OK, given yesterday’s adventure resulted in our bringing home our very own All Season Solar Cooker, I decided it was time to finally try it out. (“Let’s find out what this Galaxy Class Starship can do!”). 8)
Ham & Cheese Impossible Pie
- Hormel Smoked Ham (small 5 oz can)
- 1/2 cup finely diced onion
- 1 cup finely shredded cheese (we like Mexican blend)
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup Bisquick (or other self-leavening pancake/baking mix)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- garlic powder
Grease pan, (I use Canola oil spray). On cutting board, finely dice ham – layer it on bottom of pan. Next add a thin layer of finely chopped onion, then a layer of cheese. I used a full cup of Mexican blend and could have added more. At this point, I gave everything in the pan a light dusting of garlic powder “just because”. 😉
Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl first, then add milk and eggs. I beat the mix for about 2 minutes with a whisk, guess you should use your electric mixer on high for about 1 minute if you go that route.
Carefully pour the mix over your pan – do not over-fill like I did on my first attempt. 😉 Personally, I believe the consistency will be better if you only fill the pan about half way up or just over that.
Arrange in your Solar Cooker – in a Global Solar Oven or equivalent I would estimate the cooking time to be about one hour of great sun like we are having this weekend. In our ASSC it took about 1 hour and 15 minutes – the really great thing about cooking with sunshine with either the oven or reflector style, you won’t burn anything.
Notes: Naturally, I didn’t listen to Heidi closely enough and yielded to the temptation to use *all* of the mix – I will know better next time. The amounts of the ingredients above have been adjusted to minimize waste, but should be “enough” depending upon the size/depth of the pan you are using. While I chose to use my frying pan and lid from our little black-anodized camping kit, this would work just as well using a couple of black 9″ pie pans. Just remember to allow room for the baking mix to rise and you will be fine. 8)
CAUTION! As you can tell from the picture above – Solar Cookers are NOT toys! Do not let spectators, especially little children, be fooled by the fact that there is no flame or smoke! I can guarantee the cooking chamber seen above was hot enough to have seriously burned little inquiring fingers. Use your cooker as an opportunity to safely educate them but keep an eye on everything! 😉