The pie iron is a great tool for making quick, hot sandwiches and desserts. It’s something the kids can do with a little supervision. Most kids eat a lot on a camping trip and having a set of pie irons will help with that chore while giving them a hot snack. The best thing about cooking with a pie iron is the simplicity for anyone to use which makes it fun for the whole family.
The pie iron can be made of different metals like cast iron, aluminum or stamped sheet metal with long handles and a latch to keep it closed. The best ones are made of cast iron, being heavier and usually of higher quaility creates a better tasting sandwich. The cast iron pie irons are seasoned the same way as any other cast iron cooking utensil. They could last a lifetime with proper care. The more you use them the blacker and better they are, eventually having that nonstick coating that everyone loves.
I think everyone knows how to make pizza. I’m sure everyone loves to eat pizza, especially children. Why not have pizza during your next camping trip or backyard cook out. This is the simple recipe for pizza, everything is store bought. If you’re a Seasoned Dutch Oven Pro or Baker, then use your favorite pizza crust.
Crust can be store bought or homemade
1 Pizza Crust in a Tube
1 package of Pepperoni or Cooked Sausage
1 pacakge of schredded Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese
Bellpeppers, Mushroom and Onion, etc.
Add your favorite toppings, the combinations are endless.
1 can of Tomato Sauce
Minced Onion Flakes
I prepared the sauce and simmered it in my 5″ Baby Dutch Oven for about 20 minutes. Put two briquettes on the bottom and three on top.
Lightly oil the lid or apply corn meal so the pizza won’t stick. Assembly pizza right on the lid and place on a lid rack. Take a 12″ Dutch Oven and flip it over setting it on the lid. Add charcoals and bake.
Use welders gloves to handle the Dutch Oven. Be careful, the Dutch Oven is Heavy and HOT!
I don’t remember how many coals I used, but it was a lot. I put an even layer down and loaded the top. Baked it for about 40 minutes.
In your kitchen oven a pizza wil cook at 425 for 15 minutes, using a Dutch Oven this way gives you about 325 to 350 degrees. It also depends on the wind and outdoor temperature.
Give it a try, it’s fun to have pizza on a camping trip.