No meal is quite as versatile as pizza, which makes it perfect for a camping trip. However, most people assume that it's simply too hard to make pizza when camping, so they settle for other meal options.
You don't have to settle, though! If you're wondering how to make campfire pizza, read on!
What You'll Need for Campfire Pizza
Regardless of how you end up cooking your camp pizza, you're going to want to have a few things ready to go.
- Pre-made dough, refrigerated or frozen
- A jar of pizza sauce
- Two bags of mozzarella cheese
- A sealed bag of ready-to-eat pepperoni or sausage
- Any veggies you want as additional toppings
- Parmesan cheese/red pepper flakes (optional)
- 10" or 12" cast-iron pan/skillet (for campfire pizza or BBQ grill), or baking sheet/pizza stone (for RV oven)
- Foldable grill (for cooking over the campfire; optional)
- Pizza slicer
- Oven mitts
How To Make Mouthwatering Pizza When Camping
You have a few options for making mouthwatering pizza over a campfire, on a grill, or even in an RV oven. Each method requires a bit more work than you'd have to put in when baking a pizza at home.
Pizza Roasting on an Open Fire
Wondering how to cook pizza over a campfire? Assuming you already have a campfire going, the first thing to do is place the dough in your cast iron skillet/pan. Next, place the pan/skillet over the fire for a few minutes, browning the dough on one side. You'll then flip your new crust over for a moment to brown it slightly and remove it from the fire.
Now, spread the pizza sauce all over the crust, and cover it all up with as much cheese as you want. Then, place any meat or veggie toppings you have and put the skillet back over the fire.
When the cheese has melted, and the toppings are warm on your campfire pizza, it's chow time!
Pizza on a BBQ Grill
If you don't trust yourself to make a pizza over a campfire, you can also use a campground's BBQ grill to make mouthwatering camp pizza. Your preparations for doing this will be much similar to cooking pizza over a campfire:
- Heat up the coals.
- Brown your pizza crust in a skillet over them, and spread pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings all over the crust.
- Cook until the crust is done and the cheese has melted fully.
- Now, it’s pizza time!
Another option you have for baking a camp pizza on a grill is using a grill-top pizza oven kit. These kits can go right over a grill's cooking surface but mimic the effects of cooking a pizza in an oven. Within minutes, your camp pizza will be done!
Pizza in Your RV Oven
Not all RVs have ovens, but if yours does, you may prefer to bake a pizza inside (especially if it's freezing OR hot/humid outside!). First, preheat your oven. Spread your pizza dough onto a baking sheet or pizza stone (better for a crispy crust), and cover with sauce, cheese, and toppings. When the oven is ready, place your pizza inside.
RV ovens are notorious for having both cold and hot spots, so to be sure your pizza is baking evenly, occasionally spin it 180 degrees to ensure heat is evenly distributed all over your pie.
When the cheese has melted all over your pizza, you can pull it out. If you want a crispier crust, leave it in for a bit longer or place your pizza on a skillet and leave it over your campfire for a few minutes.
Tips for Tasty Camp Pizzas
- Thicker pizza dough is better than thin. If you load your pizza with lots of sauce, cheese, and toppings, it can get soggy; if the dough is too thin, it can then break apart and lead to a messy disaster.
- Save yourself time by slicing up the veggies you'll use as toppings at home before you head out on your trip. This way, they'll be ready to go when it’s time to make your pizza.
- Keep the dough, cheese, and veggies in your cooler or RV fridge until it's pizza time. Unless it's already been opened, you can keep the jar of pizza sauce at room temperature.
- If baking pizza in an RV oven, keep in mind that those ovens run on propane. If using other appliances or engaging in other activities that need propane, fill up your propane tank beforehand or soon afterward.
- Also, RV ovens are much smaller than what you have at home, so be sure the baking sheet/pizza stone you're planning on using will fit inside.
Enjoy Campfire Pizza With Cruise America
There's nothing quite as satisfying as eating a campfire pizza. The way the crust crunches and toppings pop is like no other pizza you've ever had. It's past time for you to pick up an RV rental from Cruise America to experience all the joys of a mouthwatering campfire pizza. To make your camp pizza dreams a reality, contact Cruise America today!