How to Make Easy Campfire Pizza





Introduction: How to Make Easy Campfire Pizza

It is officially camping season and time to think about making food outside. This recipe for easy campfire pizza is perfect whether you are camping, grilling outside or cooking in your kitchen. These steps show you how to cook this delicious pizza over a campfire using a Dutch oven or large cast iron skillet. You will need a lid for the cast iron that you can place the charcoal on. Not only is this recipe tasty, it is super fun to make and your kids will love it!

Camping food does not have to be burgers and hot dogs, it can be delicious simple pizza along with a whole bunch of other delicious ideas you can find in The Culinary Camper.

Step 1: Ingredients

1 store bought pizza dough

1 c. fresh or canned sliced mushrooms

1/2 c. sliced olives

1 c. cooked chicken sausage

1/2 to 1 c. canned or pre-made pizza sauce

1 c. mozzarella cheese shredded

Step 2: Prepare Your Fire

Before you look at the ingredients, get your fire started so that the coals have time to glow. I usually start a wood fire and add the amount of charcoal I want to use to the outskirts of my fire. This sets them on fire and while they are cooking down, you can go prep your pizza.

Step 3: ​Roll Out the Dough on a Clean Flat Surface, or Press Out in a Dutch Oven.

A little trick here is to get your dough out of the refrigerator around 30 minutes prior to when you plan to use it. Cold dough is not as pliable and will be difficult to work with. As it warms up to room temp, the dough will be easier to work with and will stay its shape when you roll it out.

Step 4: Spread Pizza Sauce

Evenly spread pizza sauce over the dough. You can use as much or as little sauce as you like, this is really personal preference.

Step 5: Sprinkle 1/4 Cup Cheese

Sprinkle about a 1/4 cup of cheese on the sauce. You don't want to spread too much cheese at this point, you only need enough cheese so that the rest of your ingredients have a good foundation to stick to. More cheese will be added as a final step.

Step 6: Add Other Ingredients

Place the mushrooms, olives, and sausage on next. If you prefer other ingredients then use those instead. Try to spread your ingredients evenly so there are no large mounds in any spot.

Step 7: Sprinkle With Remaining Cheese

At this point, you can add as much cheese as you like. Be aware though that too much cheese may make it harder for the ingredients beneath it to get hot and cook, but who am I kidding, more cheese is delicious!

Step 8: ​Bake at 425° F for 20 Minutes

Bake at 425° F for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is slightly brown. If using a Dutch oven place about 21 coals on top and 10 on the bottom for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is slightly brown. If you want to do this pizza in an oven just bake at 425° F for about 20 minutes.

Step 9: Let Stand

Let the pizza stand for 2 to 5 minutes so that the cheese doesn't run everywhere when you cut it.

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    Wonder if it would be beneficial to put pizza on a wire rack so air moves around it instead of crust sitting on bottom of pan. This would simulate an oven. I think I will put Dutch oven on 2 Bricks since I don't have that do-hicky.

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    That sounds like a great idea and I think it would give you a crispier crust. Let us know how it goes.

    "store bought pizza dough", do you know how simple pizza dough is? You might as well just buy a whole pizza and heat it up on your camp fire?

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    Yes it is easy. But buying the dough makes it even easier and you still have control over the toppings. I love making my own dough and adding some garlic or basil to it. This is just another option for simplicity sake.

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    Not everyone can backpack in like yourself, so perhaps you can think of a way to make pizza using lighter camp stoves or some other method. Or, forgo the pizza until you return to civilization.

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    Thank you for this, MotherEarthMark. I have been known to go camping with several hundred of my closest friends at sites from county fairgrounds to ranchers' sheep fields. We spend anywhere from three days to two weeks living in tents and cooking on fires.Many, if not most, of these tents are medieval pavilions that weigh 100 pounds or more just to move the materials from place to place. Our fires are built in fire pits constructed of steel and raised off the ground to protect our hosts' property. By the time you pack and haul that, a Dutch oven is nothing.

    Not all camping involves a five mile trek through the wilderness. That doesn't mean it's not camping.

    A propane stove and aluminum foil work just as good, unless you plan on doing all your cooking that way. a dutch oven is heavy packing around!

    It doesn't have to be an bit heavy old Dutch Oven - a much lighter weight cast Aluminium frypan with a lid will do. Or if you backpack or bushwalk and camp, instead of carrying a lid - use a metal camping plate that fits over the top of the frypan. you sit your frypan in the hot coals and put hot rocks that have been sitting in the campfire on top of the plate. Works just like a Dutch Oven.

    I love making and eating pizza. The next time I see a dutch oven come up for auction, I am going to try and snag it. When it comes to cast iron I love the old stuff. At home I cook my thin crust pizzas in the oven on field tiles (unglazed terracotta tiles) at 450F for around 12 minutes and to get the pizza on and off the tiles I made a peel (pizza paddle) out of 3/8" (3 mm) plywood. I want to thank you for this inspiring instructable as I am now dreaming of the best camp fire pizza ever.

    thank you just starting to use my dutch oven & any baking tips awesome

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    Enjoy! You can find more recipes on my website I'll try to get a few more on this site as well.

    If you live near a Safeway they have a really good pizza dough that I like to use. You can usually find it in their deli section.