Did you promise the grandkids an epic pizza night for vacation and ended up switching things up with a camping trip? You can still enjoy making and eating your favourite food while on the road without wasting valuable vacation time and daylight hours at the drive-thru. Whether you roll with the bare essentials or operate a mobile chef’s kitchen, pizza is one of those foods that can be as simple or complicated as you would like. Up your RV cooking game with these simple tips to create the perfect portable slice. We even have campfire recipes for those that enjoy a more rustic experience.
The Class A Flatbread
Park your beautiful Prevost in its reserved spot at your favourite RV resort and set up your outdoor kitchen, including your Big Green Egg grill. Add the ConvEggtor and a pizza stone and light the fire. The stone should be hot before sliding the pizza into place. Wait for your charcoal to glow red before grilling the first pizza.
Use a prepared dough from your local grocery store or knead your own using AP flour, yeast, oil, and salt. Press the dough into shape on your well-floured pizza peel. The dough should be stretched thin as your pizza will cook quickly in the super-hot Egg.
Drop bits of fresh mozzarella across the surface. Slice a few grape tomatoes. Chop a handful of fresh basil and oregano and sprinkle the aromatic herbs across the dough. Dice onions and shaved garlic and add it to the party. Grind some black and red pepper and salt. Drizzle the whole thing with olive oil.
Slide the pizza onto the stone after it reaches a surface temperature of 260 degrees Celsius. Close the lid. After 5 minutes, turn the pizza 180 degrees and check the bottom for doneness. Close the lid again and let it finish cooking, about another 5 minutes.
Use your peel to remove the pizza from the heat. Cut and serve!
The Fifth-Wheel Pizza Night for the Family
Set up the sport grille outside next to your large picnic table. Pick up a wide range of toppings at the grocery store including bacon, sausage, pepperoni, red onion, green peppers, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, bar-b-que sauce, and a mix of pizza cheese. Put everything out ready for the kids to compile their own camp pizzas. In the freezer section, look for personal size pizza dough. Let them thaw before the party begins.
Let each child (and child-like adult) mix and match their favourite toppings and bring their pizza to you for cooking. Preheat the grill oven and use aluminum foil or disposable cookie sheets to prevent the dough from sticking to the rack.
Following the directions on the pizza dough package, and cook each pie for approximately 10 minutes. After removing them from the heat, set them to cool for about 5 minutes to prevent burned mouths.
Enjoying Pizza in Your Class B Rental
Did you end up camping in a rental RV with a small kitchen and a few pots and pans? You can still make a quick and delicious pizza without too much fuss. Check your cupboards for any kind of greased shallow or flat baking pan that will fit into the small oven. You will need a knife to cut the pizza, but even regular tableware will do the job.
At the store buy:
- A ball of pizza dough from the deli. A pre-cooked pizza base may not fit in your oven.
- A bag of sliced pepperoni.
- A jar of pizza sauce.
- A bag of shredded pizza cheese
- Cooking spray
Back at the camper, pre-heat your oven to 220 C. Pop the assembled pizza in for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the crust turns a pleasing golden colour. Remove, let cool for a few minutes, and serve!
A Deep Dish Campfire Pizza
While packing the car, don’t forget to bring your deep cast iron skillet with a lid or a cast iron dutch oven! For pizza ingredients, bring all the fresh veggies that you love, a block of mozzarella, a jar of tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, a link of summer sausage, and cured ham. You could also soak some chicken jerky to soften it before topping the pizza.
Build up your campfire and let it burn down to glowing red embers. Grease the bottom of your cast iron pan. Press the dough into it. Cover the pan and put it on the fire. After about four minutes, remove from the heat. Flip the dough. Slice up the toppings and layer them in to create a deep-dish experience. Cover the pan and place it back on the red-hot coals for another five to eight minutes until the cheese is melted through. That’s right! You just cooked a pizza while roasting marshmallows over an open fire.
Note: We do not advocate the putting of marshmallows ON the pizza – but you do you! Whatever happens, we know you’ll want S’MORE!