Baking Pizzas on La Playa

What do you eat and drink on the playa? Share ideas, recipes and advice here.

What pizzas would you want on the playa?

Chicago Style
7
25%
Pesto Chicken
4
14%
Breakfast Sausage
1
4%
Southwest Fire Pie
2
7%
Smoked Salmon n' Goat Chez
2
7%
BBQ Pork n' Gouda
1
4%
Bacon Jalapeno Deleight
6
21%
Chez...boring*snore*
5
18%
 
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Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby larsonfarmer » Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:43 am

Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with an actual oven, or solar oven that would work to make pizzas in a semi timely fashion. if theres another thread with this info a link would be greatly appreciated.

Also, not related but a side question. if im just camping at BM with some friends, and want to have a camp fire and roast some smores, what kind of precations or other prep should i do ahead of time to prevent moop or other problems. i plan to bring a fire pit device so it wouldnt be in direct contact with the playa.

Thank you ahead of time!
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby some seeing eye » Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:54 am

Pizza for quick cooking and a crispy bottom likes 400+ F. Most solar ovens are lower. But suggest consulting the experts at the Alternative Energy Zone - ae-zone.org. A concentrating solar dish on a heavy bottom plate in the oven could be cool(hot!).
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby Risky » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:05 am

There are many doughs that are not goopy that can be put right on a bbq grill.
I often have pizza while camping.
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby some seeing eye » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:55 am

Risky, have to try that! Is the grill covered to melt the toppings? (Grill-top temps near coals are quite high)
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:57 am

Easy to put a pizza stone on the grill for the right crust texture. 8)
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:41 pm

I've seen hamburgers grilled on hot fenders. Why not pizza?
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby Eric » Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:55 pm

There have been at least 2 pizza places that I know of on the playa (Pizza Smut, which was randomly delivered in a porn covered box; and another one who never delivered to us). Not sure how they cooked it, but it was a lovely surprise to get. All of which just means that it can indeed be done.
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby Risky » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:04 pm

some seeing eye wrote:Risky, have to try that! Is the grill covered to melt the toppings? (Grill-top temps near coals are quite high)


I have a folding bbq. So yes, I close the top to keep the heat in to melt the cheese.

Google search has many results. Here's one:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/pizza-on-the-grill-i/detail.aspx
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby lemur » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:50 pm

Eric wrote:There have been at least 2 pizza places that I know of on the playa (Pizza Smut, which was randomly delivered in a porn covered box; and another one who never delivered to us). Not sure how they cooked it, but it was a lovely surprise to get. All of which just means that it can indeed be done.


the non delivery place got closed down once by the health dept...

(but they fixed it)

they looked really crappy, to be honest..
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby SnowBlind » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:17 pm

Eric wrote:Pizza Smut, which was randomly delivered in a porn covered box


I remember talking to one of the founders of that camp, and I believe he said they were using solar ovens for the pizza.
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby lemur » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:35 pm

cast iron pan.. +lid (cast iron would be great)... maybe even a cast iron 'dutch oven'

these are great.

you can put it right on the fire..

go to center camp cafe, put it on the cauldron in front of the cafe.. cook a pizza....

that fire is always going.. and has wood nearby.. dont let that heat go to waste
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby mazatta » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:17 am

I found one camp that brought their own pizza oven out there (can't remember if it was wood or propane). They were going to give me some, but I came back at the wrong time :(
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby trilobyte » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:43 am

We had a wood-fired brick oven at our camp (Eridu Society), and one of our campmates operated the "Space & Thyme" temporal pizza delivery service. She did random deliveries to people on the playa, and had a lot of fun with the time travel schtick. "Here's the pizza you ordered!" "I don't remember ordering any pizza" "Sure you did. Next Tuesday!" etc. Thank goodness we weren't on a lot of peoples' radars - while she had to have made over a hundred of them, people kept coming around to camp awkwardly asking for pizza.

There was another camp on the dial (whose name I can't recall) who did a propane-fired steel box oven - some of their people came by to say hi and chat with my campmate (probably figuring out delivery areas haha).
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby teardropper » Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:44 am

I would bring the already-been-fixed doughs in the wrappers. Goop on the shit and put it on a BBQ. That would be real close to a pizza. 'Less you really have a cravin' for the real, hand tossed dough. I just see big, moopie mess. And lots of water for cleanup. I'm too simple on the playa. Too much work. But either way, sounds delicious... Would, really would, like a slice...
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby Foxfur » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:56 am

http://veggiemacabre.wordpress.com/2011/10/29/how-to-make-hate-pizza

I would be glad to supply testers for your pizza.
Or should it be testees in keeping with this year's theme, lame as it is...

You could also have a "Nuts To You" BBQ calf nut pie with a speedy on-demand delivery service, "We come on command!"
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby pizzamancer » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:05 am

I have made pizza every year at Burning Man. By far and away, the most successful pizza nights were basically Stone Soup nights. I made the dough and sauce and told everyone in advance to bring whatever toppings or cheese they wanted. A 7 cheese pizza with jalapeno infused asparagus tastes like ambrosia on the playa. Same with a onion, green pepper, tuna, corn, and mayo pizza.

I pretty much just use a grill, or a large frying pan, but I would like to bring one of these little bad boys to the playa one year:
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Solar ovens are great, but not for pizza. I usually make lasagna in one (thanks Bernie). It takes 4-6 hours and also comes out awesome for playa food. If you are grilling pizza, you will never get the dough cooked all the way through just throwing it on the grill. It is a 2 step process:

Cook all your toppings in advance (saute the shrooms, onions, and/or chicken)

1. Roll out the dough (or better yet, press it out and toss it in the air)
2. Brush it with olive oil
3. Throw the oiled side on the grill.
4. Cook until you see bubbles on top and the bottom gets brown around the thinner spots
5. Take off the grill, flip and sauce the cooked side
6. Put cheese and toppings on and throw it back on the grill

In 3-5 minutes, you have a pizza.
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby Risky » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:57 am

There you are! What took you so long?
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby pizzamancer » Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:15 pm

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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby Foxfur » Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:20 am

Jalepeno infused asparagus? Genius!
Thansk for the pizza techniques.
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby EspressoDude » Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:35 am

Manchester weed burner cooked pizza? If Man-Chester can cook Span, Man-Chester can certainly cook pizza!
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby remi » Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:42 am

I'm the only one that thought BBQ Pork and Gouda would be fuckin fantastic? The best pizze I've ever had was a few days ago.. I had this awesome Pulled Pork pizza.. I may still have that on my mind.
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby pizzamancer » Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:51 pm

Foxfur wrote:Jalepeno infused asparagus? Genius!


I think that is what it was. It came out of a bottle, it was asparagus, it was spicy, and it tasted awesome.
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby Foxfur » Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:14 pm

EspressoDude wrote:Manchester weed burner cooked pizza? If Man-Chester can cook Span, Man-Chester can certainly cook pizza!

I'm with him! As soon as my tour at forward operating base Skunk (house sitting) is over I'm gonna do me some research.

remi wrote:I'm the only one that thought BBQ Pork and Gouda would be fuckin fantastic? The best pizze I've ever had was a few days ago.. I had this awesome Pulled Pork pizza.. I may still have that on my mind.

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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby larsonfarmer » Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:18 pm

Foxfur wrote:
EspressoDude wrote:Manchester weed burner cooked pizza? If Man-Chester can cook Span, Man-Chester can certainly cook pizza!

I'm with him! As soon as my tour at forward operating base Skunk (house sitting) is over I'm gonna do me some research.

remi wrote:I'm the only one that thought BBQ Pork and Gouda would be fuckin fantastic? The best pizze I've ever had was a few days ago.. I had this awesome Pulled Pork pizza.. I may still have that on my mind.

No Remi, we are not alone. I want to believe.


thank god some one wannts gouda n pulled pork
on the other hand
no one wants salmon and goat cheese? wtf homies, no love for the fish?
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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:24 pm

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Re: Baking Pizzas on La Playa

Postby AntiM » Wed Dec 07, 2011 10:05 am

Pulled pork, yes, BBQ pork, no. Food allergies.
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