Solar Cooking – Ham & Cheese Impossible Pie

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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)

 

Decided to try a Ham & Cheese Impossible Pie in our ASSC

Decided to try a Ham & Cheese Impossible Pie in our ASSC

I used 1 small can of Hormel Smoked Ham finely diced

I used 1 small can of Hormel Smoked Ham finely diced

After oiling my little camping pan, introduce the meat and just enough finely diced onion to add flavor

After oiling my little camping pan, introduce the meat and just enough finely diced onion to add flavor

Added a layer of shredded "Mexican Blend" cheese that we enjoy.

Added a layer of shredded "Mexican Blend" cheese that we enjoy.

Mixed eggs, Bisquick, and milk with a little salt & pepper then poured over the meat/cheese.

Mixed eggs, Bisquick, and milk with a little salt & pepper then poured over the meat/cheese.

Placed a trivet in the cooker, then a Anchor Hocking (like Pyrex) glass pie pan, set the pan with handles folded and lid inside - then covered with a 2nd pie pan.

Placed a trivet in the cooker, then a Anchor Hocking (like Pyrex) glass pie pan, set the pan with handles folded and lid inside - then covered with a 2nd pie pan.

OK - we are cooking with the power of the sun. It is about 1:15 PM - more or less solar noon for this time of year. Note no shado on the "sun finder".

OK - we are cooking with the power of the sun. It is about 1:15 PM - more or less solar noon for this time of year. Note no shadow on the "sun finder".

Using the grandkid's picnic table - not perfectly level but the ASSC doesn't care. ;-) I set it to pull a little "lead" on the sun and walked away happy.

Using the grandkid's picnic table - not perfectly level but the ASSC doesn't care. 😉 I set it to pull a little "lead" on the sun and walked away happy.

As Heidi thought might happen, I over-filled the pan just slightly and it rose up into the lid

As Heidi thought might happen, I over-filled the pan just slightly and it rose up into the lid

"It still looks good though".  After an hour I had removed the lid, then let it cook another 15 minutes - time to come off.

"It still looks good though". After an hour I had removed the lid, then let it cook another 15 minutes - time to come off.

This is the end result - imagine a very fluffy pancake filled with ham, onion and cheese - YUM!

This is the end result - imagine a very fluffy pancake filled with ham, onion and cheese - YUM!

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! 😉

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