As summer begins here in Australia, it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor entertaining plans. With Christmas, New Year’s, Boxing Day and Australia Day just around the corner, now is the time to make sure that you’re prepared for the warmer days and nights ahead.
This summer, think beyond the traditional BBQ and switch things up by cooking up some delicious and exciting meals for your guests on an alfresco pizza oven. Not only are wood-fired pizza ovens a great gathering place on hot summer nights, but they are easy to assemble on your own without professional installation.
Get some inspiration for your next wood-fired meal by checking out these four recipe ideas to make this summer in your alfresco pizza oven.
Wood-fired naan bread
While there are several different ways for making this delectable type of bread, one of the best ways is in a wood-fired oven. Depending on your palate, you can find a recipe for either plain naan or you can add a dash of extra flavour (such as garlic). Once you’ve made the dough, simply put it in your pizza oven for a few minutes on one side, before brushing it with olive oil and returning it to the oven for another minute or two.
Did you know that you can grill a steak directly on the floor of your pizza oven? In fact, this is a great way to get a smoky and delicious flavour into the meat. Simply put the steak onto a grill, place it on top of the coals and cook it to your temperature preferences.
Vegetarian side dishes
Your pizza oven is the perfect place to test out new veggie recipes. Take advantage of Australia’s abundance of seasonal veg while getting your daily serving of healthy nutrients.
Some examples include corn on the cob, asparagus, artichokes and eggplant. You can serve these delights by themselves or carve them up to add into salads or other side dishes.
And, of course, pizza
One of the key benefits of owning a wood-fired pizza oven is the vast number of pizza creations you can make. With so many options, you can serve up delicious meals nearly every night of the week without getting tired of it.
Go beyond the typical tomato base and test out different sauces, like pesto and white sauces. Experiment with cheeses by combining multiple varieties, including tasty, mozzarella and goats cheese. Plus, meat and veggie options are nearly endless, so you can cater to carnivores and omnivores alike.
If you don’t yet have an alfresco pizza oven, now is the ideal time to install one at your home before the busy outdoor entertaining season officially begins. You can even turn it into a fun DIY project for your family.
As a local Australian business, Sydney Heaters and Pizza Ovens offer a range of wood-fired ovens for you to serve up unforgettable meals for years to come. Call us on 1300 723 908 or visit our showroom in Northmead.