A Family That Eats Together: Campfire Pizza
May 14, 2012Posted by pamela |
Marin Mommies presents this week's guest recipe from Nicole Cibellis, Marin mom and author of the blog A Family that Eats Together, where she shares meal plans and recipes that will please foodies and children alike. Nicole is also the creator of the new Little Froglet line of children's activewear.
Nicole's meal plan for this week features her usual delicious dishes, but today she shares with us this tasty recipe for campfire pizzas—just in time for summer camping season!
We spent a glorious weekend camping under a canopy of Redwood trees. Just North of Boonville all the way up into Anderson Valley, the next up and coming Wine Country of Northern California, is a special little campground that lies along the Navarro River. As we do with all our camping trips, and we do A LOT of them, each family takes on a meal so that all the meals are shared. Our good friends surprised us with Campfire Pizzas. I had no idea how this was going to workout. I envisioned pizza dough dripping through the rusty grates left over the campfire, but our friend Bill had a trick up his sleeve. Campfire Pie Irons! Who knew? He had an antique I think, but it worked just fine and we ate warm oozy, goosy pizzas around the campfire with all the trimmings.
Finding good camping recipes is not always the easiest but this recipe is foolproof and simple. Each pizza pie is made individually so it is easy to set up for everyone to make their own pizza with their favorite toppings. This recipe can be easily adjusted for the amount of pizzas you need.
As an extra bonus, you can add your favorite canned pie filling to the bread and for dessert, make Campfire Pies! So easy!
Recipe by Bill Powell
Servings: 8 individual pizzas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: depends on the heat of our coals, but about 10–12 minutes each
- 16 slices of bread, avoid bread with nuts and seeds as they will burn
- Your favorite tomato sauce, Bill recommends any type in a squeeze bottle for ease
- 4 cups shredded mozerella cheese
- Your favorite toppings, here are a few ideas but the options are endless:
- Chopped bell pepper
- Sliced olives
- Sliced onion
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Prepare your campfire so that the wood has formed “coals” on the bottom and that the flame of your fire is very small. You don’t want a full sized fire in the pit, just a small one with hot coals of wood.
- Grease your pie iron with non-stick cooking spray. Layer one slice of bread, the sauce, toppings and then cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top. Place the pizza pocket on the pie iron, close it and place it on the hot coals. Turn the iron over in about 5–8 minutes. Check for doneness by gently lifting open the iron and seeing if the bread is golden brown. When it is golden brown on both sides, it is done.
- Continue with the remaining pizza pies. Make sure to scrape out the pie iron of left over bread or toppings before starting your next pie. It is easiest to use crumpled up tinfoil as a scraper. (Bill’s tool of choice!)
*Pie irons can be easily found online