A Guide to Making Pizza When Camping
Planning an outdoor expedition calls for some delicious and hearty meals that can be cooked up on the go. After all, what’s camping without great food? While it’s easy to find a variety of snacks and prepared meals to bring on your camping trip, why not get creative and make something delicious and unique? With a few simple ingredients and a few basic supplies, you can make your own delicious pizzas while camping.
I’m a father of three kids and an experienced camper, so I know just how important tasty and convenient camping meals are. Being able to make pizza on site while camping has been one of the best discoveries when it comes to meal planning. Pizza is a meal that the whole family can enjoy, and you can make it in so many different ways. Plus, making pizza when camping allows you to customize it to your liking, no matter what ingredients you brought! Read on for a complete guide to making pizza when camping.
Step One: Assemble Your Tools
The first step in making pizza while camping is to make sure you have all the necessary tools. If you’re bringing a tent, a camp stove, and a cooler with you, you should be all set. Here’s a list of what you’ll need:
- Camp stove
- Frying pan
- Rolling pin
- Chef’s knife
- Cutting board
- Large spoon or spatula
- Pizza stone (optional)
Step Two: Gather Your Ingredients
Once you have your tools ready, it’s time to gather your ingredients. For the easiest pizza-making experience, buy premade pizza dough from the store, and consider investing in a ready-made pizza sauce if you’re short on time. If you have a bit more time and energy, you can also make your own dough and add your favorite homemade sauce.
In addition to the dough and sauce, you’ll need to bring your favorite toppings. While the traditional cheese and pepperoni pizza works great, you can get creative with your toppings. Try adding vegetables, meats, herbs, and spices to keep things interesting. If you’re looking for a healthier pizza, you can use whole-wheat crust and replace some of the richer toppings with fresh vegetables and herbs. Just make sure to bring enough topping ingredients for the whole group.
Step Three: Preparing the Dough
Once you have all your ingredients together, preheat your camp stove. When the stove is hot, place a skillet on top and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Take your pizza dough and roll it out with a rolling pin on a cutting board.
When the dough is stretched into a thin circle, spray the pan with cooking spray and place the dough in the pan. Cook the dough for 4-5 minutes on each side, and use a spatula or tongs to check if it’s golden brown and crispy. Set aside and let cool.
Step Four: Adding the Sauce and Toppings
When the dough is cool enough to handle, spread the pizza sauce over the surface. You can also add a few drops of olive oil or garlic for flavor. Then, it’s time to add your favorite toppings. Start with the cheese, then add any other vegetables, meats, or herbs you like. If you’re using a lot of topping ingredients, you may need to cook the pizza for a few extra minutes.
Step Five: Cooking the Pizza
When the toppings are all added, place the pan with the pizza back on the camp stove. Cook until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Depending on the size of your pizza, it should take between 10-15 minutes. Once the pizza is cooked through, turn off the camp stove and enjoy!
Extra Tips & Tricks
When it comes to camping with kids, having meals everyone can get excited about can be a challenge. But with a bit of preparation, you can make something delicious that the whole family will love. Here are some extra tips and tricks to help you make pizza while camping:
- If you don’t have a camp stove, you can use aluminum foil and charcoal to heat your pizza. Just make sure you have enough charcoal to heat the pizza completely.
- If you’re using premade dough, try to cut it into smaller pieces for individual-sized pizzas. This will make it easier to cook and portion out the pizza.
- If you’re looking for an even crispier crust, you can use a pizza stone to cook the pizza. Simply preheat the stone on the camp stove before adding the pizza.
- For a simple yet delicious twist, use flatbread instead of pizza dough. This will make the pizza easier to cook and help it crisp up faster.
Making pizza when camping is an easy and delicious way to enjoy a meal outdoors. With just a few simple tools and ingredients, you can whip up a delicious pizza the whole and family will enjoy. So the next time you’re out camping, why not try making your own pizzas?
To help make the process easier, we’ve compiled a handy YouTube video to show you step-by-step how to make pizza when camping. Check it out and start planning your pizza night!