How to Make Pie Iron Camp Food for Kids


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Pie Iron Recipes for Kids

Campfire Pie Iron Pizza
- more fun and easy camping recipes for kids that they can help make themselves… with just a little adult supervision.

Pie Iron Pizza is so easy the kids will want to do it on every camping trip. And it’s not just for dinner, it makes a great lunch or evening campfire treat too.

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Easy Pie Iron Pizza recipe

There is an “adult” version of this recipe that uses real pizza crust, and the more practical, “kids” version that uses buttered bread or biscuit dough.

The buttered bread version is the easiest and most fool-proof way to make pie iron pizza, but except for the “crust” used, the recipe is the same for all three crust options.


This campfire treat is cooked with a cast iron or aluminum pie iron, over medium campfire coals or flames.

Here is all you need for this camp or campfire treat:

*you should plan on two pizzas per camper

  • Pie Iron: Unless it’s just the two of you, one pie iron is never enough. You should have at least two, and a double pie iron speeds things up.
  • 2 refrigerated biscuit doughs per camper. (like Pillsbury, from the dairy section), or 2 pieces of bread
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded pizza cheese – provolone/Mozzarella blend
  • Dried oregano seasoning
  • Topping – you can use almost any topping your campers like; pepperoni, pre-cooked sausage, etc. etc. Or you can leave it as just cheese. (pepperoni is the most popular topping)



Tip: A good pair of campfire gloves is almost a must-have for any type of campfire cooking. Here is a guide to some good choices for campfire cooking gloves.

The basic steps:

  1. Heavily butter one side of each piece of bread
  2. Pie Iron Pizza pizza dough
    • For biscuit dough and pizza crust dough – heavily butter the pie iron instead
    • Biscuit dough: mash and pull the dough until it is flattened out to fit the inside of the pie iron – 1 biscuit for each side
    • Pizza crust: butter the pie iron, lay the dough inside one half of the pie iron, with an equal portion hanging over, (see image on right), then fold the back over the toppings before closing pie iron
       
    Pizza sauce and cheese on bread in a pie iron


  3. Generously spread pizza sauce on one side of bread.biscuit/dough – to suit your taste. Then add shredded cheese, and toppings if used. (see image)
     
  4. Spread more pizza sauce on the other piece of bread/biscuit, or flap of pizza crust. Season with oregano and garlic salt, then close pie iron. (for pizza crust – fold flap in, over cheese and toppings first)
     
  5. Trim off any excess ingredients when pie iron is closed.
  6. Cook over medium coals, or low campfire flame. *Caution: cooking over flame usually means burn pizza instead of faster cook time.
    • For bread pizza: after three minutes, rotate pie iron and cook for four more minutes
    • For biscuit and pizza dough: rotate after four minutes, and cook for five more minutes
    • *approx. times – use judgement – pie irons can be closed and re-cooked if you want more them more well-done, but essentially you are just toasting the crust and melting the cheese
       
  7. Open pie irons and use a spatula to remove pizza.
  8. CAUTION! Pie irons will be very hot. AND, the insides of the just-cooked pizza will be very hot! Do not let young kids try to handle them until they have time to cool – which should only be a few minutes.

Note: Olive oil or pan sprays can be used instead of butter/margarine.



Spoiler Alert!
Cheater’s Campfire Pizza using a Double Pie Iron

The video below shows a lazy cook’s “Cheater” version of a pie iron pizza. (calzone)

It may make you feel guilty, (because it’s so easy), but if you have a rectangular double pie iron – kids love the pizza calzones below even better than the ones made from scratch!



*The video did not mention this, but, make sure you let the pizza thaw before you try to fold it.


Colored Campfire FlamesTips:
 ★ Impress the kids and make the evening campfire and story time a colorful light show with colored campfire flames.

 

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Pie Iron for Campfire Cooking
Pie Irons for Campfire Cooking

If you go camping with kids, you should have at least one Pie Iron, (preferably one for each kid), in your camping cookware. They are versatile – you can make anything from grilled cheese sandwiches to instant fruit pies. And they are so safe and easy to use that you can let your young campers make their own fun camping recipes for kids.

Just pop in the ingredients, close, cook over the campfire, and out comes delicious sandwiches, or biscuit-dough fruit tarts, or dozens of other camp food choices.

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More Pie Iron Recipes for Kids

*Basic principle is the same for all recipes:- butter bread and/or spray oil pie iron, or use olive oil, and rotate pie iron while cooking. Most recipes also use 3 – 5 minutes per side cooking rate, but use your own judgement.

Campfire Desserts and Treats
Pie Iron Pies
Fruit Pies: Cherry – Apple – Strawberry
Ingredients: Your choice pie filling, bread, butter, sugar

  • Top one piece of buttered bread with pie filling – careful not to overflow it, 2 – 3 tbsp). Cap with second piece of buttered bread.
  • Close and cook as above, 3 minutes per side.
  • Place on plate and sprinkle both sides with sugar – while still hot.
Peanut Butter S’mores

Ingredients: bread, peanut butter, graham crackers, chocolate bars, mini-marshmallows

  • Thickly spread peanut butter on one piece of bread. Top with chocolate bar and mini-marshmallows, then cap with small broken pieces of graham cracker. Finish with second piece of bread.
  • Close and cook as above, 3 minutes per side.
Easy Lunch Pie Iron Sandwiches
Pie Iron Reuben
Ingredients: Rye bread, shaved corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, spicy mustard

  • Spread thin layer of spicy mustard on bread. Top with a generous portion of shaved corned beef, then a slice of Swiss cheese.
  • Spread a couple spoonfuls of sauerkraut over cheese, season with ground black pepper, then top with another slice of Swiss cheese.
  • Cap with second piece of buttered bread, (also with a thin smear of spicy mustard).
  • Close and cook as above, 3 minutes per side.
  • Place on plate and sprinkle both sides with sugar – while still hot.
Ham & Apple Grilled Cheese
Ingredients: bread, shredded cheddar cheese, shaved smoked ham (deli), apple slices

  • Spread a layer of shredded cheese on one piece of bread. Top with a generous portion of shaved ham.
  • Sprinkle a little more shredded cheese and add a layer of thin apple slices.
  • Top with another thick layer of shredded cheese, then cap with with second piece of bread. (remember, one side generously buttered)
  • Close and cook as above, 3 minutes per side.

More fun and easy camping dessert treat recipes for kids:

Campfire Desserts and Treats



Notes and discussions:
Camping with kids requires some camping gear and accommodations that you might not normally consider if just camping with adults.

*Note – all shopping links are my own Amazon affiliate links – which I only use to recommend good-quality camping gear – Gus

Here are a few items and resources that may prove helpful:

Bad Weather Survival Ideas for Camping with Kids:
Bad Weather? Kids confined to the tent? Save your sanity – be prepared with these games and activities to keep them occupied.

The links are for individual products, or the all-in-one bad weather kit. (as pictured)

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Available as an all-in-one kitJust click the image on the right to see a complete all-in-one Camping activities for Kids and camp games for kids Bad Weather Survival kit” – All you have to do is select the item quantities to match your number of kids!



Kid's Camping Flashlights

Save your strength, – every kid needs their own camp flashlight, instead of arguing who gets yours or who has had it the longest and who’s turn it is now.
(ps. this is a great camp light for kids, but you can just pick some up at the Dollar store if you want)
Kid’s Camping Flashlights

Tip: With young kids in camp, a portable camp toilet will make your life a lot easier. No interruptions for a long trip to the campsite bathrooms, and no “scary” after dark trips to the latrine in the woods. ps. You will be surprised how convenient and inexpensive portable camp toilets are. Here are some cheap portable camp toilets on Amazon. Check them out.

Check out these great examples of camping gear items useful for camping with kids. Once you have these pieces of camp gear included in your list of camping equipment, you will wonder how you ever did without them. Especially when you see how inexpensive they are when you buy them online.

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