We decided to have a Thanksgiving style meal this weekend. There were several reasons 1) Mr. Steam loves turkey and the fixin’s (not to mention the leftovers) 2) The kids love turkey and mashed potatoes 3) It will feed us for several days plus will partially stock the freezer for later and 4) I have wanted to make Thanksgiving pudgie pies for YEARS. But we have celebrated Thanksgiving at other people’s house for the last several years so no left overs.
But Steam. Thanksgiving pudgie pies?
YEP!!!! You know, pudgie pies or pie irons. You usually use them over a campfire and use pizza fixin’s or pie filling. We love to use our pudgie pies and have made LOTS of different pies including:
- Lemon meringue pie (Pound cake, lemon curd, marshmallows)
- Apple pie (raisin bread, apple pie filling)
- Pizza (white bread, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, whatever pizza toppings that float your boat)
- Chicken Parmesan (white bread, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, diced chicken)
- Chicken pot pie (white bread, diced chicken, frozen veggie mix, bechamel sauce)
Its way to cold to have a fire outside today (try 5 deg F), but its a PERFECT day for a fire in the fireplace. And since we just HAPPENED to have some “Thanksgiving” leftovers. We had some pudgie pies for lunch.
First make sure you have a good fire going. You are going to want some embers to cook the pies in.
While you are waiting for some embers, gather up your fillings. We used stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy. But you could add what ever you wanted as long as it’s diced up small enough. Next time I’ll dice up the veggies smaller and toss those in. And I might even add some cranberry sauce.
Once the fire is ready start assembling the pie. Use some cooking spray on the pie iron (or you can butter the pan). I took some stuffing and pressed it in each side. You don’t want very much and you want to press it in tight. The 1st pie was easy. It was a bit of a challenge on the 2nd and 3rd pie to not burn yourself. We ended up using the back of a metal spoon.
- Pie Iron– great source for pie irons and recipes. They even have a monthly contest.