My parents can attest to the fact that in spite of being raised in the suburbs, I have always felt like a city kid. I’m pretty sure they still think there might have been a mix up at the hospital the day I was born. It was the 80’s…we were all inhaling way too much hairspray and that is when accidents happen! My fascination with all things urban was only solidified in the 90’s by the TV show “Friends”. At that point I knew the only things keeping me from a lavish NYC apartment were a rapier wit and immovable hair.
I’m telling you this only to highlight that camping, out in the woods, with no high speed internet is sort of mind boggling to me. Sure I went as a kid, but I was so young that I didn’t even grasp the concept of “elbows” yet. I use my inexperience to think outside the box. I may have never heard of anyone making pizza over a campfire, but so what? Who’s going to stop me? Who says you can’t have a wonderfully inventive and creative meal while camping in the great outdoors? It takes a little pre-planning, but it’s worth it in the end! Ready? Here we go!
You will need:
Naan (This traditional Indian flatbread can be found everywhere now and comes in a variety of flavors. It makes the perfect pizza crust because of its texture and stability!)
Shredded Cheese (I like a mix of Sharp Cheddar and Mozzarella)
Goat Cheese (Chevre)
The first thing you might notice is that a few of the ingredients from breakfast made its way to the dinner party! Less to pack means more time spent focusing on your “evening in the wilderness” look.
Assuming you already have a stellar fire blazing, place the naan directly over the fire on a cooking rack. Allow the flames to just brown the underside of the bread. Remove from the fire and place COOKED SIDE UP onto a piece of foil.
Starting with the sauce, pile on your toppings. Be careful not to go overboard with the amount of cheese because your pizza will not cook evenly. Return the pizza, still on a piece of foil, to the fire. Allow the heat to melt the toppings, but beware of “hotspots” on the grate and move the pizza around if need be to prevent scorching.
Remove from the fire once the cheese has melted and the bottom is between golden brown and slightly charred. I have to say my favorite ingredient is the goat cheese! When it’s warmed through, it turns from spectacularly crumbly and salty to silky and sweet. The crunch of the bell pepper and char on the crust pushes this dish from pedestrian to Nirvana.
So next time you find yourself packing for a weekend of no running water and sleeping under the stars, ditch the hotdogs and grab some pizza toppings!
Stay tuned for one last Camping Blog Post. Three words… “Smore’s four ways”!