How to Make Pie Iron Pizza Pockets

Pie iron pizza pockets are a delicious campfire meal that’s a lot of fun to make! In this post, I’m going to show you step by step exactly how to make pizza pockets in the pie iron over a campfire.

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Pie iron pizza pockets with cheese and pepperoni.

These campfire pizza pockets are:

  • crispy on the outside
  • soft and chewy on the inside
  • loaded with melted cheese
  • endlessly customizable
  • fun and easy to make over the campfire

Let’s get started!

Ingredients for pie iron pizza pockets while camping.

Pie Iron Pizza Pocket Ingredients

You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make pizza pockets while camping. I use store-bought pizza dough and sauce to make this meal even easier to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough – I usually buy pizza dough from the grocery store, but if you prefer, you can easily make your own at home before your camping trip.
  • Pizza sauce – Again, I buy a pre-made pizza sauce to make this camping dinner super easy.
  • Mozzarella cheese – Where there’s pizza, there’s cheese. I buy pre-shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese.
  • Olive Oil – The olive oil is used to coat the dough so it doesn’t dry out, and to prevent sticking to the pie iron. I use these small to-go tubes for packing my olive oil on camping trips.
  • Optional Add-Ins – This is where you can get creative and bring along any add-ins that you want! Possible options are pepperoni, cooked bacon pieces, chopped bell peppers, or chopped onions.
  • Extra flour – If your dough is really sticky, it’s nice to have a little extra flour to sprinkle on the surface so that the dough doesn’t stick.
Rome Industries square pie iron used for making pizza pockets over the campfire.

Gear Spotlight:

You won’t need a lot of camp kitchen gear to make these pizza pockets! That’s one of the reasons I love them. Here are the main things you’ll need:

  • Cooking iron – You’ll need a cast iron cooking iron (that’s a mouthful!) to make these pizza pockets. Cooking with the cooking iron is so much fun, but it does take some time to make each pizza pocket. If you want to make a lot of pizza pockets, you might want a couple of pie irons so that you can make them faster.
  • Firewood – Don’t forget to pack the firewood because these pizza pockets are cooked over the campfire.
Cheesy pepperoni pie iron pizzas made while camping.

How to Make Pie Iron Pizza Pockets

Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions with photos showing you exactly how to make pizza pockets with the pie iron!

Pizza dough on the cutting board.
Campfire ready to cook the pie iron pizzas.

Step 1: Prep the fire and dough

Remove the packaging from the pizza dough, coat the dough in a little olive oil so it doesn’t dry out, and then let it come to room temperature.

Cold dough is hard to stretch and shape, so we want the dough to come to room temperature before we work with it.

We’re going to be cooking these pizza pockets over the campfire, so while the dough is warming up, get the fire going.

Shaping pizza dough to fit into the pie iron.
Making pizza pockets while camping.

Step 2: Shape the dough

Cut 2 small pieces of pizza dough and shape them into squares small enough to fit inside the pie iron.

Sprinkle some flour onto your surface if the dough is sticking.

Make sure the dough isn’t too thick, or else your pizza pocket will be too doughy once cooked.

Adding the pizza sauce to the dough.
Adding the mozzarella cheese.
Adding the pepperoni.

Step 3: Add the filling

Add a spoonful of pizza sauce and then layer on the cheese and other ingredients such as pepperoni.

Layer on the top piece of dough.
Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pizza pocket shut.

Step 4: Crimp the edges of the pizza pocket

Layer on the top piece of dough and then use a fork to crimp the edges of the pizza pocket shut.

Add olive oil to the pie iron so that the pizza pocket doesn’t stick.
Use a spatula to lift the pizza pocket easily.

Step 5: Put the pizza pocket in the pie iron

Add a small amount of olive oil to coat the pie iron on both sides.

Place the pizza pocket into the pie iron.
Now the pizza pocket is ready to be cooked over the campfire.

Use a spatula to scoop the pizza pocket up and place it into the cooking iron.

Pizza pockets assembled and ready to be cooked.

Step 6: Cook the Cooking Iron Pizzas

Cook the pizza pockets over the campfire for about 15 minutes. You want to flip the pie iron frequently to keep an even heat on both sides.

I start with 5 minutes on each side and then 2-5 min on each side again after that until I reach about 15 minutes.

Note: Cook time will vary depending on how hot your fire is and how close you hold the cooking iron to the flames.

I suggest you do a test with your first pizza pocket to get a feel for the cooking time and heat, then adjust as needed for the rest of them.

Cooking with a Rome Industries pie iron over the campfire.
A cooked pie iron pizza pocket.

If you have 2 people, one person can be cooking the pizza pockets, while the other assembles them.

Once the pizza pocket is done cooking, use a spatula to carefully remove it from the hot cooking iron and repeat the process with the remaining dough.

Amanda cooking pie iron pizza pockets while camping.

More Pie Iron recipes to try:

Pie Iron Pizza Pockets

Pie iron pizza pockets are a delicious campfire meal that’s a lot of fun to make. Melted cheese, crispy and chewy dough, and tons of optional add-ins make this camping dinner a huge hit!
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Servings: 6 pizza pockets
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • pizza sauce (about 1 cup)
  • 6-8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pepperoni (optional)
  • other add-ins such as peppers, onions, cooked bacon, or cooked sausage (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Remove the packaging from the pizza dough, coat the dough in a little olive oil so it doesn’t dry out, and then let the dough come to room temperature.*
  • While the dough is warming up, get the fire going.
  • Cut 2 small pieces of pizza dough and shape them into squares small enough to fit inside the pie iron. Sprinkle some flour onto your surface if the dough is sticking.
  • Add a spoonful of pizza sauce and then layer on the cheese and other ingredients such as pepperoni, if using.
  • Layer on the top piece of dough and then use a fork to crimp the edges of the pizza pocket shut.
  • Add a small amount of olive oil to coat the pie iron on both sides. Use a spatula to scoop the pizza pocket up and place it into the pie iron.
  • Cook the pizza pockets over the campfire for about 15 minutes. You want to flip the pie iron frequently to keep an even heat on both sides. I start with 5 minutes on each side and then 2-5 min on each side again after that until I reach about 15 minutes.**
  • Once the pizza pocket is done cooking, use a spatula to carefully remove it from the hot pie iron and repeat the process with the remaining dough.

Notes

*Cold dough is hard to stretch and shape, so we ideally want the dough to come to room temperature before we work with it.
**Cook time will vary depending on how hot your fire is and how close you hold the pie iron to the flames. I suggest you do a test with your first pizza pocket to get a feel for the cooking time and temperature, then, adjust as needed for the rest of them.
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2 Comments

  1. I love these recipes! Do you have a link to the square cast iron pan?

    I can’t wait to make the dessert one! 🙂

    1. The square one in the photos is by the brand Rome, but I’m currently using the Camp Chef cooking irons and I like them better. They only come in a round shape though, but they’re a little deeper and come seasoned so you don’t have to do that youself!