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Off-Road Cuisine for the Rambling Camper: Pizza

Our frequent camping has provided us with ample time to experiment in the “kitchen.”  Stir-fry, beans and rice, and sauteed vegetables have become our staple meals while on the road.

Now pizza is currently our favorite dish, thanks to Kacey and Dave, who taught us how to make it while we camped together in Peru.  Kacey and Dave brought along “NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Cookery,” an excellent book of recipes for campers, which provided this delicious pizza recipe.  The measurements are only a rough estimate based on our experimenting, so feel free to alter the recipe according to your tastes.

CA M P E R ‘ S   P I Z Z A

Ingredients:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 to 1 teaspoon of yeast (depending on how fluffy you like your dough)
seasoning for the dough (dry oregano, pepper, salt, garlic powder)
enough water to make a stiff dough
tomato sauce
mozzarella cheese
toppings of your choice

You will need:
Ziploc plastic bags
a camp stove
a flat pan
a full cover for the pan

Instructions:

Step 1
Pour the flour, yeast, water, and seasoning into a Ziploc bag.

Step 2
Deflate the bag of any air, seal it, and place it in a warm place (under your armpit or by your torso is an easy place).  Wait several minutes for the yeast to activate, and remove the bag once the dough has become puffy and the bag is bloated with air.

Step 3
Dust a bit of flour on a flat surface, and flatten the dough into 1 medium-sized circle.

Step 4
Place the first circle on a hot, flat pan and cover it.

Step 5
Once the bottom looks cooked, flip the dough.  While the second side is cooking, spread your tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and toppings on top.  Cover the pan.

Step 6
Once the cheese is melted, uncover your pizza and take it off of the flame.

It may take a couple tries to achieve the perfect camper’s pizza, but the effort is well worth it!

TIP: Another way to utilize this dough recipe is by making CINNAMON ROLLS in the morning – just make your dough, but instead of adding savory seasonings, include sugar and cinnamon.  Once the dough has risen, roll it out.  Spread an ample amount of butter, sugar, and cinnamon on one side.  Then roll the dough into a spiral, and cut this log at every 1/2 inch.  You will then have 8-10 small spirals, which you can place on the skillet and cook on both sides.

To find more camping recipes online, check out www.free-camping-recipes.com.

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