English muffins or sliced bread or pita can be used in place of pizza crust.
Spread inside of burger buns with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt and paprika. Turn each bun inside out and place into cooker cavity. Grill until golden brown.
Hot Ham and Cheese:
Place slice of bread, buttered side down, into cooker. Place slice of ham and slice of cheese on bread. Add Dijon mustard and cover with remaining slice of bread, buttered side up. Close cooker, latch handles and grill to golden brown.
Use canned, pre-cooked sloppy joe mix or make your own mix with hamburger, barbecue sauce and onion. (Meat must be precooked.) Place mix between buttered bread and cook over low heat until hot and toasty.
Bacon and Tomato Special:
Fill whole wheat bread with sliced tomatoes, crisp bacon, lettuce and mayonnaise. Toast sandwich for 3 to 4 minutes in pie iron.
Open cooker and use as two skillets, place one egg in each side of cooker. Use cooker in closed position for scrambled eggs; add onion, cheese, pepper, and mushrooms for omelettes.
Dip 2 bread slices into egg batter, place both slices into cooker, placing strawberry jam between bread slices. Toast until browned.
Place thinly sliced sweet Spanish onions (or Vidalia onions) into cooker cavity. Add a little celery, salt, parsley and a splash of beer. Close cooker and grill until onions are soft.
Pie Irons are a wonderful and versatile way to cook in camp. What you can cook in these is only limited by your imagination and creativity. Children love cooking their individual serving by themselves. The following offers some suggestions on how to put your pie iron to use on your next campfire, and don't forget they work great in fire places, on wood stoves, on grills, and even on your kitchen range.
Makes reuben sandwiches, pizza pies, grilled cheese, calzones, scrambled eggs, chocolate croissants.
Cooks fruit pies, hot desserts, pudgy pies, hot ham and cheese, jelly pies, tuna melts.
Fries potatoes and onions, eggs, hamburgers, omelets, meat loaf, pork chops, hot dogs, and bratwurst.
Grills french toast, sausages, steak, sloppy joes, rocky road treats.
Bakes rolls, pies, cornbread, biscuits, empanadas, seafood and fish.
Toasts breads, s'mores, tortillas, camp treats, bagels and much more!