A few years back, friends introduced us to campfire pie irons. Life improved on that day - especially for those (like us) who camp or have backyard fires on a regular basis. We have experimented with many possible things to put in these amazing, cast-iron pie irons since then and one of the best is -Quesadillas!
Quesadillas are pretty great to begin with, but pie irons kick them up a notch further. At their heart, both linguistically, figuratively and literally is Cheese! So you want to make sure you make a good choice. We opted for Ivanhoe 'Salsa' cheese - a Tex-Mex-tastic blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese with a salsa kick. This cheese could likely stand alone in the quesadillas, but we added a few other things - roasted red peppers and mango salsa specifically. Here's how it goes together.
- Campfire Pie Irons (at least 1, but we've found more than one to be a good idea in order to meet demand)
- Flour tortillas
- CHEESE (several varieties or the aforementioned Ivanhoe Salsa Cheese - they also have a Smoked Gouda - which would also be amazing!)
- Cooking spray
- Roasted red peppers, jalapenos, or any other favourite fillings
- Optional: precooked chicken, beef or bacon. We went vegetarian this time but go with whatever inspires you.
- Salsa - we love the one we can every year.
- Preheat the pie irons: After years of practice, we've found that putting the empty pie irons into the coals to preheat is the best way to start cooking. A couple minutes heats them through and gets them ready to go.
- Build your quesadillas: We use a slab of old wood on top of our picnic table to assemble the pie iron fixin's. You'll want something that can take the heat and char to avoid messing up your nice table. Open up the pie iron, spray the inside with cooking oil and place a tortilla on one half. Fill it with your favourite quesadilla stuff (lots of cheese - don't forget the cheese. Did we mention it's in the name?).
- Fold it up and get cooking: Fold your quesadilla up like a square burrito (this makes it look a little different than your standard quesadilla), carefully close and lock the pie iron and transfer it to some nice warm coals in your fire pit.
- Check your work! Since every fire is different, monitor the cooking carefully, We pull the pie irons out, sneak a peak inside and turn them over every few minutes depending on the fire. When they look browned and delicious on the outside, they're done.
- Transfer to a place to cool and eat! Return to your trusty board and open up your pie iron. Move the quesadilla off to a plate (and build another one - no point in wasting that hot pie iron and nice coals). After cooling for a couple minutes, cut into it and enjoy. Enjoy even more with a bit of sour cream on the side...