Move Over Camping Food! Hello PUDGY PIES

One of the best things I’ve done with my kids is taking them camping.  I was a little afraid the first time we went.  It was just me and my two, very young, children.  We had so much fun.  Now, 5 years later, it’s the highlight of our summer when we go camping.  We load up the car with great food, bikes and scooters and a deck of cards, and we’re off.
When we discovered Dough Boys I thought I had hit the jack-pot.  Then when we discovered Campfire Eclairs?  Holy heck.  I didn’t think it could get any better than that.
Then my nephew told me about Pudgy Pies.  I thought he was making it up until my Dad reminded us that my Grandfather (who was a patent attorney) helped put the patent on the first pie iron.  How cool is that?  So I was determined to figure out what these were.
Are you ready for this?  This is a pie iron.
You fill it with awesome and delicious food and then cook it over the camp fire.  Easy and so simple.  And FUN!
 But look what you can make.  The possibilities are endless!
Butter the outsides of two pieces of bread (like you’re making a grilled cheese sandwich.  Add whatever “inside” you want in your “pie”.  My son?  Guess……  yep, spaghetti =o)
Place the other piece of bread on top (buttered side out) and place in your pudgy pie iron.
Close the pie iron.  This will squeeze off the crust (yeah!)
Remove the crust and now cook over your campfire.  You’ll have to turn it often to get it golden brown on both sides.  Don’t put it right in the fire but you want it pretty close.  The pie iron needs to get nice and hot.
Are you ready for this???  Voila!
You have a Spaghetti Pudgy Pie!
Now be creative!  How about a Grilled Ham and Swiss Cheese Pudgy Pie?
I think my favorite was a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Pudgy Pie.
Ready for this???
Then we tried making Pudgy Pies with Cresent Dough instead of bread.  Yowza!!!  I’m hooked!
This is what my daughter wanted for breakfast… a Bacon Filled Pudgy Pie =o)  (That’s my girl!)
And for dessert?  How about a S’more Pudgy Pie?
It was delicious!  The marshmallows get all gooey and the chocolate melts and the Cresent dough cooks and it’s like heaven in your mouth!
And even though this isn’t technically a Pudgy Pie, guess what we discovered you could cook in a pie iron.
You guessed it!  Cinnamon Rolls cooked over a campfire.  We just took camping food to a new level!
What do you think?  We can’t wait to go camping again, just to cook =o)
 
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Comments

  1. okay I hate camping, but those irons look so fun, I want one, never seen one here.

  2. WOW! love them…we could use them this winter in the fireplace…and have more than just roasted marshmallows….thanks for sharing :-)….gonna be looking for these 🙂

  3. Love this post, Erin. You have a gift for turning a camping trip into a party. You must be the most popular campers in the park. I’ll have a ham and cheese, please, with extra mustard.

  4. I am getting alittle to old to want to go camping much anymore but these look real great. I’m guessing that if they can be made on a camp fire they could be made on a pit fire too. Imagine all the possiblities here of what to make. Ham and cheese for example . Fun and easy to make to . Thanks for the tip

  5. OMGosh! I grew up with Pudgie Pies!! My favorites were filled with apple pie filling, but the peanut butter and jelly ones were a close second. I was so excited when I found pie irons last year. I can’t wait for my kids to try ’em. Our first camping trip for this season is on Thanksgiving – yep, we’re skipping the Big Feast to go quad riding. Turkey and Cranberry Pudgie Pie??!!

  6. Too cool and too fun!

  7. YES! YES! YES! for pudgy pie irons and camping

  8. We call these mountain pies and they are delicious! We actually made them when our power was out for three days in our wood burner, lol. We love doing pizza and Pb&J…can’t wait to try the bacon, egg and cheese! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

    They also have hot dog irons!

  9. Thank you for sharing this at The Purple Pumpkin Blog!

    I had to immediately find out what pudgy pies were! Those irons look like awesome portable sandwich toasters! Yummmy!

    Michelle xoxo

  10. Now those are so COOL!!

  11. Those look yummy, and kid approved.

    We do not camp but we do love campfires. My husband’s idea of camping is a lodge with a/c, cable and a pool.

    But we do have an outside fire place and this would be wonderful to try with the kiddos on a cool night.

  12. Hi Erin,
    What a cute little tool, I would have fun with that little toy! Hope you are having a great fall weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. I don’t just like this post, I love your whole blog!
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza!
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  14. Oh, how fun!! I haven’t seen a pie iron in years! We always made what my mom called mountain pies in them with pie filling as the center. Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  15. How awesome is this?! I can think of all kinds of things to stuff in there 🙂 Thanks so much for joining us at last week’s All my Bloggy Friends …. We look forward to seeing what you share this week!

  16. What a neat little gadget! I’ll have to get one of those for my next trip 🙂

  17. Okay, I know I’m late, but my family LOVES using pie irons when camping. : ). One of favorites is to bring pizza dough and pizza toppings and making calzones in them. : ). We also like to bring pie crust and fill it with cut up apples, cinnamon and a little bit of sugar.

    Really anything made over a fire tastes good. Thanks for sharing!!

  18. So how did you do the cinnamon rolls?

    • We bought the Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls in the “cans”. Bust it open and put one cinnamon roll int he pudgy pie pan. Roast over the fire, turning and checking to make sure it cooks evenly.

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