My family loves camping, and we love it even more now that we purchased a motor home. Too many camping trips cancelled because of rain, other noisy campers, and the hauling of supplies, wore us out on tent camping. Not saying we won’t tent camp again, but the motor home allows us to keep our plans even with a chance of rain.
Even though I have a microwave, and stove in the camper, we still prefer to cook outside. The whole point of camping is being outside as much as possible! We discovered the joy of pie irons, which are made of cast iron. You can make pizzas, little pies, stuffed quesadillas, and all sorts of nifty little campfire creations. They are crunchy on the outside, and perfectly cooked on the inside.
There is a trick to pie iron cuisine — it’s easy to burn the outside. Luckily for you and me, my husband figured out the way to cook with pie irons, which yields perfection every time.
Hold the pie iron over the fire for 30 seconds on one side, and 30 on the other side. Repeat. Let rest one minute. Repeat, and let rest one more minute, then open to test. Depending on your ingredients, it might take another round. Normally it only takes one round, so I call this the 4/30 method.
For pie iron pizzas you will need:
Italian sandwich bread
any toppings you desire (we typically bring pepperoni and olives)
Generously coat both sides of pie irons with cooking spray. Stuff one piece of bread (two total) in each side of pie iron. On one side, add sauce, cheese, and toppings. Cook over the campfire using the 4/30 method.
We also like to make stuffed chicken quesadillas. I bring my canned chicken in the camper for this recipe, but you can use any type. Even leftover bbq chicken would be great!
We use the little tortillas, but do tear around the edges some to make it fit better. I layer chicken, beans, cheese, and pickled jalapenos for the adults. When it’s all done and crispy, I top with a dollop of sour cream and salsa. I serve with a big salad on the side.
We have also made blueberry pies using just pie crust and my homemade blueberry pie filling. Try apple or peach pie filling too. The possibilities are endless!