I’m a collector. Well, more of a hoarder, but when I get my act together and clean up I’m back to being a collector. I collect basically anything food related. Mostly vintage cookbooks, linens, antique glassware, serving-ware and odds and ends. But this little gadget was new to me, mostly because I’m not particularly outdoorsy: the cast iron pie cooker. It’s a tiny cast iron pan, double sided, with long arms, making it perfect for campfire cooking. The “pie” part references how you can stuff bread with anything you like and make a little hand pie, but honestly, the best thing you can make with this contraption is grilled cheese. The bread becomes thin and crisp, and the cheese pools in the center like molten lava swirling beneath the earth’s surface. It is awesome. So if you find yourself on the trail, and desperate for some comfort food, this is definitely the way to go.
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2 slices bread (something with a dense crumb, like white bread)
2 ounces cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon butter, softened
Make a sandwich with the bread, cheese, and honey. Spread the butter generously on the outside of the bread. Meanwhile, heat up your cooking iron over the fire. Carefully open the iron, add the sandwich, and shut the iron over it. The corners should get cut off by the iron at this point. Put the iron back over the heat and cook for about 5 minutes a side (open to make sure it’s golden brown before removing the sandwich). With a butter knife, remove the sandwich carefully (it’s hot!) and let it cool for a minute before you bite into the molten cheese. Enjoy!