A little late on the Memorial Day camping posts but hopefully as many of you know, pulling the photos off the camera onto the computer is a whole ritual in and of itself.
Pie irons are just about the most fun thing ever. I say that about all cooking tools I know, but the possibilities of pie irons are endless. Of course you can do basic pizza ingredients or PBJ or PB and Fluff, but coming up with different ideas for filling the pie iron is just plain fun.
This time around I gave a twist on the jalapeno popper a shot. Yes, it's really a grilled cheese with jalapeños in it but coming out of a campfire after a long day in the sun....well it's just magical food then.
In our house there was always a debate between the cheddar vs the cream cheese filled jalapeño poppers. Truthfully as I write that, I don't know which side of the fence I was on but I recall being adamant. Yes, so adamant that I have no idea which ones I like better. This pie iron creation doesn't make you choose.
A little cream cheese spread on bread, some slices of white cheddar and some jalapeño and all is well. I'd roasted and peeled the jalapeños at home. You can do this over the campfire as well, but as anyone who's ever touched their eye after peeling peppers knows, you should wash those hands really, really well. And then wash them two more times. Doing this at home ensured that I could wash and wash and wash my hands until my heart's content.
You can butter the outside of the bread for extra golden deliciousness. I opted for no butter but I don't necessarily stand by that decision. Butter is obviously better.
And of course, along with the cream cheese vs cheddar debate at our house was another one around whether poppers should be dipped in jam. I definitely know that I stand on the jam side of the fence. A bit of fruity sweetness is a perfect balance to the extra spiciness of this sandwich. Easy peasy camping eats that takes under 2 minutes to prepare.
No worries. Puppies don't really get jalapeños.