GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted January 2nd, 2016
Happy Camper Blog
Camping and RVing is all about reconnecting and having fun – and what’s more fun than a pizza party? Break up the monotony of camping meals and try a recipe that everyone can help with. Pizza is an easy and entertaining choice that’s ideal for outdoor adventures.
Here are our tips for making your own campfire pizza:
- If you’ve got a great pizza dough recipe, prep it ahead of time and freeze it before your trip. If not, no worries. Most major grocery store chains sell fresh dough in bags that can also be frozen.
- Toss the dough into your cooler and in 1-2 days it should be thawed and ready to use. Take it out of the cooler about an hour before you plan on cooking to give it time to rise.
- Don’t forget to pack a small amount of flour too to use when forming the dough into pies.
- Again, there are two options: cook your own sauce ahead of time and store in a plastic bag/Tupperware in your cooler – or just go with a can of ready to use sauce.
- Pre-shredded is the way to go. No work, no fuss, no problem!
- This step is all about prepping. Cook Italian sausage at home before your trip, chop green peppers or just grab a bag of sliced pepperoni.
- Pack your prepped toppings in plastic bags in your cooler. The more toppings you have, the more creative you can get with the final product.
Cooking the Pizza
- The key here is making sure your cooking surface is nice and hot before you put the dough on. You can use either a traditional grill, or a grate that you position about 8 inches over the campfire.
- While your surface is heating up, it’s time for the fun part. Take your thawed dough and form into one large flat round – OR split into thirds for individual pies. Use flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to hands/surfaces.
- Pour a bit of vegetable oil on a paper town and use that to lightly coat the grill surface with oil so the dough does not stick.
- Place the formed dough on the hot grill for about 2-3 minutes, then flip. Cook another 2-3 minutes, then flip again. At this point, the dough should be firm but not browned yet.
- It’s time to add your toppings! That’s right, while the pizza is still on the grill*, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Continue cooking for about 5-7 minutes, until the bottom of the pizza is browned and the cheese on top is melted.
*If you’re cooking with kids, you can remove the dough from the grill, let them top their own pies, then return to the heat.
That’s it! Just a little bit of prep work and only a few minutes of cooking time and you’ve got campfire grilled pizzas hot and ready to eat for your next camping or RVing adventure.