Dutch Oven Pizza Dough
Like many people, I love pizza, and I really love making Dutch oven pizza! This pie is so easy and tasty that you will wonder why you never made it over a campfire before. I buy my pizza dough in a bag from the deli when I make it camping because it just makes things so much more simple. However, if you want to make your own dough I have an excellent recipe here.
How To Make Dutch Oven Pizza
It is super easy and a lot of fun to make pizza over a campfire. You can also use any charcoal grill that fits a Dutch oven. Take a look at my cast iron coal chart in my book, The Culinary Camper to find out how many coals to use. The chart can be found on page 41. It is also available on the Dutch Oven Recipes Cooking Chart page on this site. For this recipe, you would use about 21 coals on top and 10 on the bottom to attain a temp of approximately 425° F.
How To Make Campfire Pizza
I first started making pizza several years ago when I worked for a popular pizza chain back in college. The thing I loved about working there, besides the free pizza, was learning how to toss the dough. One trick to tossing pizza dough is that you want to leave it out at room temp for at least 30 minutes (if it has been refrigerated) so that you can work the dough. Cold dough is much more difficult to work with and shape. Use a rolling pin and cutting board to roll out the dough or just smash it out and toss it. Either way works just as well as the other.
How To Make Campfire Dutch Oven Pizza
Besides being simple, Dutch oven pizza can be made healthy by choosing your ingredients for a healthier meal. While pepperoni is a very popular ingredient, you may choose to use more fresh vegetables and low-fat cheeses along with a whole wheat dough. This will turn your pizza into a great meal that is both a treat and healthy. To save time I sometimes buy canned vegetables like sliced olives and mushrooms. This saves me the time and effort when I’m camping, but if I’m making this in my backyard, or in my oven, I often opt for fresh vegetables since they do taste better.
Ingredients For Dutch Oven Pizza
My favorite pizza is chicken sausage, mushroom, and olives with a creamy garlic sauce. I’m sure you will be trying out your own favorite ingredients when you try this out. Make it your own, make it delicious, and make it often so you can experiment with what you like. I’ve even made a variation of this dish for breakfast (check out my Breakfast Pizza). What was my special ingredient? Eggs of course. If you have never tried eggs on pizza before, I highly recommend it.
For camping, I will not hesitate to use a canned pizza sauce. In fact, at home, I often use canned sauces as well. However, if you want to make your own sauce, I have a great red sauce recipe here. For a simple gourmet option, you can use a garlic infused olive oil. I like to make it simple while camping, but there are a lot of other options besides red sauce if you want to get creative.
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Easy Campfire Pizza
A super simple way to enjoy pizza around the campfire. Who needs takeout when you have this great recipe.
- 1 pkg store bought pizza dough (or make your own)
- 1 c fresh or canned sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 c sliced olives
- 1 c canned or pre-made pizza sauce
- 1 or 2 c mozzarella cheese
Roll out the dough on a clean flat surface, or press out in a Dutch oven.
Evenly spread pizza sauce over the dough.
Sprinkle about a 1/4 cup of cheese on the sauce.
Place the mushrooms, olives, and sausage on next.
Cover with remaining cheese.
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.