Dinner at the campsite doesn't always have to be a spread of hot dogs and hamburgers. Pie irons and tin foil packets are ideal for cooking with your kids, and together you can create a unique and satisfying meal.
Pie Iron Hot Sandwiches
Almost any hot sandwich can be cooked in a pie iron. For example, toasted cheese sandwiches—campfire version of grilled cheese—ham and cheese, or pizza sandwiches—pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Regardless of what you put between your bread, the toasting process is always the same. Follow the steps below:
- Choose your bread and make sure it fits in the iron.
- Butter the slices, and place them butter side out in the pie iron.
- Put it in hot coals for about 1 minute on each side, but check back to make sure the coals haven't heated up or cooled down.
- When your sandwich is done, open the hot pie iron carefully and remove sandwich.
When placing subsequent sandwiches in the hot pie irons, avoid burns by using gloves or hot pads.
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There are two tricks to this campfire cooking method that will make the difference between dry, burned food and tender, tasty meals.
- Double wrap your food using heavy-duty foil.
- Put butter in the packet with meat and vegetables to keep them from burning.
To start, place a large sheet of heavy-duty foil on the table. Add a square of butter and an uncooked hamburger patty or chicken breast. Let your kids add diced vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions, celery and peppers. Season as necessary, wrap the foil up like a packet, and make sure to seal all the edges so juices don't run out. Spread a second sheet of foil out and wrap the packet a second time.
Place it in hot coals and let cook for one hour, turning once to help the food cook evenly. Serve foil dinners with a side of greens or pasta salad to round out the meal.