French Bread Pizza Rolls

When was the last time you enjoyed some French Bread Pizza Rolls?

French Bread Pizza Rolls eaten while camping

Until we started bringing them camping, it had been a while for me. I think back to my childhood when there were frozen French Bread Pizzas that my parents trusted me to cook myself in the microwave for a snack. Those…weren’t so good now that I think about it. But these French Bread Pizza Rolls are pretty good if we say so ourselves.

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Who doesn’t love food cooked over a campfire? Actually, we know a lot of people who don’t and we just have to feel sorry for them. Because we love to cook over a campfire, especially in heavy duty foil. Cooking in foil is easy to do, easy to customize, and easy to cleanup. Since there are hundreds of recipes out there for things to cook inside a foil pack, you are sure to find something that will be extremely delicious when cooked over the campfire. If pizza is one of your favorite foods, these French Bread Pizza Rolls should go on your menu for your next camping trip!

What we love about French Bread Pizza Rolls:

  • We make them ahead of time
  • They can be customized
  • It doesn’t require fancy ingredients

The Ingredients for French Bread Pizza Rolls:

  • French bread rolls (or one large loaf)
  • Softened cream cheese (optional)
  • Pizza sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • Shredded cheese (mozzarella or any other pizza friendly cheese)
  • Assorted toppings (pepperonis, black olives, pepper slices, etc.)
  • Dried basil, oregano, pizza dust (optional)
lay out pizza rolls for assembly
add pizza sauce on top of cream cheese
spread softened cream cheese on rolls
sprinkle "pizza dust" herbs over sauce

The Process Part One:

  1. Cut six pieces of heavy duty foil and six squares of parchment paper (optional). If you choose to use the parchment paper, place one piece on top of each piece of foil.
  2.  Cut your rolls in half and create an assembly line.
  3. (Optional) Spread a thin layer of softened cream cheese on both the top and the bottom of the rolls. This helps keep the sauce from soaking into the bread if you plan on keeping them in the freezer for a while. If you will be cooking and eating these soon, it is not necessary.
  4. Spread a thin layer of sauce on each side of your roll. Personally, I love a saucy pizza, but it is not a good idea to use too much sauce while camping.
  5. (Optional) Sprinkle some dried herbs such as basil, oregano, or some sort of pizza mixture on top of your sauce. We especially like Penzey’s Pizza Seasoning for topping ours.
sprinkle cheese on both sides
carefully close your sandwiches
add toppings on one side
wrap and bag for storage until time to camp
  1. Layer some cheese, then your pizza toppings, then another layer of cheese on the bottom of the roll. Don’t be too generous. You want your roll to stay together while you eat it.
  2. Next, layer the top of the roll back over your toppings and cheese.
  3. Place your roll on top of your parchment paper on top of your heavy duty foil. If I’m not using the parchment paper, I will use two layers of foil as it helps prevent the pizza roll from burning. It also aids in more even heat distribution.
  4. Place your pizza rolls in a large zip top bag and refrigerate up to three days or freeze until time to go camping.

The Process Part Two:

  1. Start your campfire or heat up your grill so that your heat source is ready. If using wood or charcoal, let the flames die out prior to cooking your food.
  2. Place your pizza rolls over indirect heat for five to ten minutes, turning them a few times to help them heat evenly and allowing the cheese to melt.
  3. Carefully pull the packets off and let them cool for a minute or two.
  4. Either open the seams and place the pizza rolls on a plate or unwrap and eat bite by bite.
  5. Serve with extra pizza sauce and/or honey for dipping if you wish.

FAQ and How to Customize:

Q. What are some good side dishes to go with these French Bread Pizza Rolls?

A. We think you can never go wrong with a nice green salad, but that can be difficult too far along in the camping trip. So fresh veggies that keep well such as baby carrots, cucumbers sliced at camp, and broccoli or cauliflower are all good options. Serve with some dip if that is the only way your family will eat them. I also recommend sturdy fruit such as apples, oranges, or melon for a balanced meal.

Q. I can’t find French bread rolls. What else can I use?

A. This can be made on almost any type of rolls or loaves of bread you can find. We have even used hot dog rolls and hamburger buns when I had some that needed to be used up. The only bread we would not use would be sandwich bread because we would save those for pudgy pies.

Equipment needed:

  • Aluminum Foil: We use heavy duty aluminum foil for all of our foil packet recipes. It only takes one time for your foil to fall apart during the process of cooking to realize the importance of quality foil.
  • Parchment Paper: Some people don’t like to cook over high heat with aluminum. Parchment paper is the way to go here. Line the inside of the foil with the paper and everything cooks the same, just without touching the foil. Bonus-the foil stays clean and can be recycled.      
  • Heat resistant gloves: If you are going to be working around a fire, at some point you will probably get burned. These gloves can help prevent that.

More Pizza Recipes to Enjoy Camping:

French Bread Pizza Rolls

If you love to eat pizza while camping as much as we do, we offer you these easy-make ahead French Bread Pizza Rolls for your next trip.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: camping, foil packets, freezer friendly, make-ahead, pizza
Servings: 6 rolls

Ingredients

  • french bread rolls or loaf
  • 1 tub cream cheese softened
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • dried herbs optional
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • assorted toppings
  • extra sauce for dipping optional
  • honey for dipping optional

Instructions

At home:

  • Cut six pieces of heavy duty foil and six squares of parchment paper (optional). If you choose to use the parchment paper, place one piece on top of each piece of foil.
  • Cut your rolls in half and create an assembly line.
  • (Optional) Spread a thin layer of softened cream cheese on both the top and the bottom of the rolls. This helps keep the sauce from soaking into the bread if you plan on keeping them in the freezer for a while. If you will be cooking and eating these soon, it is not necessary.
  • Spread a thin layer of sauce on each side of your roll. Personally, I love a saucy pizza, but it is not a good idea to use too much sauce while camping.
  • (Optional) Sprinkle some dried herbs such as basil, oregano, or some sort of pizza mixture on top of your sauce. We especially like Penzey's Pizza Seasoning for topping ours.
  • Layer some cheese, then your pizza toppings, then another layer of cheese on the bottom of the roll. Don’t be too generous. You want your roll to stay together while you eat it.
  • Next, layer the top of the roll back over your toppings and cheese.
  • Place your roll on top of your parchment paper on top of your heavy duty foil. If I’m not using the parchment paper, I will use two layers of foil as it helps prevent the pizza roll from burning. It also aids in more even heat distribution.
  • Place your pizza rolls in a large zip top bag and refrigerate up to three days or freeze until time to go camping.

At the campsite:

  • Start your campfire or heat up your grill so that your heat source is ready. If using wood or charcoal, let the flames die out prior to cooking your food.
  • Place your pizza rolls over indirect heat for five to ten minutes, turning them a few times to help them heat evenly and allowing the cheese to melt.
  • Carefully pull the packets off and let them cool for a minute or two.
  • Either open the seams and place the pizza rolls on a plate or unwrap and eat bite by bite.
  • Serve with extra pizza sauce and/or honey for dipping if you wish.

If you make these French Bread Pizza Rolls tag us on Instagram @campinganswer and tell us what toppings you used. We’d love to know what you think.

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