To help myself get back into the swing of dutch oven cooking, I have chosen a couple of fairly simple recipes to post, nothing fancy, just enough to help me get the hang of temperature control again. This recipe from the Al Fresco sausage company fills the bill on all counts. The only thing I would suggest doing ahead of time is caramelizing your onions. You certainly could do that in your camp oven but I like to cook them low and slow on the stove top in my cast iron skillet. What also drew me to this recipe was using Indian bread, or naan, as the crust of your pizza. Not only was it crispy on the bottom, one piece of naan fit perfectly into my 10 inch oven. You can certainly experiment with your toppings, maybe trying sliced pears with blue cheese or a more traditional Italian sausage and mozzarella style combination. If you can't find chicken sausage, any pre-cooked variety would be fine. The beauty of these pizzas is that they cook quickly and you can easily make two or three with one batch of coals. The sweetness of the sausage, onions and apples melds beautifully with the brie, if my herb garden was in full bloom I'd top it with a sprinkling of fresh thyme. With 10 coals around the base of the oven and 22 on the lid, they were ready in about 12 minutes. These are definitely tres gourmet and a snap to make at your campsite.
Caramelized Onion and Sweet Apple Pizza with Brie
1 12 oz. package Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage, sliced thinly, on the bias
2-3 large onions, thinly sliced
1 large apple, sliced thinly
1 Tblsp olive oil
2 Tandoori style naan
10-12 thin slices Brie, rind removed if desired
1 Tblsp fresh thyme, chopped
Saute onions in olive oil until soft and caramelized.
Onions should cook down by about 1/2 in volume.
Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
Place one piece of naan in bottom of dutch oven.
Top each naan with 1/2 cup of caramelized onions.
Top with apples, then sausage; finish with brie.
Sprinkle with fresh thyme.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and hot.
Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
Makes 2-4 servings.
|Layer naan with onions, apples, sausage and brie|
and cheese has melted