its most basic function, a pie iron is a way to cook grilled cheese sandwiches
and fruit pies over an openfire. This is done by placing the food (in the
above cases, two pieces of buttered bread with cheese or fruit filling)
inside a cooking compartment formed by two metal casting that hook together
using a hinge. Metal rods with wood handles extend from the castings so
the user can easily maneuver the pie iron over a campfire. A few minutes
over the heat and a perfectly toasted sandwich or pie emerges from the cooker.
Of course if that's all there was to a pie iron, this site wouldn't exist, you wouldn't be reading this and we probably wouldn't have been making them since the early 60's. What the pie iron really does is bring together family and friends around a campfire to enjoy easy to cook snacks in a fun and inclusive environment.
We offer designs in both materials and in several different styles - round, square, double sized, plain or Teflon coated (on aluminum). Additionally, we make use specific designs such as a waffle iron, burger & meat griller and a bratwurst/corn bread iron. Go to the Designs page for more product details.
Regardless of material or shape, all of our pie irons are made using top quality components such as chrome plated rods and long hardwood handles and are assembled with care to give you the best campfire cooking experience.
Some of the international pie iron relatives include:
Jaffle Iron - This Australian design was developed around the same time as pie irons in the United States. Originally a brand name, the jaffle iron is now the common name for hinged cavity cooking in Australia, South Africa, and Indonesia. In these countires, any pressed or grilled sandwich may be referred to as a "jaffle."
Panini Grill - Although Panini literally means sandwich in Italian, what it generally refers to is a sandwich that is placed between a two-part grill and pressed to make a tight, flavor packed sandwich about ¾" to 1" thick. Popular in Italian bars and cafes for ages, grilled panini sandwiches are now common street food throughout Europe.
Toasties - The name for pie iron style sandwiches in the U.K.
Sandwich Cubano - Grilled and pressed flat, the sandwich cubano is popular not only in Cuba but throughout Florida as well. Although there are many sandwich variations, the classic consists of swiss cheese, ham, roast pork, salami, sweet pickles & mustard.
American Variations - Here at Rome we refer to all of our
irons (aluminum & iron) as Pie Irons and use it as our trademarked product name. It seems, however that everyone
seems to have their favorite name for them. The most common ones being Pudgie Pies,
Mountain Pies, Hobo Pies, Sandwich Cookers, and Pie Shams.
In the end, it makes no difference what you call them, as it's the final
result that counts - a smile on the face and a full stomach.