Country Time: Mountain Pies
Memorial Day weekend is over, which means that summer has unofficially begin! And the weather is actually cooperating for a change - the last two days in PA have been warm and sunny, and the trees have FINALLY started growing leaves. It was a great weekend to go for walks and enjoy how green the mountains are becoming and how sweet the air smells. A farm several miles down the road from us has a heard of - forgive me, I don’t know what they’re called - brown cows with white heads, and this heard is always the last to drop calves each spring. Yesterday we finally spotted two baby cows in this herd, and there are probably more coming - it’s a large herd. Springtime/summertime out here is just gorgeous.
We celebrated Memorial Day at my parents’ place, cooking dinner over their outdoor brick fireplace, which meant hot dogs, kolbasi, and - the fireside staple - mountain pies!
Do you know what mountain pies are? I’m just now realizing that I didn’t take any pictures, and I don’t want to steal anyone else’s online, so if you’re unfamiliar - picture a grilled cheese sandwich, but filled with pizza sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni, smashed in a metal clamshell holder that you put into the fire to cook. That’s how we make ours, at least. You can add any pizza toppings you like. Or you can use pie filling and make crispy fruit pies. I’ve been wanting to try marshmallows and chocolate and make a s’mores one - I’ll try that next time. You can pretty much use anything you want that can be put between two slices of bread, and they are absolutely the best summertime food EVER. I always know it’s summer when we break out the mountain pie holders.
We haven’t had OUR first fire yet, but the fire pit is ready. I want to drag out my old hammock this year and set it up next to the fire, since it’s looking more and more like our backyard will be our vacation destination this summer and so we need to fancy it up. I told him this morning that we should look into getting a small swimming pool that we can just lounge around in to cool off. And maybe we need tiki torches, too (although I don’t think Casey will go for that).
What’s your favorite kind of mountain pie? Let me know in the comments!