Tuesday, July 27, 2010



This recipe is great for a summer outing, camping or just a lazy day at home. It's easy to make and gets better the longer it sits
Poor Man's Ham Salad never contained any ham, just bologna. We use this salad to make pudgy pies when we are camping. At home we put it open-faced under the broiler just until bubbly.!


1 lb chunk of your favorite bologna
3 hard-boiled eggs, finely chopped
9 ounces of processed American cheese
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
1/4 cup real mayonnaise, Miracle Whip or combine them


**Do not use Velveeta for this recipe, it does not store well.**
I suggest a food processor for this recipe unless you prefer a meat grinder. Use a large bowl with tight lid for storing.
Take all the bologna out of the packaging and quarter.
Cut the cheese & quarter as well.
Place half the meat and half the cheese in processor and pulse until semi-chunky. It should look spreadable. Scoop the mixture into a large bowl.
Add remaining bologna and cheese, process.
Place rest in the large bowl and add chopped eggs, relish & mix well.
Add 1/2 of the mayo, stir. You can choose the consistency. If you prefer add the rest of mayo
Serve on a hamburger bun, sandwich bread, or crackers.
Store remaining spread in fridge, it can last up to one week.


If you're a camping enthusiast and have cooked over an open fire, chances are you've had a pudgy pie. If you're new to the scene, or have just never happened upon these tasty treats, the concept is quite simple. Pudgy pies are ingredient-filled "pockets" of bread toasted over a campfire. They're versatile, easy, and fun to make for the whole family. Follow the steps below, and you'll be an expert pudgy pie maker in no time


Pie iron
Fillings of choice
Campfire stories


Step 1
Buy a pie iron. To make a pudgy pie, you will first need a pie iron, commonly referred to as "the pudgy pie maker." Think of the pie iron as a sandwich maker on a stick. It is basically two cast iron or aluminum pieces that fit together with a hinge. Each piece has a handle, and the handles can be latched together. Pie irons can be purchased where outdoor camping gear is sold.
Step 2
Build a campfire. Pudgy pies do best over a hot bed of coals. Try to start your campfire an hour early to let it burn down.
Step 3
Build your pie. Butter a piece of bread and lay it on the iron, butter side down. Cover your bread with any filling you choose. Butter the second piece of bread and lay it on the filling, butter side up. Bring the top of the iron over the bread and filling until it meets with the bottom iron. If your pudgy pie maker has a latching device, latch it now, if you choose.
Step 4
Cook your pie. You can cook your pudgy pie much like a marshmallow; just hold the pie maker over the campfire. Or, if you have a grate over a fire pit, lay the iron over the grate. Cooking time varies depending on the temperature of the fire. Cook your pie for one minute, flip it over and cook another 30 seconds. Open the iron and take a peek. If your bread is toasty brown, it's ready. Remove it from the iron, let cool, and enjoy!
Step 5
Use some creativity. Add whatever ingredients you want to your pudgy pie. Add pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni and make a pizza pie. Toss together some eggs, ham, and cheese and you'll have an omelet pie. Add some apple pie filling and make an apple pie...pie. If you're on the last day of a camping trip, add leftovers and make a surprise pie. The sky's the limit.

1 comment:

Pokey said...

I remember a friend of mine bringing this to a church dinner, and I thought she cheated when she told me it was bologna, not ham.
But, it sure was good!