I Love Cooking Things That Melt
I Love Eating Things That Melt.
I don't have the foggiest idea why I like things that melt as much as I do. Most of the time all I hear is bad things about them. Cheese, for one, tops my list of things that melt that I love to cook with. Grilled cheese or pizzas loaded with cheese - to die for. There are other things as well.
Chocolate - who doesn't like chocolate? Anything with chocolate. I try and limit myself to using only dark chocolate these days as a way to curb my habit. At least it gets me through a grocery line without grabbing a milk chocolate bar.
Marshmallows - brings back the kid in me and scenes of campfires and roasting marshmallows and digging gooey mess out of your hair.? Mix that with melting chocolate and graham crackers - You get s'mores. I wonder who invented that campfire treat.
I'd like to show you something that I remember from my past that would allow you to indulge all your melty goodness treats whether you are at home or camping. As well, I'll give you some of my recipe twists, tips and secrets.
I don't have any pictures of cooking over the fire with pie irons because sadly I don't have one yet but after reminiscing about these campfire wonders I'm bound to get a set or two to use again. Then I'll be adding my own pictures.
An Amazing Collection Of Pie Irons
You can't beat this little device for making melted cheese sandwiches over a campfire.
I lied - you can beat it by doubling up the fun. You can never have just one cheese sandwich anyways
My first memory of campfire pie irons was a round one my Mom had. She used it at home over the BBQ as well as camping.
Lot's more recipes and ideas are located here.
This just helps keep things a bit neater in the camping kit.
Ooey Gooey Pizza Fun.
Who doesn't like pizza. It is something you can make for everyone so that everyone has their own version. Custom pizza parties are fun.
There is lots of different pizza crusts to choose from. Make your own, buy prepared pizza shells or use soft corn or flour tortilla shells. They all work.
When making pizza, it is all about the layers. Start with the crust which ever you choose, then add a layer of cheese. next your choice of sauce and toppings followed by another layer of cheese and finally another crust layer. Place between the oiled campfire pie irons. Close and clamp and put on the fire. Cooking time depends on your choice of crust and toppings.
Again with the ooey gooey melty cheese being used as glue to hold the pizza together. Cheese is good for that. And of coarse making cheese strings when you take a bite and pull it away from you. All in good fun of course.
There Are Things Everyone Does
and then there is me.
As we explore the wonderful world of things that melt you have to know this. I am different. I do things different mostly because I've always done things different. I hate being told what to do or how to do something. There are always different ways to achieve the same end.
Even the lowly grilled cheese sandwich gets spiked a few times. One time it my be with onion or garlic or even spicy mustard. It is never just a cheese sandwich.
Cooking over a campfire (or backyard BBQ) using a set of pie irons is simply joy. Butter the bread and place butter-side down in the open pie irons, add your seasonings, cheese , ham and whatever else you care to throw in. Close and lock the irons and place on the fire. A few minutes each side and you're done. You'll have to time it yourself as every time you do the fire will be different but that's half the fun.
Secret: Sprinkle a bit of instant mash potatoes on the buttered side of the grilled cheese sandwich before placing in the pie irons. Adds a crust to it that you'll enjoy.
Things That Melt Tip
When making your own pizza - start with a layer of cheese then toppings then dabs of sauce followed by more cheese. This allows you toppings to get glued to the crust so when you pick up a slice the toppings don't fall into your lap.
Everybody Want S'more
they melt and get inot everything - hands, hair, clothes and smiles.
When my mother was cooking around the campfire with 4 kids in tow she had to make it fun or we would be scattered. My older brother lost interest very quickly, I was more interested in nature than food and my younger brother was always wandering off looking for either of us. My sister just made a fuss no matter what we did.
The only time we were together doing the same thing was when she was cooking special prizes with her pie irons. You never knew what would come out until you ate it. She would make a bunch of stuff up ahead of time and just cook them in the pie irons and they all came out looking the same, golden brown and crispy and just the right size for little hands to hold.
It didn't matter what you got as long as it was cooked in the campfire.Grilled cheesefried baloney peanut butter and bananaplain strawberry jams'morescinnamon toastpizza pockets.... so much more
I use a campfire pie iron to my my s'mores. Roasting the marshmallows and melting the chocolate between graham wafers is time consuming, messy and a waste if you slip or spill stuff. Using the pie iron solves this problem.
- 2 graham wafers squares
- 2 marshmallows - cut in half
- chocolate - dark - can be chips wafers or grated.
- 2 slices white bread - buttered on both sides
- dark brown sugar
- cinnamon to taste
- I combined making cinnamon toast and s'mores into one ooey gooey mess.
- Butter your bread on both sides and lay them in the pie irons. Spread brown sugar and cinnamon on the buttered bread. The next layer is graham cracker them marshmallow followed by chocolate.
- On the other side of the pie iron is a layer of buttered bread, sugar, cinnamon and a graham cracker. Its the second graham cracker that let's you close the pie iron and not loose all the sugar,
- Close the pie iron and lock it and cook for 2-3 minutes a side until golden. You'll have to gauge the time yourself accordingly depending on your fire.
- When you squeeze the layers together and heat them the bread sort of melts away to make a compact package that is not really messy until you bite into it. Sure its lot's of sugar but you only need one... in most cases.
Taking Care Of You Cast Iron Pie Irons - - More what not to do than do...
Never wash you cast iron pie irons in soapy water.
Just scrub with a stiff brush - they make copper wire cleaning brushes just for cast iron. They work the best. Use only hot clear water - no soap. Let dry or use paper towel to dry and oil with either vegetable oil or spray with cooking oil. Wipe off the excess and you are good to go.
Before you use your pie irons the first time, you need to season them.
If you buy them new, before you use them you need to season them. Depending on what brand you buy you may have to deal with a wax coating they have for protection until you season them. Some models come pre-seasoned.
1: If you have an unseasoned set of pie irons that have a wax coating you need to melt the wax and then was with hot soapy water. The only time soap should be used on cast iron Rinse well in clear hot water and let dry.
Note: Notice the bottom left of the photo - the unseasoned side has wax on it. This is the only time you wash in hot soapy water.
2: Coat all the cast iron parts with lard or vegetable shortening then place over a hot fire or in a cover BBQ. No flames - just hot coals. Place inside up first so the grease melts and pools into the shell. Cook for about 5 minutes then flip over and cook for another 5 minutes.
3: Take out and let cool until you can touch safely.
4: Repeat coating and baking 3 or 4 times until you get a nice dark seasoned coating on the cast iron.
If you take care never to use soapy water on your irons you may not need to season more than once a year (depending how often you use them. If you see spots of rust or food is sticking too much them clean them up and do a seasoning again but you need only do one or two coatings this time.
Never wash you cast iron pie irons in soapy water