How to Maximise Your Pizza Oven Over Christmas
So, you’ve finally made the smart decision to invest in an outdoor pizza oven – congratulations! Once you’re all set up and ready to go, the next step is knowing how to maximise the potential of your shiny new pizza oven.
Shock fact: you can cook more than just pizza!
There’s no better time to experiment with different recipes than the hot Aussie Christmas period, as you’ll be spending plenty of time entertaining your friends and family outdoors.
Christmas is a time for wining, dining and enjoying the company of your loved ones. Your new pizza oven will succeed in bringing people together for a relaxed alfresco dining experience, where your guests can eat, drink and be merry all night long. When Christmas day rolls around, you’ll be well versed on how to cook the perfect pizza in your new oven, so now it’s time to mix things up and experiment with some more festive recipes.
Wood Fired Christmas Recipes
There are so many aspects of your pizza oven that make it perfect for cooking Christmas feasts. Firstly, the sheer amount of space available in your pizza oven will eliminate any unnecessary stress on Christmas day. Gone are the days of trying to cram your potatoes, meat and veggies into one tiny oven shelf. Lo’ and behold – the spacious pizza oven can comfortably accommodate all of your culinary desires.
If you think your Christmas turkey has to be cooked for hours on end in a traditional oven – think again. The incredible heat that you get with a wood-fired oven means you have a slightly shorter cooking time and an amazing crispy finish on the skin. Crank the heat right up before cooking your meat of choice – just like you would for a pizza. Once the oven is nice and hot, cook the turkey for 1 hour then baste and turn if necessary. Cook the turkey for another hour and repeat with basting. After half an hour of extra cooking time, your turkey should be ready (based on a 3-4 kg size – add more cooking time for a larger turkey!)
You don’t have to be restricted to a traditional turkey on Christmas day – wood-fired glazed ham has the most incredibly smoky flavour that is just to die for when cooked with this method! In fact, the versatility of your pizza oven means you can give that luxuriously smoky flavour to any Christmas meats and vegetables you like! Try cooking your carrots and parsnips with a sweet honey glaze – just place on a tray and insert into the pizza oven. Simple and so delicious.
You’re not limited to cooking savoury foods in the oven – why not branch out even further by cooking a rustic dessert for the whole family to enjoy. For a light yet flavoursome finish to your meal, try roasting some figs with a sprinkling of candied walnuts and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. For a more wholesome dessert, try baking an apple and pear pie in your pizza oven. The extreme heat of this cooking method will give your pie a lovely golden top and crust – just keep an eye on it as you’re cooking and cover it with foil to avoid burning.
The Meaning of Christmas
Now you should be well and truly filled with innovative recipe ideas to try with your pizza oven. Even though the delicious smoky flavours, large oven space and time-saving value of your pizza oven has probably already convinced you to use it this Christmas, there’s another very important reason to consider.
A scorching hot Aussie Christmas means most of the day tends to be spent outside. Maybe you’ll start off with a swim on the beach before cracking open the champagne and opening presents in the garden. Whatever way you spend your day, the idea is to be surrounded by family and people you love. Don’t waste time spending hours preparing and cooking in the kitchen when you can follow these delicious recipes that can be cooked outdoors, right amongst the party. The alfresco dining experience is a part of Aussie Christmas culture, so the pizza oven is a natural addition to that concept. Get the pizza oven roaring and keep the Christmas celebrations going all day long, with no interruptions to rush to the kitchen inside!