Any chef worth their salt knows exactly how versatile and useful the simple Dutch oven can be, but have you ever thought about cooking up a Dutch oven pizza?
Yes, with the help of a camping Dutch oven, you can prepare a delightfully fresh homemade pizza that’s topped with all of your favorite pizza ingredients (you can even add pineapple if that’s how you roll!).
This is a recipe that could even be taken out into the backwoods for a campfire pizza cooking session. Keep reading to learn how to make Dutch oven pizza!
4 and ½ cups of all-purpose flour
½ tbsp of granulated sugar
1 tbsp of salt
1 and ½ tbsp of instant dry yeast
3 tbsp of olive oil
2 cups of warm water
16 ounces of drained canned tomatoes
2 cloves of finely grated garlic
1 tsp of salt
⅛ tsp of granulated sugar
Pepper to taste
10 ounces of mozzarella, sliced
1 cup of mushrooms, thinly sliced
8 slices of prosciutto ham
Olives to garnish
Grated parmesan to finish
Set up an electric mixer on the counter with the whisk attachment.
Pour your all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, and yeast into the mixing bowl and whisk together to start forming the pizza dough. Switch to a dough attachment.
Pour in olive oil and warm water and keep mixing until the ingredients have all combined thoroughly. Keep pouring in extra water until you have a soft consistency. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour into the mix.
When your pizza dough is just right, remove it from the mixing bowl and place it onto a floured surface.
Start kneading the dough by hand until it’s elastic. This could take up to 10 min for the best dough.
Cut your dough into 3 evenly-sized dough balls and leave the dough balls on a baking tray to rise over the next 2 hours. You can brush the dough with olive oil and then cover each ball in plastic wrap to stop them from drying out.
Pour your canned, drained tomatoes into a food processor and blend until a tomato puree forms.
Grate your cloves of garlic into the tomatoes before adding salt, olive oil, sugar, and pepper.
Place the pizza sauce in the fridge until you need it.
Preheat your main oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit with an empty enameled Dutch oven placed on the lowest shelf to warm up too.
Once your dough has risen (ideally, it should be twice the size of the original!), roll it flat on a floured kitchen countertop. Keep rolling and shaping until you have a 12-inch pizza dough base.*
Place your dough base onto a large piece of pizza parchment paper and give it a good coating of olive oil with a brush.
Now add your sauce, giving the pizza base an even spread.
Add your toppings, and finish with freshly grated parmesan.
Place the pizza in the Dutch oven (keeping it on the parchment paper), and allow it to bake for up to 15 min. The pizza should have a crispy crust, and the cheese should have melted when you remove it from the oven.
When the pizza is cooked, remove the Dutch oven from the oven before removing the pizza and allowing it to cool on a chopping board before slicing.
Repeat until you’ve used all three of your pieces of dough and all of your toppings!
*This is a rough size, as it depends on how large your Dutch oven is!
One of the best things about Dutch ovens is their versatility, and this is a recipe that you can quite easily replicate for a pizza camp session!
However, there are a few key differences that you’ll need to incorporate into the menu. First of all, it’s not wise to cook with an enameled Dutch oven in the campfire. For this, you need a hardy and durable cast iron Dutch oven. This is the classic, traditional Dutch oven, and it works well as a camping pizza oven because there’s no enamel to chip off.
Campfire pizza recipes are best prepared partly in advance, too. It’s up to you, of course, but you can prepare your dough at home and have all your ingredients ready to go when you arrive for a much easier camping pizza recipe.
When your Dutch oven pizza camping recipe is prepared, simply place your Dutch oven directly into the campfire coals with the lid on (leave a small gap for the steam to escape). Leave the pizza to bake for around 30 minutes before removing from the fire.
You can cook up classic pizza recipes in the woods, or you could even bring along the eggs and hash browns for a hearty Dutch oven breakfast pizza to get you set up for a day of hiking!
If you don’t have an electric mixer or a food processor, then don’t fear, because you can still prepare your Dutch oven pizza dough by hand!
Yes, it takes a little more time and a lot more effort on your part, but it’s definitely possible. After all, before electric mixers came along, every pizza had to be made by hand.
Instead of an electric mix, you can whisk the ingredients by hand in a large mixing bowl. You’ll need to be thorough and take your time to get a similar consistency. You can use your hands too, to get all the ingredients well-combined as you pour in the water and olive oil. You’ll be able to feel the dough as it becomes springy.
As for the sauce, you’ll simply need to whisk everything up in a large bowl. Keep whisking until you run out of muscle power! It won’t be quite as smooth a sauce as if you’re doing it by hand, however, as it’s impossible to get out all of the lumps without a food processor. It will be authentic, though!
Dutch ovens really are incredible, yet simple, pieces of kitchenware. Who would have thought that you could bake up such fresh pizzas in a Dutch oven?
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