Camping doesn’t have to have boring food. Take a look at this pizza pocket recipe – it’s an easy camping meal that is so easy and so fun, your kids will ask for it over and over again.
Summer time is the best! And I am so ready to go camping! Between soccer practice, homework, and youth group activities at the church, there’s a lot keeping me busy, but I like to plan at least one good camping trip each year.
It gets me away from my computer so I can kick back and spend a couple days NOT thinking about work.
Sounds nice, right? I know!
Sometimes I find my mind going back to work, of course, but when I’m with my family, I know it’s important for me to just be there with them.
Plus, getting my kids out from behind their phones and into the woods is helping me to have even more memories with them. I know I still think about all the summer trips I took with my mom and dad to the lake.
Did you know you can actually have some gooood food while camping? Well, it’s true.
Surprising, right? We ate some of the regular camping foods, like pancakes, hot dogs, and s’mores, but let me tell you – my family went crazy when I surprised them with this new made ahead camping meal: pizza pockets!
Yep – we decided to have pizza while we’re in the woods, because …well, it’s Pizza!! And pizza is always a hit with the kids.
PS…You can totally make these ahead before your camping trip which will save you time at the campout.
Fun bonus: these pizza pockets aren’t just a great camping meal for kids – they’re a great meal anytime! Now that we’re back from that amazing camping trip, my kids are asking for these pizza pockets again! Good thing I have some extras in the freezer. 😉
WHAT CAN I SERVE WITH MY PIZZA POCKET RECIPE?
Some of my favorite go-to sides are easy veggies that can be tossed onto the grill corn on the cob, or a large salad that the whole family can share. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of marinara sauce with you – for all those who love dipping stuff.
Want to know what else we ate on our camping trip? Check out my 10 Cheap and Easy Camping Recipes you can make ahead of time for your family camping adventure!
WHAT FILLINGS SHOULD I USE?
Our favorites are the basic pepperoni and cheese, but you can do these however you like! Feel free to use use other kinds of meat, peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms, veggies… honestly you can you fill your pizza pockets with just about anything!
CAN YOU FREEZE THIS PIZZA POCKET RECIPE?
These pizza pockets can easily be frozen! In fact, if you’re planning on going camping, I recommend freezing these before you go! They’ll last longer and make a super easy camping meal that kids and adults will love! Plus, you can store them in your freezer for around 3 – 4 months.
Freezer safe, delicious, easy, and kid approved? No matter how you slice it, these pizza pockets are a total winner!
4 Ingredient Pizza Pocket Recipe
- 12 oz. pepperoni can also use salami or ham or a blend. I like to mix pepperoni and salami 50-50
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1- 14 oz jar pizza sauce I like to use Ragu
- Pkg of 8 pita pockets best brand I found was Oroweat
- Non-stick foil
- Heavy duty foil
- Chop your pepperoni, salami or ham into small bite sized pieces. I like to take a stack of pepperoni, and cut them into fourths to get the right size. Or for large salami pieces I cut across a stack three times one way and three times the other way.
- In a large bowl combine chopped pepperoni, shredded mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce.
- Stir gently until evenly combined.
- Take a butter knife and gently open each pita pocket, being careful not to tear the bread. Fill each pocket with ½ cup of mixture. And gently press the tops of the pita closer together. They won’t close completely, but get them as close as you can.
- Using a piece of non-stick foil tightly wrap each pita pocket. If you like the outside of your pita crisper when cooking, spray foil with a little bit of cooking spray first. My preference is not crispy style and more of a baked crust vibe.
- Then cover each pocket with a second foil layer of heavy duty foil.
Make it Now
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place foil covered pizza pockets in preheated oven directly onto middle rack and bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and heated all the way through. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before opening and serving.
Make Ahead & Freeze
- Place foil wrapped pockets into a gallon sized labeled freezer safe bag.
- Seal bag, removing as much air as possible and freeze.
Freezer to Oven
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Place foil covered pizza pockets in preheated oven directly onto middle rack and bake for 30-35 minutes until cheese is melted inside. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before opening and serving. If going to use a grill cook for about 12-15 minutes, flipping pocket over after 5 minutes depending on the heat of your grill.
Freezer to Campfire
- This recipe makes a wonderful campfire meal. I love to make up a bunch of these ahead before camping season. Then all I have to do is add them frozen to the cooler, keeping my other food frozen longer, and then cook over the fire.
- Cook over the campfire
- Your campfire should have been going for a while so that you have a nice 1-2 inch layer of hot & ready white coals. If you are using briquettes, light them and wait about 10 minutes until they are not flaming and starting to turn white. For best results use a grate over the coals about 2 inches above them. Place your thawed foil pockets on the grate and cook for 5 minutes on one side, then flip over and cook another 5 minutes on the other side. If cooking them from frozen cook 18-20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
- If you don’t have a grate, place directly on the hot coals and cook, turning the foil sandwiches every 1-2 minutes for about 8 minutes total or until heated through, being careful not to burn them. Open up foil packet, let cool 5 minutes and then serve.
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