Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Stuffed Crust Pizza on the Trail

Boiling water and making stuffed crust pizza
 This was a largely improvised recipe that turned out to be our new camping favorite.  To make one stuffed crust pizza you will need:

  • Two flour tortillas
  • pizza sauce
  • cheese
  • toppings of your choice (ours was pepperoni)

Improvised dutch oven
 I improvised a dutch oven using the two fry pan/lids from our mess kit.  The smaller fry pan is about 8" across and the larger is about 10".  I placed the smaller fry pan on the fire great off set from the fire a bit so it was not catching the full force of the heat.  The ingredients were layered in as follows:

  1. Tortilla
  2. Pizza sauce
  3. Pepperoni
  4. Cheese
  5. Tortilla
  6. Pizza sauce
  7. Pepperoni
  8. Chesse
On top of the smaller fry pan I placed the large fry pan, right side up and filled it with hot coals.  When cooking with a dutch over you usually want to err on the side of more heat on top and less on the bottom.  Heat rises as you know so the underside will tend to cook faster than the upper side.

Melting cheese
Once the cheese was well melted on top , but not fully browned, I slid the smaller pan over the flames and replaced the top pan still full of coals.  This causes the bottom tortilla to crisp up nicely while the top brown.

Ready to serve!
Here you have the finished product.  It was one of the most amazing things I have ever dined upon on the trail.  Just to be sure it was good as it seemed in the woods we made the same dish again once we had been back home for a week. It was indeed as good, so it was not just deprivation that drove us to crave it.

I am hoping t make it again soon with alfredo sauce and to add more ingredients.  I will let you know how it goes.  What is your favorite deceptively simple trail food?


Bill Giles said...

I did something similar to that a few years ago, making pizza wraps. We used wheat tortillas, pizza sauce, string cheese and pepperoni. The biggest drawback to this was that I couldn't find small servings of pizza sauce, all I had were cans. I found out just the other day that Contadina makes pizza sauce in a squeeze bottle. I haven't seen any on the shelves, but I'll keep looking. I do like tortillas for trail cooking and I think that this is a good way to use them.

Anonymous said...

I have seen the plastic bottle pizza sauce at both Fareway & Hy Vee (two major stores in my area). I have used that brand a couple of times. You can just buy a can and put it in a ziplock bag, then freeze it. Not a perfect system, but it works.

Hendrik Morkel said...

That looks absolutely delicious.

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OldFatGuy said...

Chris - this looks great. I was just wondering if you placed a larger pan upside down, over the pan holding the pizza, kind of like a large overlapping lid. I wonder if this would catch enough heat and reflect it back down on the top of the pizza to brown it?