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Pudgy Pie Perfection: Campfire Sandwich Recipes for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

There's something magical about cooking over a campfire, and pudgy pies, also known as campfire sandwiches, bring a delicious twist to outdoor cooking. These toasted treats are easy to make and can be filled with an array of ingredients to satisfy any craving. Whether you’re in the mood for something savory or sweet, here’s how to create pudgy pie masterpieces that will elevate your camping cuisine.


First, let's make sure we are all on the same page. What is a pudgy pie?

Another name for a pudgy pie is a "campfire pie." Pudgy pies are also commonly referred to as "hobo pies," "toasties," or "jaffle," depending on the region or country. These names all describe the same delicious concept of toasted sandwiches or pies made over a campfire using a special pie iron.


Equipment Needed:

  • Pudgy pie iron – This is a must-have for creating these toasted delights over a campfire.



1. Classic Ham and Cheese Pudgy Pie

Ingredients:

  • Bread slices

  • Sliced ham

  • Cheese slices (cheddar or Swiss work great)

  • Butter or margarine

Instructions:

  1. Butter the outside of each bread slice.

  2. Place a slice of cheese and ham between two slices of bread.

  3. Place the sandwich in the pudgy pie iron, close it, and trim any excess bread.

  4. Cook over the campfire, turning occasionally, until the bread is toasted to your liking.


2. Pizza Pudgy Pie

Ingredients:

  • Bread slices

  • Pizza sauce

  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Pepperoni slices

  • Optional: mushrooms, bell peppers, onions

Instructions:

  1. Spread pizza sauce on the inside of each bread slice.

  2. Add cheese, pepperoni, and any other desired toppings.

  3. Butter the outside of the bread, assemble the sandwich, and cook in your pudgy pie iron.


3. Apple Pie Pudgy Pie

Ingredients:

  • Bread slices

  • Canned apple pie filling

  • Cinnamon sugar

  • Butter

Instructions:

  1. Butter the outside of each bread slice.

  2. Spoon apple pie filling onto the inside of one bread slice and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

  3. Place the other slice on top, cook in the pie iron, and enjoy a campfire dessert.


4. Breakfast Pudgy Pie

Ingredients:

  • Bread slices

  • Cooked bacon or sausage

  • Egg, scrambled and cooked

  • Cheese slice

  • Butter

Instructions:

  1. Layer the cooked egg, bacon or sausage, and cheese between two slices of bread.

  2. Butter the outside of the bread, and cook in the pudgy pie iron for a hearty breakfast.


5. S'mores Pudgy Pie

Ingredients:

  • Bread slices

  • Chocolate spread or chocolate bars

  • Marshmallows

  • Graham crackers, crushed

  • Butter

Instructions:

  1. Spread chocolate on the inside of one bread slice. Add marshmallows and sprinkle with crushed graham crackers.

  2. Butter the outside of the bread, assemble the sandwich, and toast until golden brown and melty.


Tips for Pudgy Pie Success:

  • Butter is Key: Buttering the outside of the bread prevents sticking and ensures a crispy, golden crust.

  • Don’t Overfill: While it's tempting to stuff your pudgy pie with fillings, too much can prevent it from cooking evenly.

  • Keep an Eye on the Fire: Cooking times can vary based on the heat of your fire, so keep an eye on your pies to prevent burning.


Pudgy pies are a fun and delicious way to enjoy your campfire. Experiment with different fillings to discover your favorite combinations. Happy cooking and happy camping!


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