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)
- 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.
Step 1: Gather your ingredients
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