Favourite Camp Food: Pizzas!

Every time we go camping, the Guides in our older group (ages 10-14) will ALWAYS request that we cook two things – pizza wraps and campfire apple pies. So I thought I’d share these easy-peasy, kid-friendly recipes with you so that you can enjoy them too! As a bonus, they have minimal equipment to wash up. They’re sounding great already, aren’t they?!

Pizza wraps
I don’t know where I first came across this idea, but I sure am glad I found it! This is requested every year on Guide Camp, even by Guides that haven’t tried it yet… the legacy of the pizza wrap is passed down from generation to generation – that’s how good it is!

To feed a group of about 15 Guides in the 10-14 age group, we use:

  • One tortilla per person
  • 3 capsicums
  • 15 slices of ham
  • Tomato paste
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 10-12 mushrooms
  • 8 pineapple rings (tinned)
  • 1 tin of sweetcorn
  • Salami slices
  • Cheese
  • And whatever else we have leftover from other meals gets put out as a bonus
  • Thick aluminium foil

Tips for leaders (or parents!)
I always allow 2 hours in our evening camp program for dinner, including preparation and washing up. However, this recipe can certainly be completed during a meeting that lasts and hour and a half, we’ve done it more than once!

We divide the ingredients up between the patrols and have them each help with the preparation. Each patrol will wash and slice some vegetables and light a fire.

We usually buy grated cheese – it’s slightly more expensive but it saves the time and hassle of grating it (and washing the graters is often a nightmare).

It works best if the patrols start to build and their fires before the begin the food prep – but it always makes sense to think about the natural light and what time the sun will set. The fires need to be built, lit, and then left for a little while to burn down. The pizza wraps will sit on the hot embers, so you don’t want there to be too many flames or the food will quickly burn.

Always check fire restrictions in your area before lighting a fire.

Favourite camp food_pizzas!

Steps

  • Build your Patrol fire in the designated fire pit
  • Fill a water bucket and store it nearby
  • Light the fire and have someone stay with the fire at all times, to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand. It’s best to rotate this job through different patrol members as the Guides quickly get bored of this responsibility!
  • Place a pot of water onto the fire at this point
  • Other patrol members should slice the pizza ingredients
  • Once all ingredients are chopped set them out along the table, with tomato paste at one end and cheese at the other
  • Start at one end of the table with a large square of aluminium foil and a tortilla. The tortilla will become the base of your pizza
  • Spread some tomato paste onto your tortilla and then lay your chosen ingredients on top. Move down the table, adding all your favourite ingredients!
  • Be careful not to overload your pizza, otherwise it won’t wrap very easily
  • Finally, sprinkle a decent amount of cheese on top!
  • Wrap your pizza like this: fold the bottom up and the top down, then roll from right to left (or left to right). Holding on to your wrapped pizza tightly, wrap the aluminium foil tightly around it. Make sure the ends are tight so your food doesn’t escape!
  • When the flames have gone down and the embers are still hot (they’ll be glowing red), carefully place your pizza wrap onto the embers
  • The heat from the embers will cook your pizza, but you’ll need to turn them over after about 10 minutes so that the bottom doesn’t burn
  • The pizza wrap will take about 20 minutes to cook. While you’re waiting, use the hot water to wash up the knives and chopping boards etc
  • By the time you finish washing up, your pizzas will be ready to eat!
  • Use tongs to take them out of the fire pit. Leave them for about 1 minute so that you can pick them up with your hands.
  • Carefully peel the foil from one end and enjoy!

Variations

  1. Of course, you can change any of the ingredients that we’ve listed. Pick your favourite pizza toppings and use them all!
  2. Desert pizza wraps: Instead of tomato paste use chocolate spread and top with yummy ingredients like strawberries, raspberries, bananas, coconut, chocolate chips, marshmallows, crumbled biscuits (Girl Guide biscuits would be perfect!) and rainbow sprinkles!
  3. Breakfast pizza wraps: I’ve never tried it, but I imagine these would taste AMAZING with some egg, bacon and hash browns.

You can download a PDF version of this recipe here, it’s ready for you to print and use at your Guide meeting, or on your next camping trip!

Campfire Apple Pies: Take me to the Campfire Apple Pies recipe!

Do you have a favourite camp food? Tell us in the comments below!

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