The classic pie iron pizza includes buttered white bread, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. I decided I wanted to mix it up a little. While searching for ideas, I found some great variations on a classic pizza pudgie pie.
Quesadillas are one of my favorite things to make in our pie irons. Tortillas work really well in the pie iron, forming a pocket to hold ingredients without sticking. On our recent camping trip we made Pie Iron Fajita Quesadillas. At home, pre-cook peppers and onions in a skillet with a little fajita seasoning.
At camp, put the cooked vegetables and cheese between two flour tortillas in a lightly oiled pie iron. Tear off the edges of the tortilla after you close the pie iron. Then heat over the campfire until the cheese melts and the tortilla is lightly toasted.
Top with salsa and guacamole and enjoy!
Pie Iron Fajita Quesadillas
Makes 6, Vegetarian
3 bell peppers (some combination of red, yellow, orange or green)
1 large onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
Fajita seasoning, to taste
12 flour tortillas
6 slices cheddar
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers & onions and sauté until onions are translucent. Add fajita seasoning to taste and cook for an extra 2 minutes. Let cool and store in refrigerator or cooler.
Spray pie iron with cooking spray. Place a tortilla in one side of the pie iron.
Fill tortilla with cheddar slice and fajita mixture.
Top with another tortilla and close pie iron. Tear off the edges of the tortillas.
Heat pie iron over fire, turning occasionally, until the tortilla is toasted and the cheese is melted.
Release quesadilla from pie iron, using butter knife if necessary. Serve with salsa and guacamole.
Recently, we took our first family camping trip with our 9 month old baby, Everett. We weren’t sure if he’d enjoy his first camping experience, so we decided to camp for one night at Thomas Woods Campsite, less than an hour from our home. Thomas Woods is in the Marengo Ridge Conservation Area in Marengo, IL. If you’re looking to camp somewhere scenic and close to the Chicago area, I’d highly recommend Thomas Woods.
Marengo Ridge is just over 800 acres with five miles of hiking trails. Thomas Woods campground offers both car camping and hike in sites. On the early May weekend we camped there were only a handful of sites taken. We chose site 39, but there wasn’t a bad site in the campground.
We had a hard time keeping Everett on the blanket we laid out for him. At this age he just loves to explore and hates being confined (getting him into his car seat is a challenge). Everett spent a lot of time crawling around on the soft moss that covered the ground. He had a blast playing with the rocks, sticks and pinecones scattered about our site.
We took a couple hikes and spotted a good variety of early spring flowers. There were a few lookout points with sweeping views of the grasslands and surrounding farms.
Everett loves to raise his hands to show us that he’s “so big!” We brought along our clip-on high chair and tray, which worked well with the picnic bench at mealtimes.
To our surprise, Everett slept better in our tent than he does in his crib at home. I guess he liked being snuggled up between us in our double sleeping bag.
We packed light for this camping trip and managed to fit all our essentials plus our pup Lacy in my Jetta Sportwagen. We did bring our huge sleeping pads to make sure that Everett got a good night’s sleep. We kept our meals simple as well. We made veggie quesadillas in our pie iron for dinner and egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast.
Judging by his smiles, I think Everett had a great time. We’re looking forward to our next family camping experience.