Campfire Flatbread Pizza

15 Comments » | Posted by Mai-Yan on Thursday, August 16th, 2012

I have to start this post with a disclaimer to say that this is not really a Campfire Flatbread Pizza recipe but rather a guide for making this delicious treat. The reason for that is – it is ridiculously easy to make and there are countless iterations possible.

The most work involved is thinking about what combination of ingredients you want to put on your Campfire Flatbread Pizza and prepping them. The rest is just assembly and having the patience to wait for it to be ready!

Here’s a breakdown of the basic ingredients.

  • Flatbread:
    We like to use naan bread but other options include pita, Lavash, and foccacia bread. If you feel like experimenting, try premade pizza dough – just be sure to cook the dough first, and then add your toppings.
  • Sauce:
    The basic version would be with a marinara sauce but if you want to get fancy, go for pesto or even a cream based sauce. For a sauceless alternative drizzle the bread with a nice olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Cheese:
    You can’t really go wrong here – mozzarella alone is great, or add a stronger cheese like parmesan, sharp cheddar, goat cheese or blue cheese.
  • Fresh Toppings:
    Here’s where you open Pandora’s box. No brainer options include sliced tomato, sweet onion, mushroom and bell pepper. Kale, artichoke hearts or even pineapple (not necessarily together) will take your Campfire Flatbread Pizza to another level.
  • Meat Toppings:
    Whether you choose good ol’ pepperoni, prosciutto, sliced chicken or crumbled sausage, look for options that are precooked and that will add a nice salty contrast to your fresh vegetable toppings.
  • Garnish:
    Fresh herbs, roasted garlic, olives, chili flakes are some of our favorite options.

Bring everything to camp pre-sliced or make a group activity of it. The trick is to start by prepping your campfire so that by the time you are ready to cook your Campfire Flatbread Pizzas, you’ve got a good bed of coals and low to medium sized flames under the grill.

Campfire Flatbread Pizza

Yield1 pizza/serving

Prep Time10-15 min

Cook Time10-15 min

Activity GuideCar Camping

Ingredients

  • 1 flat bread
  • 3-4 tablespoons sauce
  • 1/3 cup cheese, grated
  • about 1/3 cup of your favorites veggies, chopped
  • 3-4 slices of meat, optional
  • fresh herbs and/or olives, optional

Tools

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Spoon

Method

  1. Pull out a sheet of foil that is at least twice as long as the length of your flatbread and place your flatbread in the middle.
  2. Layer your ingredients on top of the flatbread starting with sauce, then cheese and toppings.
  3. Wrap the Campfire Flatbread Pizzas in a sealed foil packet leaving room on top of the pizza so that the foil doesn’t rest on the toppings. Place on grill until the cheese is nice and melted. Open the packet periodically to make sure bottom of flatbread is not burning.

15 Responses to “Campfire Flatbread Pizza”

  1. […] eating pizza, it’s one of the food groups for my children. So of course Momma got right on campfire pizzas. The best of both worlds in a tin foil packet! AND everyone can make their own. For our crusts we […]

  2. emily says:

    Mary Ellen, it is so smart to try your recipes out at home before taking them into the backcountry. Your version sounds delicious, and we’d love to hear if it worked just as well outside. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Mary Ellen says:

    I test-drove a version at home last night. Brushed on a small bit of olive oil to the bottom of naan bread which gave it a nice crust (watch heat carefully). Also added some fresh spinach (about to go bad!) sauteed first with shallots & garlic as one of the toppings. Yum!

  4. Babs says:

    My daughter loves these (she learned how to make these at Girl Scout camp) and most likely I’ll be introducing this to my Girl Scout troop on our first weekend camping trip this fall.

  5. emily says:

    You could definitely try them in the fire, but I think they would burn pretty easily. Cooking them on the grill allows the toppings to stay where they belong, and the foil holds in the flavor and melts the cheese. Let us know how it goes if you do cook them directly over the coals though!

  6. Nate says:

    These look amazing. I’ve never thought about doing pizzas in foil before. I’ve done them directly on the grill and in the dutch oven but now I’m definitely going to have to try them in foil. Would it work to do these directly on the coals? or is doing them on the grill above the fire the preffered method?

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  8. emily says:

    That sounds wonderful, Stephanie! Hope you took some pictures. If you did, share them with us on our Facebook page.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Love this idea as I was searching for a great dinner idea for my Girl Scout Brownie Troop Camp Out Night dinner in the backyard! Setting out a mass ingredients bar is going to be great for their creativity too, as Girl Scouts love being hands on and doing there own thing to some degree even in planned activities.

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  11. Bryan says:

    what a novel idea! i think i wont even bother waiting till my next trip before trying this in my backyard

  12. Matt says:

    Nice job!

    I’ve adapted a version that is backcountry-ready. Depending on gear, I have an 8″ pan that fits mini Boboli crusts perfectly, the sauce packets they also make travel well too. I carry a grater and a block of mozzarella (which will last longer than shredded). Toppings are up to your imagination on what travels well – dehydrated, fresh, smoked, etc. I’ve also used tortillas to make pizza quesadillas/wraps. To add spice, I bring a mix of oregano, garlic powder and red chili flakes. Carry aluminum foil sheets to help melt the cheese.

    *Be sure to use the cheese on the first or second day, depending on time of year/temps. I’m still experimenting with cheese varieties that may keep longer without refrigeration.

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