Campfire Pizza

Well, as life get’s crazy, it’s a little difficult to try and take photos of everything we make…

We got away this weekend for some camping, one of our favorite pastimes. I love making food over the campfire, but while making healthy decisions, it’s not as easy. But, we took our hand to making this easy pizza in our cast-iron skillet the other day, and boy, was it not only tasty, it was a nice quick thing to throw together and clean up. Win-win!

 

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We made the dough and sauce before we left home, keeping them in the cooler. But the dough would be really easy to make on-site and you can use a jar of sauce.

Pizza Dough ingredients

  • 1 cup white Flour
  • 1 cup Semolina Flour
  • 2/3 cup hot Water (not boiling)
  • 1 packet of instant Yeast
  • 1 TBLS Honey
  • 3 TBLS Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Sea or Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • bring extra flour, in case.

Mix the yeast, white flour and sugar together, adding in the water, honey and olive oil, mixing with a fork. Gradually add in the semolina flour, mixing between. Use your hands to knead everything together once it becomes thick enough, leaving in a ball, covering with plastic to rise for 20 minutes.

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If you feel in the mood for some crazy good pizza sauce as well:

  • 24 oz can of whole Italian Plum Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 TBSL Salt
  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red peppers
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

Sauté the garlic and seasonings in a pan, with some olive oil, until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, simmering for 10-15 minutes, until you can easily crush the tomatoes apart with your spatula. Mash until you’re happy with the consistency, cooking for another 5-10 minutes.

We make the sauce beforehand, since it’s nice to pull out of the fridge when we are in the mood for pizza. I usually get three pizza’s sauced up with one batch.

Around the campfire, you’ll need a cast-iron skillet (10 or so inches diameter), a good tablespoon or two of veggie oil, hot gloves, and if your skillet doesn’t come with a lid, use tin foil.

When your dough has risen, stretch or roll out. Grease your cast iron thoroughly, plop the dough in and make sure it’s fully covering the bottom of the pan. I even flipped the dough over to cover both sides with oil. Cover the pot, and place on the wonderful glowing coals of your campfire.

Check on the crust after 3-4 minutes, lifting it up slightly to check to see if it’s a beautiful, light golden brown. Once this is achieved, remove from the fire, flipping the crust over.

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Add the sauce and the toppings of your choice to the pizza. We went simple with Goat Cheese (We added fresh basil later).

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Place back on the fire, adding the lid once more. This will only take another 4 minutes or so, before the pizza is done. We added fresh basil leaves on top — adding afterwards stops the leaves from withering and turning black from too much heat.

Super simple, super tasty camping meal done!

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We paired our pizza with an awesome Spanish Red Wine, Garnacha de Fuego(Side note: we bought a new corkscrew–gone are the days of broken corks and frustrating openings. Get your own here.)

-Katie M.