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Recipes for a Pie Iron

Updated on January 23, 2017
Boursin and Fig Pie Iron Pie
Boursin and Fig Pie Iron Pie | Source

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 sandwich

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This is a basic pie iron.   In fact, this is a truly inexpensive on that I have had for years.Grease the pie iron or butter one side of the bread.  Place bread in pie iron.Add filling on one side.   Here I used cheddar cheese and sweet pickles.Close pie iron and lock the handle so it's tight.Trim the edges of the bread.  (I save them and make bread crumbs,croutons or use them for meatballs or meatloaf).Place pie iron on heat.   Heat on one side for about 4 minutes and then flip.This is the completed cheese pie.  I err on the side of a pale sandwich for cheese as I have a smooth surface stove and cheese oozing out causes smoking when it hits the stove top.Here is my warm melted cheese sandwich, ready to eat.
This is a basic pie iron.   In fact, this is a truly inexpensive on that I have had for years.
This is a basic pie iron. In fact, this is a truly inexpensive on that I have had for years. | Source
Grease the pie iron or butter one side of the bread.  Place bread in pie iron.
Grease the pie iron or butter one side of the bread. Place bread in pie iron. | Source
Add filling on one side.   Here I used cheddar cheese and sweet pickles.
Add filling on one side. Here I used cheddar cheese and sweet pickles. | Source
Close pie iron and lock the handle so it's tight.
Close pie iron and lock the handle so it's tight. | Source
Trim the edges of the bread.  (I save them and make bread crumbs,croutons or use them for meatballs or meatloaf).
Trim the edges of the bread. (I save them and make bread crumbs,croutons or use them for meatballs or meatloaf). | Source
Place pie iron on heat.   Heat on one side for about 4 minutes and then flip.
Place pie iron on heat. Heat on one side for about 4 minutes and then flip. | Source
This is the completed cheese pie.  I err on the side of a pale sandwich for cheese as I have a smooth surface stove and cheese oozing out causes smoking when it hits the stove top.
This is the completed cheese pie. I err on the side of a pale sandwich for cheese as I have a smooth surface stove and cheese oozing out causes smoking when it hits the stove top. | Source
Here is my warm melted cheese sandwich, ready to eat.
Here is my warm melted cheese sandwich, ready to eat. | Source

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?

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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 Figs

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For this sandwich, I close the pie iron and trim the bread first.  I don't want to waste the boursin cheese on parts that will be cut away.  You may decrust or not.   I did not.  I like this one brand of organic bread that doesn't really fit the pie Liberally spread boursin cheese on both pieces of bread.   This will keep the fig juice from seeping and making the bread mushy.Slice figs into 1/4 thick slices and put on one side of the pie iron.   You have to push them toward the center so they don't slide out when the pie iron is closed and locked.    Put it on high heat for approximately 4 minutes on each side.Yummm.   A warm sandwich of herb garlic boursin cheese and fresh figs on whole wheat bread.  I toasted this a little more than the cheese sandwich as there was nothing to melt on to my cook top.
For this sandwich, I close the pie iron and trim the bread first.  I don't want to waste the boursin cheese on parts that will be cut away.  You may decrust or not.   I did not.  I like this one brand of organic bread that doesn't really fit the pie
For this sandwich, I close the pie iron and trim the bread first. I don't want to waste the boursin cheese on parts that will be cut away. You may decrust or not. I did not. I like this one brand of organic bread that doesn't really fit the pie | Source
Liberally spread boursin cheese on both pieces of bread.   This will keep the fig juice from seeping and making the bread mushy.
Liberally spread boursin cheese on both pieces of bread. This will keep the fig juice from seeping and making the bread mushy. | Source
Slice figs into 1/4 thick slices and put on one side of the pie iron.   You have to push them toward the center so they don't slide out when the pie iron is closed and locked.    Put it on high heat for approximately 4 minutes on each side.
Slice figs into 1/4 thick slices and put on one side of the pie iron. You have to push them toward the center so they don't slide out when the pie iron is closed and locked. Put it on high heat for approximately 4 minutes on each side. | Source
Yummm.   A warm sandwich of herb garlic boursin cheese and fresh figs on whole wheat bread.  I toasted this a little more than the cheese sandwich as there was nothing to melt on to my cook top.
Yummm. A warm sandwich of herb garlic boursin cheese and fresh figs on whole wheat bread. I toasted this a little more than the cheese sandwich as there was nothing to melt on to my cook top. | Source

Everyone has different taste. What filling do you like the best? I have listed several possibilities below.

What's Your Favorite Filling?

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Peach and Ginger Pie - Easy to Make in a Pie Iron

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The bread was place in the pie iron and trimmed.   Take the trimmed bread and butter it on one side.Spread cream cheese on the other side of each slice.   This keeps the juices from seeping and making the bread soggy.Lay peach slices on one side.   This time of year, I could only find canned.  Usually, I use fresh peaches.Sprinkle the peaches with ground ginger.   Other possibilities are slivered almonds, cinnamon or brown sugar.Place it on the stove.   One my flat surface cook top, I do 4 minutes on each side.The edges will be burnt a little.  With the pie iron still closed, I scrape this off with a knife.   It tastes better and makes it easier to remove the pie.The finished pie.   This pie had to be coaxed out of the iron by running a knife between the sandwich and the iron.The ginger peach pie sliced open.
The bread was place in the pie iron and trimmed.   Take the trimmed bread and butter it on one side.
The bread was place in the pie iron and trimmed. Take the trimmed bread and butter it on one side. | Source
Spread cream cheese on the other side of each slice.   This keeps the juices from seeping and making the bread soggy.
Spread cream cheese on the other side of each slice. This keeps the juices from seeping and making the bread soggy. | Source
Lay peach slices on one side.   This time of year, I could only find canned.  Usually, I use fresh peaches.
Lay peach slices on one side. This time of year, I could only find canned. Usually, I use fresh peaches. | Source
Sprinkle the peaches with ground ginger.   Other possibilities are slivered almonds, cinnamon or brown sugar.
Sprinkle the peaches with ground ginger. Other possibilities are slivered almonds, cinnamon or brown sugar. | Source
Place it on the stove.   One my flat surface cook top, I do 4 minutes on each side.
Place it on the stove. One my flat surface cook top, I do 4 minutes on each side. | Source
The edges will be burnt a little.  With the pie iron still closed, I scrape this off with a knife.   It tastes better and makes it easier to remove the pie.
The edges will be burnt a little. With the pie iron still closed, I scrape this off with a knife. It tastes better and makes it easier to remove the pie. | Source
The finished pie.   This pie had to be coaxed out of the iron by running a knife between the sandwich and the iron.
The finished pie. This pie had to be coaxed out of the iron by running a knife between the sandwich and the iron. | Source
The ginger peach pie sliced open.
The ginger peach pie sliced open. | Source

© 2011 Ellen Gregory

Do all or any of these recipes sound good to you? - They are so quick. Not messy and super easy.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I brought two items with me from the north--a snow brush for my car if I travel in cold seasons, and a mountain pie iron :) My favorite fillings are pizza toppings, or cherry pie filling and marshmallow cream.

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      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      Wow, what a blast from the past; I didn't know they were called "pie irons". Cool Lens!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Came back to post this rock and rye pie iron recipe and tutorial on FaceBook and Google+

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      They all sound yummy to me. Thanks for sharing, I learn a few things from this lens. :D

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      This sounds pretty tasty to me - I've never seen a pie iron before, though! Positively awesome! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      As I was reading, these sound faintly familiar to me. I think I have tasted these at some point when I was young. Very well done lens.

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      BenJacklin LM 

      6 years ago

      had never heard of this! looks delicious, I'll try it :)

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      hntrssthmpsn 

      6 years ago

      I'm one of those who had never heard of a pie iron, and now I have to try this!!! I love the story behind "Lala sandwiches!" A dear friend of the family is still known as "Germy" because my son took a while to learn to wrap his tongue around "Jeremy." Cool lens!

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      Image Girl 

      6 years ago

      YES! must get me one.... or one for my husband...

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      Nathalie Roy 

      6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I had no idea such a thing as a pie iron existed. Now I want one, that's amazing. I'd make cheese and figs iron pie.

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