Hello friends, today I am sharing these Pie Iron Ham & Cheese Crescents with you. My kids love comfort food when we are camping in the great outdoors. Grilled cheese is usually a staple at home so why not bring this family favorite along for the ride? With a few simple ingredients we can create a quick, easy Pie Iron Ham & Cheese Crescents that the kids love!
I love taking as much of the work as possible out of meal prep while camping. To that end I often purchase pre sliced cheese and meat as well as bread in a can LOL. Pizza dough, biscuits and these crescent rolls are a fun change from the traditional loaf of bread. But two slices of bread would totally work for this recipe as well! So if you are a traditionalist… go for it! *wink*
I love Pie Irons for cooking while camping. We also call them camp cookers. It is essentially a cast iron sandwich maker that you can heat over the open fire. We use it year round and it works like a charm over the propane fire as well (whenever there is a fire ban in place). You can purchase a Pie Iron straight from Amazon (aff link) or find them at Canadian Tire or other outdoor specialty stores.
For this simple camping recipe you will need…
Sliced cheddar cheese
Pillsbury crescent rolls (or a loaf of bread)
Non-stick cooking spray (optional)
How to make pie iron ham & cheese crescents:
Spray the interior of the pie iron with non stick spray.
Layer 1 crescent, 1 slice of cheese, 1 piece of ham, 1 slice of cheese and 1 cresent.
Close and latch the pie iron.
Cook over the fire, opening the iron to check progress periodically.
Cook for approximately 5 mins per side depending on how hot the fire is.
With crescent dough it is best to cook slowly over low heat to bake the dough adequately.
More tips for camping meal preparation:
- Prepare meals in advance at home whenever possible. Leave most of the mess at home where running water is more accessible and clean up is easier. Trust me on this one!
- Create “one pot” family style meals for quick dinners that don’t require a lot of thought.
- Use tinfoil packets, foil pie pans or camp cookers (aff link). These tools help to make clean up a breeze!
- Pack ingredients in 1 gallon size ziploc bags for flexible storage in small fridges and coolers.
- Plan meals that use similar ingredients to help make packing and planning easy. These Cheesy Vegetable Campfire Dip, Loaded Campfire Potatoes and Tinfoil Packet Nacho Dip recipes are some of my favorites.
Mmmm I can almost taste the melty cheese and ham hidden within each crescent pocket! Yum, yum! For more tips be sure to check out my how to use a pie iron post.