Cooking a Fast Food Favorite-Dutch Oven Pizza

Every parent knows the magic of pizza.  It is quick, tasty and easy to prepare but you do not need to order out if you are camping.  A delicious deep dish pizza can be made in a Dutch oven.  Below is a recipe that can be changed to your liking.  Prior to getting the ingredients together, make sure to fire up your charcoal. 

Dutch Oven Pizza

Ingredients

12-inch Dutch oven with lid and lid lifter

26 charcoal briquettes

Optional, charcoal table

18 frozen dinner rolls, slightly thawed or two large tubes of refrigerated biscuits

Scissors or knife

Your favorite precooked meat topping, cut into bite size pieces

1 cup tomato or pasta sauce

Seasonings which include garlic powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder, and dried basil

1 cup shredded cheese

Cooking spray

Heavy-duty gloves or heat proof gloves

Chopped onions, olives, peppers, or any other vegetables you would like on your pizza

  1. Lay out the briquettes on the ground or in a charcoal table and light.  Allow them to heat up until white
  2. Coat the inside of the Dutch oven with cooking spray.
  3. Cut rolls or biscuits into fourths using scissors or knife and place in the Dutch oven.
  4. Pour the tomato/pasta sauce on top of the “dough” and top with your choice of seasonings.  Sprinkle the meat on top and mix together.  Add vegetables if desired.
  5. Place the lid on and let the dough rise until it is double in size.  This will take about 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Sort out the briquettes so that there are 15 on the ground or nonflammable surface.  After the dough has rose, move the Dutch oven to where the briquettes are located.  Place the Dutch oven on the 15 briquettes, and place the remaining 9 briquettes on the lid so that they are evenly spaced.
  7. Allow to cook for 25 minutes without peeking.  After the time has passed, lift the lid and check the doneness.  If the pizza is not quite done, continue to cook at 5 minutes intervals.

Once done to your taste, remove the briquettes from the lid with heavy gloves and take off the coals.  Take the lid off and run a knife around the outer edge of the pizza.  Then turn the Dutch oven upside down on a clean surface.  Upright and top with shredded cheese.  Let the cheese melt and then serve.

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