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How To Cook Crescent Pies And Crescent Pockets Over A Campfire

Created July 20, 2021
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Campfires are a classic summer activity, and your camping meal prep has never been easier. Use refrigerated Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rolls to create individual crescent pies or pockets that can be cooked over a fire using one of our favorite campfire cooking tools: A camp cooker.

If you're new to the world of camping, camp cookers consist of a cast-iron or cast-aluminum cooking iron that encloses food for cooking. The cooking iron is attached to two long handles that are hinged together to seal the iron shut for cooking.

While these pie irons come in square and round shapes, we recommend using square-shaped irons when cooking crescent pies and crescent pockets. This will give you more room to work with, so you can bake more servings in one sitting and add more delicious fillings!

Want to make your own campfire Crescent pockets? Let's get started!

  • First thing's first. Start with Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rolls. Remove dough from can, and separate into four, 6x4-inch rectangles, pressing the seams together.
  • Next, spoon around 1/4 cup of the sweet or savory filling of your choice into the center of each of the dough rectangles.
  • Fold the short end of dough over filling, and press together the edges, crimping with a fork to seal tightly.
  • Place your assembled crescent pie or crescent pocket into your lightly greased camp cooker, and latch shut.
  • Cook over medium heat (above hot embers), turning frequently for more even cooking and best results. Cook crescent pie or crescent pocket for 10- 15 minutes or until dough is cooked through.

It's easy as pie!

Crescent Pie Fillings

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When it comes to fillings, the only limit is your imagination! Make it sweet for a fun dessert, or savory for either a memorable snack or the centerpiece of your campfire meal.

A great place to start is with our Campfire Crescent Pizza Pockets. They easily come together into an entree the entire family will love. Stuff Pillsbury™ Original Crescent Rolls dough with cheese and your favorite deli meat, roast and serve with pizza sauce for dipping!

For dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth with our Campfire Crescent Apple Pies. Why not play with customizing the flavor by swapping in peach or cherry pie filling in place of apple?

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Tips for Making Crescent Pies

Consider these tips and tricks when making your pockets and pies.

When prepping, try not to overfill your crescent pies. Adding too much can cause your filling to ooze out while it cooks and lead to sticking or burning.

If you have access to more than one camp cooker, it's helpful to make multiple crescent pies or pockets at once. This is easier when you have another set of hands so get the family involved!

Pack hot pads, hot gloves or mitts, keep them on or have them nearby, while cooking and be careful not to handle hot camp cookers unprotected.

With enclosed cooking vessels like pie irons, it’s a good idea to occasionally check for doneness until you get your cooking method down. Keep an eye on foods cooked over the campfire to avoid any charring or burning of food. Be sure to turn and rotate pies throughout the process so every bite is cooked to perfection!

Depending on how hot your fire is, the cook time will likely vary. If you are reusing a camp cooker to cook subsequent crescent pies or pockets, the camp cooker will be hot and may take less cook time.

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Another cooking tip: Keep an eye on the fire as you’re cooking as you may need to physically move to another spot to maintain an even temperature for cooking. Monitor the heat intensity (or lack of) throughout the cooking time and adjust accordingly.

Once food is cool and ready to eat, serve cooked crescent pockets with a selection of your favorite dipping sauces. Pizza sauce, marinara, or ranch dressing are foolproof options for pizza pockets, and icing can be a fun treat to pair with your Crescent apple pies.

After use, keep your camp cookers in good shape by storing them clean and well-seasoned in a light coat in oil.

Lastly, get creative and have fun baking 'round the campfire!