Campfire cooking no longer involves eating cold cans of beans or burnt sausages, not with our super-delicious pie iron pizza recipe!
Take your camping pizza game to the next level with our campfire pizza pockets recipe. These soft dough pies can be filled with all your favorite pizza toppings, and all you need to cook them is a pie iron and a roaring fire.
Here’s our classic pepperoni and mozzarella pie iron pizza recipe!
Pie Iron Pizza: How To Make Campfire Pizza!
2 and ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
1 packet of rapid rise yeast
2 tsp of salt
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 cup of warm water
½ a cup of pizza sauce
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 sliced bell pepper
1 can of sliced black olives
16 slices of pepperoni
1 tbsp of olive oil
Ingredients for pie iron pizza dough*
Ingredients for pie iron pizza fillings
Directions for pie iron pizza dough
Prepare your pizza dough while you’re still at home for the best results. Start by measuring your all-purpose flour, rapid rise yeast, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Combine all your dry ingredients.
Next, add your olive oil and water before using a fork (or your hands) to mix the dry and wet ingredients. As the dough starts to form, you can add more water if it’s too dry or more flour if it’s too liquidy.
Spend 10 minutes thoroughly kneading the dough for the best results.
Set your dough to one side, undercover, and allow it to rise.
Once raised, you need to use a sharp knife to cut your dough into 8 pieces of equal size, before shaping each piece of dough into a square. Each square needs to be a suitable size to fit inside your pie iron.
Store your squares of dough in plastic wrap to stop it from drying out before it’s time to prepare your bonfire pizza!
Directions for pie iron pizza
For pie iron cooking, you need red hot embers in your campfire. Get your fire going and wait for the embers to form.
In the meantime, you can prepare your open fire pizza pockets. Start by using your brush to lightly oil the inside of your pie iron.
On the bottom part of the pie iron, you need to place one square of dough.
On this first piece of dough, spread out 2 spoonfuls of pizza sauce. Add shredded mozzarella, then sliced bell peppers, olives, and 4 pieces of pepperoni (you’re making 4 campfire pizza pie iron pockets with these ingredients, so make sure you leave enough pepperoni to go around!)
Place the second square of dough into the top part of the pie iron and close the pie iron firmly together.
When your embers are hot enough, you can place your pie iron directly into the fire. Try to cover the pie iron on all sides with embers to give the pizza a chance to cook evenly.
Keep turning the pie iron in the fire, and remove after just 3 minutes.
Already, your easy campfire pizza pocket should be ready to eat. If you prefer it a little crispier, though, then leave the pie iron in the fire for a few more minutes, but be careful not to overdo it.
Put on your heat resistant gloves, and remove the cooked pizza pocket from the pie iron.
Reload for the second pie, and keep cooking until you’ve run out of pizza ingredients!*
*We suggest preparing your dough ahead of time while you’re still at home. Store the dough in plastic wrap and bring it along to make pizza over campfire embers! It can be difficult preparing dough around the campfire, as it takes a little time and needs more equipment.
*If you have multiple pie irons, then you can load them all up at the same time with pizza pockets to cook them quicker.
Equipment for camp pizza
- Hot charcoal embers
- Pie iron
- Brush for applying oil
- Heat resistant gloves (it gets hot!)
Other pie iron pizza filling ideas
While we love the classic pepperoni topping, but there are lots more campfire pizza recipes you can put together too!
You can really mix and match your favorite toppings to create a hearty mountain pie pizza that any seasoned camper would be proud of. If it’s breakfast time, then it’s still pizza time, and you can fry up some sausages and bacon, chop them up, and add them to your pudgy pie pizza pocket.
You could add avocado and mozzarella before cracking an egg into the pizza pocket for a gourmet pie iron brunch. You can go for a veggie supreme and leave the meat at home. Add more mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers, for a vegetarian treat.
Dare we say, you could even create a ham and pineapple pie iron pizza (controversial, we know).
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