Easy Pizza Pudgy Pies


Pudgy Pie

Whether you live in Wisconsin or elsewhere, camping really is the ultimate summer activity. It’s one of the best, most memorable ways to spend time with your family during these precious warm months! One of the best parts of a camping trip? Campfire cooking! No excursion is complete without spending an entire day tending to the campfire and cooking meals you don’t get at home.

One of the greatest campfire food choices, in our humble opinions, is the pudgy pie! They’re a Midwest campfire tradition that turns 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 into a super cool-looking pie iron(available for purchase here), locking it closed and then setting it over hot campfire coals until cooked to perfection (but be careful-no one likes a burnt pie!).

Whether you’re camping or just firing up the backyard pit, pudgy pies are a summertime must. Just fill the bread in your pie iron with your favorite pizza toppings and plenty of Wisconsin cheese, and dinner is served! Even better? Everyone can customize their own pudgy pie! Offer a variety of ingredients that appeal to both kids and adults:

  • Olives
  • Peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Onion
  • Spinach
  • Sausage
  • Pepperoni
  • Pizza Sauce

Then combine melting cheeses, such as Monterey jack and cheddar, with more flavorful cheeses like blue cheese and feta. Add a little extra spice with flavored cheeses like pepper jack and tomato basil feta. Whatever your inspiration, making pudgy pies is a fun, creative and delicious way to eat around the fire.

Tip! To get the perfect pudgy pie, spread your bread with butter before placing it in the pie iron to prevent sticking.

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