How to Make Mountain Pies | Campfire Sandwiches

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Years before I had even heard of a panini, I was making mountain pies on camping trips. My family had two 'mountain pie makers' or irons and they were a staple for any vacation and often a part of summer bonfires in the backyard.

When we got married, I decided it was time for my own mountain pie maker and we registered for one. As we've used it on our own camping trips, I've been shocked to learn how few people know about this beautiful thing.

You can find the irons at camping and outdoor stores and they come in a variety of shapes. I prefer the square shape and the tapered sides. My mom swears by Old Mountain.

Mountain pies are great for a group camping trip because everyone can make their own sandwich. We had a great time on a bigger trip making it into a competition to see who could make the best combination. There were some stellar pies, including:

- Ham, swiss, and mustard (Bavarian Mt. Pie)
- PB&J
- Blueberry jam and marshmallow
- "S'mores" Mt. Pie (marshmallow and chocolate with bread)
- Blueberry jam, banana slices, chocolate, and granola
- Monterey jack + salsa

...but my favorite is the classic pizza with sauce, shredded cheese, and some cut up pepperoni slices. That's what I'll show here in this Instructable.

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Step 1: Gather your ingredients

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In addition to the mountain pie iron and a good fire with a lot of hot embers, you'll need:

- Bread (best is square slices instead of rectangular ones)
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Pizza sauce in a squeeze bottle (Yup, this is a thing!)
- Pepperoni slices, or whatever other 'toppings' you'd like. Just remember if they're meat toppings that they should be precooked and ready to use

Cintka16 months ago

We call them Pudgy Pies, I love to make rueben pies , Kraut, corned beef , and swiss cheese!

acoens (author)  Cintka16 months ago

Pudgy Pies! That's fantastic!

Your rueben pies sound delicious. Must try next time :-)

Porschephile6 months ago

I just picked up one of the Rome's extra long double irons and took it camping last weekend - fantastic!

I had to spend 15 mins seasoning the iron in the fire but after that it was basically in use all weekend.

Even when you run out of bread it's like having two little skillets to cook in from the comfort of your chair. Great Ible, can't wait for next weekend now :)

You can also do tacos with tortillas and leftover taco meat/cheese etc.

acoens (author)  Porschephile6 months ago

Thanks for the kind words, Porschephile! Taco mountain pies would be delicious :-)

ijtw697 months ago

We've cooked hamburgers with our mountain pie makers too. No bread. a thin hamburger patty, slice of onion, and another thin patty. Cook each side for 2 or 3 minutes and check for doness. I also made breakfast by breaking up sausage and some tater tots; Cook until done, then add an egg or two. Your only limit is your imagination...

acoens (author)  ijtw696 months ago

I love these suggestions!

Just as a caution, though this might not matter in your case: If you're cooking meat directly on the cast iron, you just need to be careful to warn any non-meat eaters before they have future mountain pies as the fats and oils may linger. Some people are more sensitive to it than others.

ijtw697 months ago

When we make mountains pies; we like to lightly butter the outside bread. This helps it not to stick and makes it a nice golden brown. Putting the pizza sauce in a condiment/squeeze bottle makes it a lot less messy.

acoens (author)  ijtw696 months ago

Ah yes, butter or a spray oil like PAM definitely help to release the bread!

And I completely agree about the squeeze bottle :-) I make my own sauce for regular kitchen cooking for the rest of the year but usually cheat and get the Contadina pizza squeeze sauce for camping and mountain pies.

pi526 made it!7 months ago

We had a backyard campfire 2 nights ago and made pizza mountain pies for dinner. Thanks, acoens, for the delicious instructable!

acoens (author)  pi5266 months ago


Thanks for sharing your mountain pie photo, pi526!

Bubbler9 months ago

Winter has just begun where I am, and this post has reminded me to get cracking on a camp fire in the yard. I have the same style iron as yours, but only I have two of the double irons. This means I can get two pies going in the fire, and then turn to the other double iron, and set up two more pies. It helps with the craving the crowd seem to get. Haahaa.

acoens (author)  Bubbler9 months ago

Sounds like you have an assembly line going! That's terrific.

lstephens69 months ago
Seasoned Pulled pork and provolone.
acoens (author)  lstephens69 months ago

Oh goodness, that sounds awesome! I bet some hot peppers (banana or jalapeno) would be excellent with pulled pork and provolone, too.

parcord9 months ago
I tried peprer jack and salsa and it is good to
acoens (author)  parcord9 months ago

Oh, good combo! If you eat meat, that would be delicious with some pre-cooked chicken.

matthewabel9 months ago

We have a double-sized one that doubles as a hot dog cooker. Cast iron ones - the aluminum ones have worn out far too quickly for our needs. These are terrific and fun for the kiddos.

acoens (author)  matthewabel9 months ago

Cast iron is the way to go! I loved making these as a kid and they're just as fun now :-)

Hobo pies here in Michigan. We mix cream cheese and sugar for a sauce and then add cherry or apple pie filling.

acoens (author)  Lightningdog20139 months ago

That sounds delicious! I'm loving all these recipe suggestions.

Blue42Eagle9 months ago
I've always known them as hobo pies here in Michigan
acoens (author)  Blue42Eagle9 months ago

Ah yes! Did you also make 'hobo packs'? We used different things based on what was handy but usually some combo of potatoes, ground beef, carrots, onions, mushrooms, and seasoning wrapped up in foil and thrown in the fire.

dlindow9 months ago
I got one of these at a garage sale and later bought another. I sautéed some apples in a pan with butter, sugar, and cinnamon, then put them in the pie iron filling those crescent roll dough- THOSE WERE AWESOME! The leftovers make a great breakfast to go!
acoens (author)  dlindow9 months ago

You just made my next camping trip 50 times more delicious! Awesome suggestion :-)

We tried pancakes but the batter was too thin (we hilariously failed) but I was thinking savory breakfast would be good: hash browns, bacon, onion, peppers, etc. So many options!

jdgreen9 months ago
We call them pudgy pies and put some pie filling in there instead
acoens (author)  jdgreen9 months ago

Oh I like that name! We've used cherry and apple pie filling before. Tasty.

nodcah9 months ago
I've never heard of these before, and now I know what I am missing out on! Nice instructable!
acoens (author)  nodcah9 months ago

Thanks again, nodcah!

jsrubianoch9 months ago

Nice and made me want to eat haha. Keep your work up!

acoens (author)  jsrubianoch9 months ago


craftclarity9 months ago

These look mighty tasty!!

acoens (author)  craftclarity9 months ago

They're amazing! I often find myself as the mountain pie ambassador and they have yet to disappoint :-)