One of the best parts of camping, at any time of the year, is sitting around a campfire and enjoying some food you cooked by yourself. Cooking over the campfire is a lot of fun and can be really easy to do, not to mention delicious! All you need is a roll of heavy-duty aluminum foil, and some tasty ingredients. It is important to plan your meals for a camping trip so you won’t forget any ingredients, because there are no grocery stores in the woods! It is a good idea to prepare all your ingredients a head of time so you won’t have to do to very much preparation when you’re sitting around the campfire. One of my favourite foods is pizza, and who doesn’t love pizza? Unfortunately, the delivery man won’t make it as far into the wilderness as you, and there probably isn’t an oven in site. Here is an easy recipe for making stuffed pizzas over the campfire.
You will need:
- Roll of heavy-duty aluminum foil (heavy-duty is best as it strong and won’t tear if you move it around)
- 1 package of pitas, pocket-style
- 1 can of pizza or tomato sauce
- 2 cups of your favourite cheese, shredded
- 1 cup of your favourite veggies, chopped (mushrooms, peppers, onions, pineapple)
- 1 cup of your favourite meat topping, pre-cooked and chopped (ham, chicken, ground beef, sausage, pepperoni or bacon all work well)
- An adult to help with the fire
Prepare all your pizza toppings ahead of time, cook and chop the meat if it needs to cooked, dice the veggies, shred the cheese, and pack in zip seal bags or small air-tight containers. Make sure you remember a can opener if you are using sauce from a can!
Once you’re at the camp site and the fire has been burning for a while and has created some nice big coals, cut or carefully tear the pitas in half across the middle. Open the pitas up with your thumbs, and add a spoonful or two of sauce, spread it around the pita evenly.
Now sprinkle as much cheese as you like into the pita (make sure to leave some for everyone else!). Add your veggies and meat of choice.
Tear off a section of aluminum foil that is about a foot (12 inches) long. Place your stuffed pita pizza in the middle and fold the bottom up, the top down, and then fold the sides in towards the middle an inch at a time so it creates a nice seal on the sides.
Now it’s time to cook! If your fire pit has a grill, you can place it on top and roast it there. If it does not and you’re working with a regular fire pit, have an adult clear some coals to the side and have them place your foil packet a few inches away from them, so it can feel the heat, but will not burn quickly. You will have to rotate and flip your packet to ensure that all the cheese melts and it heats evenly. You can use a sturdy stick or long tongs to do this, but it is a good idea to have an adult help you with this.
After a few minutes of roasting by the fire, your stuffed pizza should be nicely cooked. Have an adult remove the packet from the heat, and set it aside for a few minutes to cool down as will be quite hot right now! Tearing the foil from the top fold to open the packet up will help cool it down faster, and you can make sure your pizza is cooked to perfection. When it has cooled down, dig in and enjoy! It is sure to become a camping favourite!