Recipe Do you know what a pie iron or sandwich iron is?

Discussion in 'Recipes' started by tacmotusn, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    As someone who spent time as a Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Explorer I enjoyed many camping trips. One device that amazed me was a "pie iron" or "sandwich iron". Some very enjoyable edibles were produced with this simple device.

    Here is one example, Rome's #1705 Square Pie Iron with Steel and Wood Handles: Kitchen & Dining priced at $14.34. Today you can find many variations.

    The following recipe instantly brought to mind what a wonderful quick and easy Apple Pie for one or two that could be produced in a very primitive environment with this Jam and a couple slices of bread, and a pie iron.

    Amazing Apple Pie Jam

    1 lemon
    6 cups mixed red and green apples (about 7 medium sized
    1 cup water
    1 tablespoon butter
    3 cups sugar
    2 cups packed light brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


    Zest lemon into a small bowl. Set both zest and lemon aside for later use.

    Add water, butter, and juice from 1/2 of the lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) to a stockpot or large saucepan.

    Wash the apples, but do not peel. Remove the cores by quartering each apple lengthwise and cutting into each quarter on an angle.

    Using a food processor, finely chop the apples, with the skins on, until you have 6 cups in total. Add each chopped cup of apples directly to the lemon-water to prevent the fruit from browning.

    Add lemon zest and cook apples over medium-low heat until apples are soft, about 10 minutes. Stir frequently.

    When apples have softened, bring mixture to a rolling boil, and add in sugars, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

    Return mixture to a rolling boil and stir constantly for 7-10 minutes, or until mixture begins to thicken up.

    Ladle hot jam directly into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Place lids on jars and screw caps into place.

    Process jam jars for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

    Remove from water bath and set jars down in a cool, draft-free place to cool completely before moving to the refrigerator. (Jam will continue to set overnight in the fridge.)

    3 , pint-sized (16 oz) mason jars - the third jar will fall a wee bit short with the amounts listed above.
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  2. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I grew up with them as camping, and scouting gear. I have a few, also telescoping forks, and a full set of skewers for both campfire and grill. They will pack easily and cleanly in a 4" piece of schedule 40 PVC pipe with caps on both ends. add a handle to the side, and it is very portable. :D
  3. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    I have not had anything to eat today, just a big mug of coffee (my norm). Posting this recipe and the info/idea about the pie iron got my mind spinning out ideas. Some time ago I posted a bacon bourbon jam recipe. I was just thinking, I wonder how delicious 2 slices of good homemade sourdough or whole wheat buttered bread, with a generous dollop of bacon bourbon jam and one egg, and or not, a slice of cheddar cheese would taste done in a pie iron?
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  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Research is required.;)
  5. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    And they are Racoon Proof.
  6. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Illini Warrior

    there's a few web sites devoted to pie iron recipes and cookery .... makes a great "hot pocket" type sandwich
  7. wastelander

    wastelander Bad English, bare with me

    Look like what granny makes waffles in :) I need me one of those! It might require a licence though since they look like they could be used as a weapon.

    This is the style of waffle-iron I mean: vaffeljarn.
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  8. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    Being an full timer in an RV, we have a set of irons. Have made jelly filled sandwiches, pizza sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, egg and cheese sandwiches. Good stuff.
  9. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Illini Warrior

    the Pam spray cooking oil came on the market when we were finishing up the regular use of pie irons ... found the product was handy keeping the pie/sandwich sticking problem limited
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  10. vonslob

    vonslob Monkey++

    Rome make the best pie irons. Spray cooking oil is a must imo for a pie iron. The sky is the limit with a pie iron. Canned pie filling, cream cheese. Pepperoni, cheese, and sauce. Stewed apples and cheddar cheese. You can use it over coals on a campfire, use charcoal briquets(?), over a one burner or two burner stove. They are a neat cooking tool.
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