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Campfire Cooking With Pie Irons

Susan has many years of experience working in restaurants, writing recipes, and planning campfire meals.

Cherry Pie-Iron Pie, an easy, healthy recipe you can cook on a fire pit in your backyard

Cherry Pie-Iron Pie, an easy, healthy recipe you can cook on a fire pit in your backyard

Family Owned/Operated Campground for Twenty-One Years

I cooked in a restaurant for two years and enjoyed using different techniques to take food to the next level. In this case, the next level is fun food for the whole family.

My family owned a campground for twenty-one years, and at night, gathering around a fire to trade pie-iron recipes was a hoot. Here I will share a few of my favorite nutritious recipes for you to enjoy.

Suzzycue demonstrates pie irons on a stove because she now resides in an apartment.

Suzzycue demonstrates pie irons on a stove because she now resides in an apartment.

My Utensils

The round pie iron you will notice in these pictures was handmade by a Mennonite blacksmith in Milbank, Ontario. I have had this pie iron and used it for about thirty years of fun times on a fire. The sqaure one I purchased at a hardware store in Florida. You can purchase pie irons in any hardware store for around twenty dollars.

A Breakfast Recipe

A pie-iron breakfast is a wonderful and easy-to-assemble camping meal for the morning.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

serves one person per pie


  • One medium cracked egg
  • Two slices of bread
  • One-half smoked cheddar sausage, already cooked
  • Dribble olive oil

Pie-Iron Breakfast Pie Instructions

  1. Clean iron and coat with olive oil or any oil you have on hand so that the bread won't stick to it.
  2. Take the bread and form into the iron with your fingers, making a pocket for the egg to sit in. Be careful the egg doesn't run out into the iron or the pie will stick onto the iron and won't easily drop out when it is done.
  3. Add the cracked egg into one side of the iron.
  4. Lay on the smoked cheddar sausage pieces on top of the egg.
  5. Then cover with the other slice of bread. Be careful to close up the iron and pull all the extra bread hanging out off. If you cooked this on a fire, the fire would burn it off. Then you squeeze the pie iron tightly shut and put into fire.
  6. Every few minutes you must open and check the pie to make sure it is toasted and not burned. Also when you are making this breakfast recipe, take the iron out of the fire and set it aside to rest for two minutes before eating (to make sure the egg is fully cooked).

Pizza Pie-Iron Pie Instructions

The instructions are basically the same as the breakfast ones.

  1. Clean and oil pie iron.
  2. Mold the bread into the iron with your fingers.
  3. Add all your favorite pizza toppings, starting with cheese, pizza sauce, yellow peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, or smoked sausage with cheddar, and then more pizza sauce squirted on top.
  4. Add other slice of bread, close the two sides up, and squish together tightly and cook 5 minutes each side.
  5. Plate together with your favorite dipping sauce. The one shown here is Frank's red-hot sauce, but you can use ranch or whatever you love.
Cherry Pie!

Cherry Pie!

Last, But Not Least, We Must Have Dessert

There are endless varieties of these pie iron desserts to make. You can use your own favorite homemade pie filling for the middle.

The instructions for this are the same as the other two recipes: Put the bread in, add fillings, smoosh, cook, eat!

As for ingredients, I used canned cherry pie filling, but you could put in apple pie filling with cheese. I remember my mom saying apple pie without the cheese is like the kiss without the squeeze.

The best dessert of all for our campfire desserts is... guess: S'MORES. S'mores are fabulous as a centre for a pie iron pie. S'mores are a piece of milk chocolate next to a marshmallow, then a graham cracker put over and over again, foil wrapped, and tossed into the fire. A rich gooey combination that works well in a pie iron.

Thanks for reading. Hope you give these recipes a try.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on August 03, 2012:

Thank you HendrikDB for your input from Africa. That is so cool that we share the same kind of cooking. Pie Irons would make great meat pies. I never thought of putting only meat in them. I like the name jaffles.

HendrikDB on July 30, 2012:

When I saw Pie-iron, I was baffled but when I looked at your photos (which is very professional) I realised I have two pie-irons in my kitchen, but here in South Africa we call it jaffle pan.

I use it regularly to make mince meat 'pies' or jaffles! Thanks!

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 29, 2012:

Thanks a lot PegCole17. I love making pie irons on the firepit. You can put whatever you want in them. The ones I mentioned are my favourites. One I didn't mention is strawberry,rhubarb, this is so yummy. The camping kids really love to do it also. We owned a camp gound for twenty-one years and this was a favourite way to cook with jiffy pop popcorn to top it all off.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 29, 2012:

These sound like so much fun to make sitting around the campfire or even the backyard grill or fire pit. I like the dessert pies but the pizza one would also be a nice break from regular camping food! You've given some great ideas here for group activities.

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 05, 2012:

Thank you Louie. It would be my pleasure to make you one.

louie on June 05, 2012:

This all sounds great, can't wait until I can try it.

I like the pie-iron idea, but have never used one.