We love a good pie iron breakfast bake and oh my gosh you guys!!! This Pie Iron Breakfast Bake is so, so good! I mean, I am trying to figure out how to recreate it at home without a campfire as we speak. Just look at that ooey, gooey goodness! This is the perfect, hearty meal for mornings in the great outdoors.
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This camping recipe only requires a little bit of prep work. Sliced cheese, sliced ham and a loaf of bread can all be easily purchased and packed. Fried eggs can be somewhat trickier. You can either fry them on a skillet while camping or cook them at home like I do.
I try to keep clean up to a minimum while camping so pre-cooking ingredients for meal planning is a must around here. It is really easy to simply fry up a few eggs before we head out of town. I allow them to cool before storing in a Ziploc container and in the cooler or fridge. This makes for quick Pie Iron Breakfast in the morning!
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Our camp cooking essentials:
- A Pie Iron Camp Cooker makes cooking over the open fire super easy. Check out these 20+ Pie Iron Recipe Ideas for tons of camp cooker inspiration! Or visit my how to use a pie iron post for tips.
- Foil Pie Plates make tinfoil packet meals even easier with the sturdy base that they provide.
- These Grilling Bags that I recently found are amazing! Simply add all of your ingredients to the bag at home then throw it on the campfire or grill when camping in the great outdoors. Avoid the grill bags with plastic windows, they melt.
- We love these BBQ Cooking Gloves because they make handling campfire food a whole lot safer!
I love Pie Irons for cooking while camping. We also call them camp cookers. It is essentially a cast iron sandwich maker that you can heat over the open fire.
We use it year round and it works like a charm over the propane fire as well (whenever there is a fire ban in place). You can purchase a Pie Iron straight from Amazon or find them at Canadian Tire or other outdoor specialty stores.
Tips for cooking with a camp cooker:
- When cooking with a camp cooker, begin by applying non stick cooking spray or oil to the inside of both cooking plates. This step is important so that your delicious meal doesn’t stick to the plates and burn.
- Place your recipe ingredients into the cooker before closing and latching it.
- Cook the recipe over an open fire. We recommend placing the cooker over the fire for two minutes before unlatching, checking for doneness and flipping the cooker over to cook the other side.
- Use caution when handling both the metal latch and handles as they can become hot while cooking.
How to make this pie iron breakfast bake:
- Loaf of bread
- Sliced cheese
- Sliced ham
- Fried eggs
- Butter or margarine (optional)
- Non-stick cooking spray (optional)
1. Spray the interior of the pie iron with non stick spray.
2. Butter the outside of two pieces of bread (if desired).
3. Layer 1 piece of bread (putting buttered side on the pie iron side), cheese, ham, egg and another piece of bread.
4. Close and latch the pie iron.
5. Cook over the fire, opening the iron to check progress periodically.
6. Cook for approximately 5 mins per side depending on how hot the fire is.
These are a huge kids with the kids and I love that they are eating a pretty big “meal” in the morning. It gives them fuel and a good start to running around and dirt biking all day.
Tips for camping meal preparation:
- Prepare meals in advance at home whenever possible. Leave most of the mess at home where running water is more accessible and clean up is easier. Trust me on this one!
- Create “one pot” family style meals for quick dinners that don’t require a lot of thought.
- Use tinfoil packets, foil pie pans or camp cookers. These tools help to make clean up a breeze!
- Pack ingredients in 1 gallon size freezer bags for flexible storage in small fridges and coolers.
- Plan meals that use similar ingredients to help make packing and planning easy. These Cheesy Vegetable Campfire Dip, Loaded Campfire Potatoes and Tinfoil Packet Nacho Dip recipes are some of our favorites.
- Use my blank printable meal plan or camping meal plans to help organize your next trip.
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