Quick and Easy Camp Pizza

While we love the idea of the perfectly planned camp menu, complete with provisions carefully dehydrated, bag-sealed, and pre-packaged (or even better, artfully crafting sumptuous backwoods feast from scratch!), that's just not a practical reality for most people. If you're like us and like to get out a lot but have a busy schedule, there are many times you'll be rushed preparing for a quick weekend getaway, and planning and gathering food for all your meals will only slow down your hasty retreat outta town that much more.

Papa Murphy's Mini Murphy pizzas fit perfectly in Dutch ovens.

Papa Murphy's Mini Murphy pizzas fit perfectly in Dutch ovens.

We have an almost too easy solution for at least one meal during your get-out-of-town-quick trips: pre-packaged mini pizzas designed to satisfy any pallet...well, as long as it's an 8-year-old's pallet (actually, these little pizzas are kind of tasty). The Mini Murphy pizzas from Papa Murphy's fit and cook perfectly in a Dutch oven, and at about $3 each, they're inexpensive as well. So, instead of stressing about whether you remembered the pita bread or Bisquick for crust, dehydrated pizza sauce, and all the toppings needed to satisfy your camping crew, pack a few of these little pizzas and enjoy your quick dinner! 

Cooking pizza in the Dutch oven is one of the easiest camp dinners ever.

Cooking pizza in the Dutch oven is one of the easiest camp dinners ever.

Dutch oven pizza is super easy: First, when you arrive at camp, start heating your Dutch oven either on a fire, with briquettes, or even on your trusty Coleman dual burner "green suitcase" stove. Then, wait a few minutes (this gives you time to work setting up tents, a tarp, or maybe wetting a line). After your Dutch oven is heated, place your pizza in the oven, replace the lid, and cover with coals or briquettes. For a really fast cook time, cover your Dutch oven in a lot of coals or briquettes and place the Dutch oven directly on the fire. For a slower cook time, place fewer coals or briquettes on top of your Dutch oven and place the oven next to the fire, but not on direct flame.

The finished product in about 10 minutes.

The finished product in about 10 minutes.

Whatever you do, check your pizza after five minutes and again after every 3-5 minutes. Dutch oven cooking times vary based on how hot you've stoked that bad boy, so watch your pizza closely. When we cooked the pizzas pictured below, the first pizza took about 10 minutes, and subsequent pizzas cooked even more quickly because the cast iron had picked up and was holding a lot more heat.

Dutch oven pizza cooking