Pie Iron Sandwiches with Jimmy Kennedy

By Jimmy Kennedy, & Justin Brouillard
Cook Ambassadors

Pie irons are a great tool to have when cooking outside over a campfire. Jimmy shows three great options for sandwiches including a dessert option.

Cooking With Pie Irons

I think it’s fair to say that pie iron cooking is more of a technique than a particular recipe. It’s like having a panini press, a waffle iron and a cast-iron skillet all on a metal stick, which I guess is exactly what it is. Pie irons are a relatively new way of cooking for me, but I’ve become a true believer only after a few uses. It’s as easy as everyone says, and there’s really no limit to what you can cook in them. To me, it’s like an omelet in that you can fill it with pretty much anything. 

The first, very important, step is to season your pie irons. It’s a good idea to season the pie irons inside and out but especially the inside. First, wash the irons with soap and water and dry well. When the irons are completely dry, rub or spray canola or vegetable oil all over the cast-iron pans. Next, put the irons into a hot fire and let “cook” for ten to fifteen minutes. After that, remove and let cool, then lightly coat the pie irons with oil again. 

When you’re ready to cook, butter whatever kind of bread you are using and place the bread buttered side down on the cast iron. Fill with whatever ingredients you are using and close and latch the pie irons. Place in the fire and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. 

Another thing about the pie irons is that you can check how the cooking is going. Just carefully open and take a peek. When it is toasted and golden brown remove from the fire, unlatch and open up the pie irons. Carefully remove the sandwich, pizza, quesadilla, pie, dessert or whatever else you might be cooking. Enjoy and welcome to pie iron cooking! 

Some Ideas To Get You Started

(these are just basic ideas and each can have many variations)

  • Breakfast sandwiches with waffles or pancakes for the bread
  • Cheese quesadillas
  • PB&J and banana on white bread
  • Grilled ham and cheese on sourdough 
  • Pizza using bread or store-bought pizza crust
  • S’mores
  • Apple pie using piecrust or bread
  • Tacos
  • French toast
  • Rueben
  • Grilled pimento and cheese

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