Recipes for a Pie Iron
Recipes For a Pie Iron Pie
When I was a little girl, I had an Aunt Lilly. My little sister could not pronouce "Lilly" so she called her Aunt LaLa. I started to call her Aunt LaLa too. Whenever Aunt LaLa babysat for us, she would make us a melted cheese sandwich in the pie iron. We started calling these "Lala Sandwiches".
As we got older we started inventing fillings for the pie iron pies and adding new ones. These make a quick (about 20 minute) sandwich or dessert pretty easily.
We had a gas stove when we first made a Lala sandwich and being on the open flame makes the crust extra crispy. You can use the pie iron on a barbeque or over and open flame in a fireplace or over a campfire.
A pie iron is an inexpensive very portable item. It's a lot less expensive than sandwich presses (a more modern invention).
We are going to start with the basic way to make a pie iron sandwich - For the demo, I am making a melted cheese sandwichClick thumbnail to view full-size
Many people have never heard of a pie iron
When I mention the pie iron to friends they can't visualize what I am speaking of. They are still sold today, so someone must be buying and using them, and yet, I have not found anyone outside my family who knows about them.
Have you every heard of a pie iron?
Some Basic Info About Fruit Filling
If using canned fruit, make sure it is very well drained.
For either canned or fresh fruit you need to apply a barrier on the bread so the fruit juices don't turn the sandwich to mush. You may use spreadable cheese or butter. A slice of cheddar on either side of apples works too.
Boursin Cheese and Fresh FigsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Everyone has different taste. What filling do you like the best? I have listed several possibilities below.
What's Your Favorite Filling?
Peach and Ginger Pie - Easy to Make in a Pie IronClick thumbnail to view full-size
© 2011 Ellen Gregory