Thanksgiving Leftovers = Pudgie Pies Happiness

Turkey pudgie pie in the FireplaceWe 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.
Turkey pudgie pie ingredients

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.
Turkey pudgie pie press stuffing in both sides

Next add your other fillings. But only put them on one side of the pie. You are going to want the filling in small pieces. We added turkey first.Turkey pudgie pie add turkey to one side

Then we added some mashed potatoes.Turkey pudgie pie add mashed potato to one side

Our final layer was gravy. Close your pie iron and put in the fire embers. The cooking time is going to depend on the temperature of the fire. Typically it’s going to take 2-3 minutes per side.Turkey pudgie pie add gravy to one side

This one turned out PERFECT! Nice and crunchy on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.Turkey pudgie pie

We served them up with some veggies and it made the perfect leftover meal.Turkey pudgie pie


  • Pie Iron– great source for pie irons and recipes. They even have a monthly contest.

About NotYourNormalSteam

I love to make things, food, paper, fabric, the medium doesn’t really matter. I am also an obsessive planner. The day after Christmas I am already working out plans for the next year.
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