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)
- 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.
- Pre-heat your pie irons in the fire.
- 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.
- Put your bread on each side of the iron, being careful to not burn yourself on the pie iron. ITS HOT!
- Spread the pizza sauce on both pieces of bread. We used tomato sauce and topped it with dried oregano, basil, parsley and garlic powder.
- 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!!
- 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.
- 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!
- Take out of the pie iron and enjoy.
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!