National Pizza Day

We love pizza here at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ at Kozy Rest. We’ve had every kind of pizza come through our doors; made in a brick over, delivered and our favorite made over the campfire! Everyone loves pizza, from supreme to meat lovers and even cauliflour crust with no sauce and anchovies! We’ve been lucky enough to host Stubborn Ewe Pizza in the past and have delicious delivery from McBride’s just down the road but we want to share some recipes for delicious make-it-yourself campfire pizza.

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We have discovered that you can make pizza over your campfire in so many ways! You can cook it up on a dutchoven, cast iron skillet or straight on the grate to get a nice smokey flavor. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating your own pizza while camping, there’s savory pizza, dessert pizza, mountain pie pizza, and even pizza nachos! We’re going to share a basic starter recipe to get your campfire pizzas going!

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First things first, make sure you bring all the ingredients you’re going to need: flour, rapid rise yeast, salt, water, olive oil, sauce, and your favorite toppings! Remember, if you are choosing meat toppings such as sausage or ground beef, it is easier to cook them ahead of time at home!
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 packet rapid rise yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup warm water
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided (2 tbsp + 3 tbsp)
Any combo of toppings!

In a mixing bowl or pot, add the flour, yeast, and salt. Briefly mix with a fork to distribute the ingredients.
Add the warm water and 2 tablespoons oil to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork until the ingredients begin to form a dough.
Knead the dough a few times (you can do this in the bowl or on a lightly floured surface) so that all the ingredients are well incorporated and the dough comes together.
Cover the dough and let it rise for 20 minutes.
After the dough has risen, turn it out onto a cutting board and divide the dough into two equal pieces.
To form the crust, add 1 tablespoon oil into a preheated 10″ (for a thicker crust) or 12″ (for a thinner crust) cast iron skillet and swirl to coat the surface. Place one of the dough halves in the skillet, and using your fingers, press and push the dough towards the edges of the skillet. Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon oil along the edge of the skillet.
Place the skillet on a grate over your campfire, or on your camp stove at fairly high heat. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the bottom has firmed up and begins to turn golden brown (you’ll want to lift the side up around the 3 minute mark to see how it’s doing and determine how much longer it should remain on the heat).
Pull the skillet off the fire and place on a heat-safe surface. The skillet will be HOT, so take care with the next few steps.
Using a pair of tongs, lift the crust out of the skillet and flip it so the uncooked side is face down in the skillet. Add your toppings, cover the pizza with a cast iron lid if you have one or a sheet of foil, and return the skillet to your campfire or stove.
Cook the pizza for an additional 3-5 minutes until the bottom is golden brown. Remove the lid/foil after a few minutes, once the cheese has melted, to let the steam escape for the remainder of the cooking time.
Remove the skillet from the heat, carefully transfer the pizza to a plate, and repeat with the second half of the dough.

Do you have any other campfire favorites? Let us know and you may be featured in a future blog!

On behalf of the entire Kozy Rest staff, we look forward to seeing you this camping season.