I love cooking over wood fires and I got my chance to do this last weekend when the SO & I (plus the dog) went on a four day canoe trip near Algonquin Park.
Planning meals for a four day / three night canoe trip is an exercise in logistics! Every food item is accounted for and when something can do double duty (ie. frozen sausages acting as extra ice in the cooler), so much the better…
If I do say so myself, we ate very well on the trip: venison burritos on the first night, salmon & vegetables in foil packets on the second night, but the last night was the major gustatory triumph with both the camping stove and the wood fire being put to good use…
Campfire Pizza (for two)
4 pieces of naan bread (I used a garlic flavoured naan)
1 small container of pizza sauce (I used jarred spaghetti sauce packed into a smaller container)
3 Italian sausages (thawed in the cooler by time I used them)
Olive oil (packed in a small squeeze bottle)
1 onion, diced
Dried thyme and dried oregano
8 medium sized boccancini balls (allow two balls per naan), cut into slices
Pesto (optional: I brought the kind in a squeeze tube)
Warm the olive oil in a medium frying pan on the camping stove. Remove the casing from the sausages and add them to the pan along with the onion, thyme and oregano. Cook, stirring often until sausage is browned and onions are soft (about 8 – 10 minutes). Remove from the heat.
When your fire is down to coals, cover your grill with a double layer of aluminum foil and place it over the coals (about 10 – 12 inches above the coals). Spread the pizza sauce over the naan bread, and then spoon the sausage & onion mixture on top. Follow with the boccancini slices. Place on the grill. You may need to watch to make sure the naan doesn’t scorch on the bottom – if this starts to happen, just lift the grill off the coals for a few minutes.
When the cheese is softened, remove. You can tent the pizzas with foil for a few minutes if you want the cheese to soften more. You can then squeeze some pesto on top before serving (although I didn’t do that this time).
As you know from previous posts, I believe pizza should be considered an essential food group. Enjoying pizza outdoors while watching the loons drift by and the fish jump as the sun sets over the lake is sheer heaven.
Do you have any camping recipes that I should try out on the next canoe trip?