5 Pudgy Pie Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip


by Wisconsin cheese

One of the best things you can do with your family this summer is take them camping. It’s the epitome of summer. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to turn off your cell phone, dress in sweats all weekend, steal time with your kids and spend the entire day tending to the campfire and cooking meals you don’t get at home.


One of the greatest camp food choices? The pudgy pie! They’re a Midwest campfire tradition, turning basic ingredients into something delicious and cheesy. Whether you’re around a campfire or (for the less adventurous) a backyard bonfire, any meal becomes a family-friendly activity with pudgy pies. It’s as easy as placing your favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert ingredients in a pie iron, locking it closed and then setting it over hot campfire coals until cooked to perfection (when you don’t burn them, of course!).


Add Wisconsin cheese and your pudgy pie combinations are practically endless. You can stick to the basics with a classic ham and cheese, cook up a pizza pie, go beyond with an apple, caramel and fontina dessert pie, or make your own creation with last night’s leftovers.

Whatever your inspiration, making pudgy pies is a fun, creative and delicious way to eat around the fire. Read on for our classic pudgy pie recipe and unique new options to try out on your next camping trip.

Classic Wisconsin Cheese Pudgy Pie
Servings: 1

1 tablespoon butter

2 slices bread of choice

1/4 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin cheese of choice, shredded


Cooking Directions:

Butter one side of each bread slice. Place one slice buttered-side-down into pie iron half. Pile cheese on center of slice and top with other slice, keeping buttered-side-up. Clamp pie iron closed. Heat over open fire, warm coals or heated grill, about 3-5 minutes per side. Carefully open pie iron and empty pudgy pie onto heat-safe surface, being careful not to touch hot iron. Wait for pie to cool, about 5 minutes, and enjoy!

Now that you’ve mastered the basics, try experimenting with different combinations of ingredients for new flavors. Here are four new variations we love:

Wake-Up Waffle Pockets

1 tablespoon butter

2 toaster waffles, thawed

1/4 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar, shredded

2 breakfast sausages, precooked

1/8 cup maple syrup


Apricot, Ham & Cheese

1 tablespoon butter

2 slices bread of choice

1 tablespoon apricot preserves

1/4 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin Swiss, shredded

2 thin pieces deli-sliced ham


Leftover Taco Pie

1 tablespoon butter

2 slices bread of choice

1 heaping tablespoon salsa

1/4 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin colby, shredded

1/8 cup leftover taco meat or sloppy joe meat


Dessert Pies

1 tablespoon butter

2 slices cinnamon raisin bread

2 thin red apples slices

1/4 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin gouda or fontina, shredded

1 tablespoon caramel sauce




Win a Pudgy Pie Set!

To inspire your campfire fun this August, we are giving away a Rome Industries Deluxe Pie Iron Set, which includes a square and round pie iron, a cookbook and storage bag, along with $50 worth of Wisconsin Cheese to two lucky winners – one chosen from the Wisconsin Cheese Facebook page and one from the Wisconsin Cheese Instagram account.

How to Enter:

From August 5 through August 9, there are two methods of entry. You are allowed to enter once through each:

1.) Visit the Wisconsin Cheese Facebook page, “like” the image of the pudgy pie inspiration (pictured above), and comment with the name of someone you’d like to share your Wisconsin cheese and pudgy pies with.

2.) Visit the Wisconsin Cheese Instagram account, “like” the image of the pudgy pie inspiration (pictured above), and comment with the name of someone you’d like to share your Wisconsin cheese and pudgy pies with. 

Official Rules:

  • Entrants must be U.S. residents age 18 or older.
  • Entries are limited to one per household, per method of entry.
  • One random entry from each method of entry will be chosen as the winner.
  • Entry period ends Sunday, August 9, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The winners will be announced within the same Facebook post and Instagram post on Monday, August 10, 2015.