piToday is Pi Day; March 14, 3.14.

Around the Scout office it means we chow down on pie from Village Inn, but I got this new Dutch oven gadget set and want to try out the inverted oven for pizza.

To celebrate, I am trying this recipe from Rhodes Bread with some of my own adaptions. Lodge BSA Dutch Oven 01

12” Deep Dutch Oven
CampMaid Lid Lifter inverted (see story in header)
CampMaid charcoal Holder

2 packages crescent Butter Flake or 18 Rhodes frozen dough [this works especially well if travel time is more than an hour]
pie 1☐ ½ pound ground sausage and/or Canadian bacon
☐ 1 package pepperoni slices (50+)
☐ 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
☐ 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
☐ 1 can chopped olives
☐ 1 can sliced or a pound or fresh mushrooms
☐ 1 chopped bell pepper
☐ 1 (14 ounce) jar pizza sauce
☐ 2 teaspoons oregano or Italian seasoning
☐ 1 teaspoon onion powder
☐ 1 teaspoon garlic powder
☐ olive oil or pan spray

Cooking Directions:
Mix olive oil and all seasonings.
Dice pepperoni and Canadian bacon (if using). 
pie 2Brown sausage in Dutch oven, and remove to cool.

pie 3Wipe oven, then pour olive oil mixture in Dutch Oven.
Put rolls in Dutch oven, and toss to coat.
Add pizza sauce, and roll dough in it.

Attach the lid to the CampMaid Lid Lifter, invert and attach charcoal holder.
pizza on a lidArrange dough in the middle of lid.
Top with one cup of cheese.
Add in layers, pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, mushrooms. chopped peppers and black olives.

Wipe remaining oil from oven and use it to cover the lid to let the dough rise a bit.

pizzaFinally, top with remaining cheese.  Replace lid three to five minutes to melt cheese.

Planning Ahead for a Campout:
Brown sausage, drain, cool and store in a zip-lock bag.
Purchase shredded cheese or grate your own, and place into zip-lock bags.
pie 6Leave home with the dough still partially frozen, but cut them in quarters and they will be great when you arrive.

Serve and enjoy!

Darryl Alder
Darryl is a retired career Scouter with more than 30 years of service. However, his pride in Scouting, is his volunteer service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative and Commissioner.


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