Rome Industries Pie Iron – Square & Round:
I had carefully reviewed different brands of pie irons, and settled on this brand because it is the one used/recommended by the Wisconsin pie iron chefs who wrote the Pudgie Pie Revolution cookbook(s). And, we could not be happier! We have used this iron a few times over our charcoal grill & over a fire, and it has always produced perfect pies. But, I FIRMLY BELIEVE that what has contributed to our success was the purchase of the cookbook to go along with because it describes exactly how to prepare the food and pie irons according to what type of outer layer you’ll be using. Without the cookbook, we would’ve been lost. This is NOT an endorsement for the cookbook – I’m simply stating a fact.
SQUARE SIZE: This square pie iron is the perfect size to accommodate a full piece of bread, small flour tortilla, egg roll wrapper, etc. And, you want the outer layer to flow over the top of the iron so that when you clamp it shut, that extra layer around the edge forms a seal.
ROUND SIZE: Beware that this round pie iron is a little smaller than it’s cousin, the square iron. It cannot hold as much filling, so you need to be cautious of how much you put in it to avoid overflowing. But with that said, it can still accommodate a full piece of bread, small flour tortilla, egg roll wrapper, etc. And, you want the outer layer to flow over the top of the iron so that when you clamp it shut, that extra layer around the edge forms a seal.
DESIGN: There is a clamp closer to the handle that easily opens and closes the two halves of the pie iron. The other end of the pie iron folds completely off so you can prepare each half of the iron with your ingredients.
COOKING: We follow the instructions in the cookbook, but this iron only takes about three to five minutes on each side to produce an evenly cooked pie. And, because the latch allows you to open it while cooking, you’re able to see how the outer layer is doing.
CLEANUP: We use a nylon-bristled brush with warm water to clean the irons. When finished, we lightly run in some oil & sea salt. Cleanup is usually simply, unless the fillings spill out onto the iron, which shouldn’t happen if the pies are not overfilled.
PUDGIE REVOLUTION COOKBOOK:
This spiral bound cookbook provides essential details about how to ensure your pies turn out right. Sturdy pages with tons of colorful pictures and descriptions. And, it has recipes for pudgie pies that I never would’ve dreamt of, from sweet to savory; from breakfast – dinner – dessert. We recently made the Crab Rangoon recipe and it was stellar! We have picked out multiple other recipes to make in the near future and we always have this handy to use as our guide every single time. For people who want to make unique pudgie pies and have them turn out right, this is the cookbook to purchase. I keep waiting for the 2nd version to become available.
Overall: Excellent Purchase
Price paid: $53.14 (the 2 pie irons and cookbook)
Place purchased: Amazon
Link to Rome Industries website: Rome Industries
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