As I mentioned last week, it sorta felt like we were short on adults for our camping trip last week. I had a feeling this would be the case so I tried to think up really easy meals.
As I walked past a boboli crust display in the grocery store I got an idea… Turned out it was actually a pretty good idea. Pizza while camping is totally a lazy man sort of meal. Also turns out Olivia had a few more lazy-man pizza ideas to add.
All these recipes are similar in that they involve your basic pizza toppings. They differ in that there are 4 different ways you can make the crust depending on how much time you want to put into it.
First some thoughts on a few key toppings.
- Cheese. Bring a block and a grater, gate it at home beforehand or buy pre-grated. Cheese is actually a really great food to bring camping, a lot of cheeses even do well for a few days with no refrigeration.
- Sauce. Bring a jar, buy pre-packaged, or make it beforehand and bring it in double zip-loc bags.
- Toppings. If you’re limited on hands (i.e. your small children outnumber you) it works well to chop all toppings at home and stick them in the cooler. Also, any left-over pizza toppings are great on crackers for lunch the next day (i.e. cheese, pepperoni, peppers, olives, etc.).
- More Toppings. Consider chicken alfredo, BBQ chicken, margarita, or any other pizza you might like. If you have a big group make a pizza bar! I also noticed that you can buy pre-cooked chicken in the store or you can cook it at home and bring it.
LAZY MAN’S PIZZA
- Boboli crust. Or some other pre-made crust (I got 8″ crusts so they would fit in my pan).
- Sauce and toppings.
- Get out your crust.
- Spread on the sauce, cheese and other toppings.
- Place it on a frying pan, set it on the stove and turn to low.
- Put a lid over it (so the cheese will melt).
- As soon as the cheese is melted it’s done.
STOVE TOP PIZZA
- Sauce and toppings
- Take the bisquick and mix up a slightly drier dough using water (I mix it in my coffee/hot chocolate mug).
- Grease the bottom of your cooking pot and throw the dough in, pressing it flat so that it covers the whole bottom of your pot.
- Cook it over a medium heat.
- When one side is brown, flip it over, then add the tomato sauce, cheese, and all other toppings.
- Add a lid and cook until cheese is melty and your mouth is watering.
- Pita Pockets
- Sauce and toppings
- Cut the pita in half.
- Fill the inside with sauce, cheese and toppings, and put in your pot (again, put in a touch of olive oil first) with the lid on.
- Flip once to make sure everything inside gets warm and the olive oil browns both sides of the pita.
NOLS PIZZA (named after the book from which it came)
- 1 tsp. dry yeast
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup flour
- Dissolve yeast in warm water with sugar and salt.
- Add flour and mix to make stiff dough.
- Oil a fry pan, and spread dough in pan with oiled fingers to form crust.
- Turn up edges to hold sauce.
- Pour sauce over crust, and top with cheese and any other toppings.
- Cover and bake on a stove on low heat until crust is golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Alternative cooking method: Put crust in pan and cook for about 10 minutes; flip, spread with sauce and cheese, cover, and continue cooking for another 10 minutes.
Anyone else ever tried pizza while camping? Any other variations? A dutch over perhaps?