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A creamy, delicious marshmallow cheesecake that you can make in a dutch oven while glamping! With a fun topping bar including chocolate ganache, Honey Maid Graham Crackers, and more!
Yes! You did read that correctly, using a dutch oven for cooking a cheesecake! Crazy right? But totally possible. And what says “camping” more than s’mores? And what says luxury and glamour more than cheesecake? Combine the two for glamping.
I love to travel. I love to see the world, to hike, sight see, and enjoy everything our amazing planet has to offer. In. A. Hotel. Or a Resort. With cozy comforters, hot water, electricity. Not so much in a tent. Not so much sleeping on the ground.
My kids complained last year that they never get to go camping. Apparently cruises are not going to suffice, they want nature, dirt, and tents. And so we compromised and went with glamping instead. That is glamourous camping. In other words, you get to enjoy everything camping has to offer like campfire stories and s’mores, but with a little glamour thrown in.
Lucky for me, my parents have this huge amazing tent, and they built a floor to put under it. So you can have a great camping experience with all the comforts of home, and all the fun of being out in nature. It is big enough to house a huge air mattress, bed side tables for holding drinks, phones, pumpkins (we went around Halloween), and even a plant to make it feel homey.
We also had a table, lamps, chairs, a stereo, and more! If I am going to camp, I am going to glamp. I grew up in a family with 10 kids, I have camped a gazillion times in my life, so I think it is okay to want a little more comfort.
We figured Arches National Park would be a great place for glamping! We found a pumpkin patch to camp in, and set up shop. I had gone to Walmart to get everything I needed for the weekend, from lanterns to hang outside the tent to rope lights we could use to make everything beautiful.
Plus some cozy bedding, throw pillows, side tables with plants, music to listen to, and more. That is an air mattress. And let me tell you, it sure beats sleeping on the ground!
I knew I wanted cold drinks and delicious food. I also knew that I did not want to spend a lot of time cooking when there were red rocks, and beautiful arches to explore. So I bought an electric cooler, and had cold drinks and frozen pizza the whole trip. We made Freschetta Pizza on the grill. It was so good, and totally tasty, and I have an easy ranch dip you can make to go with it for added flavor and fun.
We opted for the Brick Oven variety of Freschetta, since the crust is so good, and the sauce is made from real tomatoes. With real cheese, it got so nice and melty, and was so yummy grilled. But another great option is the Freschetta® Naturally Rising pizzas.
To grill the pizza you need to do the following:
- First, keep the pizza frozen until you are ready to grill. But be sure not to eat it if you haven’t cooked it.
- Grilling is inconsistent, as it depends on a lot of factors for heat, heat distribution, etc. So the pizza is done when the cheese is all melted and the bottom of the crust is golden brown. When glamping, be sure to keep an eye on it.
- Preheat your grill for at least 5 minutes.
- Take the pizza out of the cardboard and clear overwrap film before you start cooking it.
- Take a piece of foil at least twice the width of the pizza and fold it in half so you get a double layer. Then over the bottom of the pizza with it.
- Put the pizza on the foil onto the center of your pre-heated grill.
- Now turn the grill to low (if possible, if using a charcoal grill, open vents) and cook for about 13-15 minutes with the lid closed. Of course, this time could vary, so watch it.
- Let the pizza stand for 2 minutes before slicing and serving.
As I have mentioned before, my family is full of dippers, so I made a ranch dip to dip the pizza in. It is easy, and flavorful, and a great compliment to the grilled Freschetta.
The ranch dip was great because we could dip our pizza in it, but I also used it throughout the trip for veggie dip. Yum!
Ranch Dip Dutch Oven Cheesecake + Glamping
- 8 oz of Sour Cream
- 1 tsp of Onion Powder
- 1 tsp of Garlic Powder
- 2 tsp of dried Dill
- 1/2 tsp dried Basil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- A squeeze of fresh lemon adjust according to taste
- 10 inch dutch oven
- 8 inch spring form pan
- aluminum foil
- 2 cups water
- 30 pieces of charcoal more may be needed
- 1 cup Honey Maid Graham Crackers
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 2 Tbs sugar
- 2- 8 ounce packages of cream cheese
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup marshmallow fluff
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Taste and adjust seasonings to your personal preference.
- Keep chilled until ready to serve.
- Serve with pizza and veggie sides.
- Start your charcoal. Light it, and get it going so it is hot. Depending on weather conditions, make a foil tent around it to keep it hot.
- Crush graham crackers
- Mix with melted butter and sugar to form a crust
- Press the Honey Maid graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a springform pan
- Put 2 cups of water in the bottom of a 10 inch dutch oven
- Place 8 charcoal pieces under the dutch oven, and 12 on the lid, put the lid over the top and start heating the dutch oven and water.
- While that is heating, mix together the filling. Use a hand mixer, or just mix really well, and mix the cream cheese and sugar, vanilla, marshmallow fluff, and heaving whipping cream.
- When well mixed, add the eggs, one at a time, and blend until just incorporated. Do not over mix. Pour over crust into springform pan. If your pan is not airtight, put foil around the bottom edge so the water bath does not seep in and ruin your cheesecake.
- Carefully lift the lid to the dutch oven, and place the springform inside the heated water.
- Replace lid and let cook for about 1- 1 1/2 hours, until no longer jiggly in center. Replace coals as needed to keep the dutch oven hot and heating evenly.
- Once cooked, remove from dutch oven, and let cool. Then top as you wish. For me it was chocolate ganache and graham crackers.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
Head to Walmart to get everything you need for your next glamping trip. And check out the Glamping Social Hub for more ideas and tutorials for making your glamping trip extra fun!
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