Wood-Fired Oven Cookbook: 70 Recipes for Incredible Stone-Baked Pizzas and Breads, Roasts, Cakes and Desserts, All Specially Devised for the Outdoor Oven and Illustrated in Over 400 Photographs
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Ooni began with a quest for authentic pizza — the type with flame-cooked toppings and a leopard-spotted crust. We’ve been empowering people with the knowledge and tools they need to make awesome pizza at home since 2012. Storage: consider the space you have available. The smallest pizza ovens we've tested are the BBQ-top models, which thanks to their small, boxy size, can easily be stored in a garage, shed or even inside somewhere. A number of the models on this list have easy foldaway legs, meaning they too will take up very little room when not in use. Some of the larger models we've tested will need to be kept outside in all weathers, in this case, a cover is an absolute must. But, now, with the proliferation of affordable pizza ovens, the average home cook can eschew the frozen pie and easily fire up an artisanal one. First and foremost, you do not have to be a great crust maker to be a great pizza maker. Grocery stores sell perfectly good raw pizza dough, and many local pizzerias are happy to sell you their dough as well. Do not feel that you must go down the rabbit hole of doughmaking to have a wonderful homemade pizza. Having said that, if you do want to make your own, using actual Italian 00 flour , which is specially milled for pizza and pasta making, will make a major difference in flavor, texture, and elasticity of the dough. Companies like Caputo and Molino Grassi are widely available in grocery stores and online. If you cannot find Italian flour, King Arthur Bread flour is always dependable. 2. Encourage Stretchy Dough
Safety: Pizzas require incredibly high temperatures to cook so we looked for excellent insulation and safety features to make using the pizza oven easy to use. It might be hard to restrain yourself, but minimize toppings when you can. Overloaded pies are hard to launch and might slop over onto the stone—which is difficult to clean. A thin coating of sauce and a mere scattering of toppings generally works best. Speaking of sauce, pre-cooked sauces do not do as well in pizza ovens compared to sauces that are made with canned tomatoes. Save the cooked or jarred sauces for pizza in your kitchen oven. As I mentioned, there is perfectly good quality pre-made pizza dough available pretty much everywhere these days, and even some good frozen options. Having said that, there are some simple doughs that anyone can make without difficulty. My favorite is a two-ingredient recipe. I combine equal parts by volume of whole milk Greek yogurt and self-rising flour. The natural acidity of the yogurt activates the leavenings in the flour and you get an easy-to-work-with dough that is great for any pizza or flatbread, with some tang that imitates sourdough. You will have to roll this dough (not stretch) and it doesn’t rise. For every 10-12 inch pizza, you’ll need ½ cup yogurt and ½ cup self-rising flour. (You may want to also add a pinch of salt.) Multiply up as needed. Pizza Dough for Camping Babadoh dough containers make prepping and storing those perfect dough balls super simple. As silicone molds with lids, they keep your dough round, and the balls are easy to pop out. Our ‘Little Italy’. Our oven gets lots of use all year-round and has been enjoyed by family and friends on many occasions. We occasionally cook meats with the oven as well as a whole roast dinner! It’s so versatile and a joy to use.
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The Roccbox also has a limited-edition oven collaboration with chef and forager Brad Leone . The oven is a gorgeous sage green and has Leone’s logo on it. It’s the same price as the regular Roccbox, but I have to say, the color hits me where I live. Best for a Crowd Accessories: take a look at which accessories your chosen pizza oven comes with. In our eyes, a pizza peel is an essential, but some brands don't provide these as standard, and this will be an additional cost. Fuel type: some will be gas-fuelled, others need wood, or it may be a multi-fuel. Indoor pizza ovens plug into the mains so don't need any other means of generating heat. Whether multi-fuel, gas, or electric, you can find the oven that's perfect for you with our handy comparison tool. Sometimes the best pizza sauce is also the simplest. My recommendation is this: For every four pizzas you want to make, take one 15-ounce can of whole peeled canned San Marzano tomatoes, crush by hand, and season with salt and pepper. That’s it. That’s the whole recipe. And yes, splurge on the fancy San Marzano DOP tomatoes. Their natural sweetness and the wonderful texture make a major difference, as they are less watery and have fewer seeds than other tomatoes. It should just taste like a bright, fresh tomato enhanced with seasoning. When you first start, resist the urge to zhuzh, you’ll be amazed how well this works. But obviously, if you want to add things like red pepper flakes for heat, or some dried herbs for depth, follow your intuition. Pizza Dough
Make it for yourself; make it for your friends; make it for the kids; make it for a crowd. It’s just so good. Ooni Pizza Topping Station is another one of my favorite tools. It has two large and four small containers for your sauce, cheese, and toppings, and has seal-tight lids for storing in the fridge. The tilted holder keeps everything at the perfect angle for fast pie prep. Ease of build and use: We timed how long it took to build the oven and rated the instruction manual. We then assessed how easy it was to use the oven.Heading out the door? Read this article on the Outside app available now on iOS devices for members! Flour, salt, water and yeast come together to create the perfect foundation for any good Italian pizza. Say hello to our original pizza dough recipe! For best results cook from chilledEnsure pizza is piping hot before serving and serve immediately. Guidelines only as all cooking appliances vary in performance. Oven cook
Fuel source and ease of use: How easy is it to get cooking? Is the fuel source easy to add and efficient? We looked for ovens that were intuitive to use, scoring accessories, too. Though your oven might accommodate a 16-inch pizza, smaller pies are much easier to maneuver. Err on the side of 10- to 12-inch pizzas until you get the hang of launching and turning your pies. 4. Use Flour for Better Sliding For pizza ovens, I recommend the sauce I made at the Molino Caputo flour company in a class with one of their most famous pizzaiolos, Davide Civitiello. (See Must-Have Recipes for Homemade Pizza below.) 6. Adjust Heat for Different Style of Pizzas The Primo 60 is our smallest, most affordable oven ideal for those looking to branch out to wood fired cooking. Mouthwatering dishes to make with your Ooni pizza oven, from breakfast to dinner and so much more than just pizza!If you don’t have a pizza oven, you can use the Baking Steel on your grill, kamado, or in your kitchen oven. And, to go along with that, Fibrament makes my favorite baking stone. The Gusto 120 is our largest most powerful oven . Boasting the diameter of a Vento with additional depth. Perfect for hosting anything from a pizza party, whole banquet or customers in your restaurant. I really love the Gozney perforated peel for most of my pies because it slides well and comes with both short and long handles. For another solid peel, Epicurean makes one of pressed wood that is dishwasher safe. The Mezzo 76 is ideal for those looking to cook a wide range of dishes without encompassing the oven in a build.
These days, we’re all about nurturing the deep-rooted, undeniable love of pizza inside all of us. We want to make great pizza possible for everyone, anytime and anywhere hunger strikes. While a pizza oven is a feat of incredible engineering, delicious pizza requires more than just a medium to bake it in. When you begin making homemade pizza, it’s nice to have some guidance. These are the top takeaways from my time learning the art of pizza-making in Italy. 1. Buy Pre-made Dough