A Little Taste of Camping from the Fireplace

Well its midwinter here, which means lots and lots of snow. And VERY cold temperatures. Not exactly the kind of weather I want to go camping in. Although I am pretty sure Mr. Steam would be game to try.

Unfortunately I have been really wanting to get out and go camping with the kids. To be completely unplugged, cooking over a fire, eating outside, swimming and hikes. Oh yeah. Really jonesin’!

So why not do part of that from the warmth of our house? We can still cook over a fire! Yep! Good plan. So for dinner last night we had pie iron pizzas and s’mores for dessert.

If you have never had dinner in a pie iron you are really missing out. We like to cook just about anything in a pie iron. Heck we even had Thanksgiving leftovers in a pie iron.

Pie iron meals are fun to make AND eat.

Gather all your ingredients.

  • Butter (or non-stick spray)
  • Bread
  • Pizza sauce (or tomato sauce and your favorite seasonings)
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • your favorite pizza toppings. We used: peperoni, Italian sausage, red peppers, sliced black olives, and onion.
  1. Pre-heat your pie irons in the fire.Pie Iron Pizza in the fireplace
  2. Brush the pie iron with butter. Some people butter their bread and that works too, but I always forget to get the butter out of the fridge and it’s rock hard. So I just rub the butter stick on the pie iron.
  3. Put your bread on each side of the iron, being careful to not burn yourself on the pie iron. ITS HOT!
  4. Spread the pizza sauce on both pieces of bread. We used tomato sauce and topped it with dried oregano, basil, parsley and garlic powder.
  5. Top the bread on one side of the pie iron with your favorite pizza toppings. The kids had pepperoni and red pepper. Mr. Steam had Italian sausage and olives. I had everything!!Pie Iron Pizza - peperoni and red pepperPie Iron Pizza- sausage, olive15 space
  6. Last put a little cheese on the same side as the toppings. If you put toppings on both sides it is nearly impossible to close the pie iron without loosing the fillings.Pie Iron Pizza Cheese
  7. Close the iron and put it in the fire for just a few minutes. They go from perfect to scorched in nothing flat. If they do get scorched we just take a bread knife and scrape off the burnt part. Both kids are highly adverse to “black stuff” on their food. But both happily at scrapped pizzas. SUCCESS!
  8. Take out of the pie iron and enjoy.

N declared “These are DELICIOUS!” I think that’s all that needs to be said about these!N declared them delicious

But the night of fun food wasn’t over! Not even close as N reminded me. The conversation went like this:

N: Can we eat the smurfs now?
Me: What? (frantically thinking about any blue snack food we may have in the house)
N: You said if I at all my pizza we could have smurfs. Can we haves them now?
Me: OHHHHHHHHH!!! (you could probably see the light turn on over my head) S’MORES! Yes we can have the s’mores now.

Frankly I was just relieved that my son didn’t want to eat little blue creatures!

Camping in our family room was a HUGE success!

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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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