Wondering what other food you can you cook in a pizza oven besides pizza? There are many things that a wood fire can take to the next level. A big addition to food is the wood smoke which can add flavor to many different dishes. You can also cook a variety of foods by varying the heat of the oven.
Here is a list of some of my favourite foods which work well cooked in a pizza oven. I’ve picked out the best recipes from across the web to accompany them, so you have some clear instructions to follow.
The clay or brick oven is one of the oldest cooking methods, so its no surprise to see some obvious classics in this list such as roast meat, bread and baked fruit. There are some more modern spins in here too, like the baked brie, and the dessert pizza – so enjoy getting some inspiration.
Make sure you check out my article, 26 tips and tricks for making better pizza if you want to learn all the useful secrets for making better pizza at home.
Guide To Cooking Temperatures
Here’s a quick guide to oven temperatures and cooking methods. If you want to try one of your favorite recipes in the wood fired oven, you can refer back to this table for guidance.
|Fahrenheit||Celsius||Style Of Cooking||What To Cook|
|750°F +||400°C+||Pizza cooking||Pizza, garlic bread, naan bread|
|540 – 600°F||280 – 320°C||Grilling||Steak, sardines, shrimp|
|450 – 540°F||230 – 280°C||Roasting||Turkey, Roast potatoes, whole fish|
|400 – 450°F||200 – 230°C||Baking Bread||Sourdough, pizza rolls, foccacia|
|320 – 400°F||160 – 200°C||Baking Desserts||Carrot cake, |
cinnamon rolls, strawberry cobbler
|210 – 250°F||100 – 120°C||Slow cooking||Pulled pork, BBQ ribs, stews|
The only way you can really tell the temperature is with an infrared thermometer which are surprisingly cheap on Amazon these days. With this tool you can be accurate in your cooking temperatures, and can adjust the fire if you need to. Always add just one log at a time once there is food cooking in the oven.
It is important to heat the oven to the high temperatures before allowing it to cool back down to your required cooking temperature. This allows the bricks to heat properly so they can retain their heat and cook at a consistent temperature while you bake, roast or slow cook.
Another essential tool for cooking in the wood fired oven is the long handled pizza peel. I wrote an article on the best peels for wood fired ovens for all budgets, if you are considering one.
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Sardines are delicious when cooked against a fire. The heat will char and crisp the skin and the flavor will be fantastic. You can nail the sardines to wood blocks with a clean nail, and face them towards the flames to cook in the simplest of ways. Finish it with some lemon juice.
Get the recipe – Barbecued sardines
Beer Can Chicken
The chicken is lowered onto an upright beer can, so it cooks standing up. It cooks quickly and you can rotate the bird to cook on all sides. The steam from the beer keeps the meat juicy and from drying out in the heat. Remember to drink two thirds of the beer before starting.
Get the recipe – Beer Can Chicken.
Pulled Pork And Smoked Ribs
You can easily turn your pizza oven into a smoker by adding smoking wood or chips and closing the door. Making pulled pork is best “low and slow” to become tender, so you need to let your pizza oven cool down considerably. You can do ribs, brisket and any other of your favorite smokey meats for hours or overnight.
Get the recipe – Pizza Oven Pulled Pork
You can cook steaks on a griddle pan, a rack, or straight on the oven floor. Face the fat on the steak towards the flames so that it renders and crisps up. Go for a cut that can stand up to the heat – something with a higher fat content like rib eye, rather than a lean tenderloin.
Get the recipe – Caveman Steak
Corn On The Cob
You can cook these whole, in the husks if you can get them. Soak them beforehand to stop them burning, and then grill on the floor of the oven, turning them often. Let the flesh char but don’t let them burn.
Get the recipe – Woodfired Corn on the Cob
Why not try your Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner in your wood fired oven? It’s the perfect option to cook the bird in there and keep your main oven free for the other things which need cooking. Remember that turkeys can get quite large, so check it doesn’t touch the roof of the oven if yours is small.
Get the recipe – Woodfired Christmas Turkey
This is an easy side dish that can be prepared beforehand and then be ready to be put in the oven to crunch up the cheese topping. The similar dish you can do is potato Dauphinoise which has no cheese, but cream and garlic.
Get the recipe – Gratin Potatoes.
Baked Camembert Or Brie
This is a great appetiser or end to a meal. You need a round cheese that has a rind (and preferably a wooden box) and that will melt well such as Camembert or Brie. It is baked until soft and you dip crusty bread and anything else you fancy into the top.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Camembert
Wood Fired Sourdough
How mouth-watering does that sound? Take your brunch to the next level by making sourdough loafs in your wood fired oven. You can make simpler, no knead bread if you don’t have the time to make a sour dough starter.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Sourdough Bread
Roast Rib Of Beef
Cook your prime cut of beef in the pizza oven for a delectable meal. Place the meat on a rack in a roasting pan. You can use space in the roasting pan for other vegetables. Adjust your times for how well cooked you like your meat.
Get the recipe – Rib of Beef with Roasted New & Sweet Potatoes
Maple Plank Salmon
By cooking a fillet of fish on a plank of wood, it adds extra smokiness and keeps the fish moist. The flavors of smoke and salmon are a great combination. The wooden plank is soaked in water before cooking to stop burning. If you don’t have a plank then you can always roast it on vegetables.
Get the recipe – Maple Plank Wood Fired Salmon
Whole fish such as this snapper, roast well in a tray surrounded by vegetables, or wrapped up in a parcel of parchment paper. If you stand the fish up vertically, it can be cooked quickly on both sides by rotating the pan it is cooked in.
Get the recipe – Roasted Snapper
Another great appetiser which pairs great with the wood fired oven, and takes only minutes. The shrimps don’t need long cooking so keep it short so that you don’t over cook them. Finish with lots of lemon.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Basil Shrimp
This is fairly similar to your pizza recipes, but can be delicious side dish to another main dish, pizzas or as an appetizer on its own. You can use your regular pizza dough then add crushed garlic, butter, rosemary and olive oil for the winning combination.
Get the recipe – Garlic Bread with Rosemary
A classic Italian bread that is so easy to make with the residual heat of your oven. The dough is very similar to pizza dough so you should be familiar with it, or you can use some left over dough you have. Great dipped in olive oil, or sliced for sandwiches the next day.
Get the recipe – Focaccia Flatbread
Roasted Vegetables And Potatoes
You can use the high heat to roast potatoes and get them crispy, or you can wait until the heat has died down to slow roast mixed vegetables until soft. Potatoes can be baked in their skins. There are lots of things you can do – check the recipe for best recommendations of vegetables.
Get the recipe – Easily Roasted Vegetables in Wood Fired Oven
Roast Leg Of Lamb
Another fantastic roast for your pizza oven, this time it’s lamb with garlic, rosemary and thyme. A leg of lamb is leaner than a shoulder so can dry out if over cooked, but is less fatty. So take which one is your preference, or availability.
Get the recipe – Leg of Lamb or Lamb Shoulder
A great crowd-pleaser if you are cooking for guests. These pizza rolls are covered in cheese and garlic butter and are sure to go down well. Standard pizza dough can be used and you can fill them with absolutely anything.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Pizza Rolls
This Indian flatbread is usually cooked in a hot tandoori oven. Your pizza oven can replicate this method, and get the breads to puff up nicely. Brush them with butter and enjoy with your favorite curries.
Get the recipe – Wood-fired Naan
The perfect outdoor sweet treat. This version won’t have everyone burning themselves by reaching into the oven – the marshmallows are toasted in an iron skillet first. Then you bring it out and let everyone help themselves with crackers and fruit.
Get the recipe – Oohey Gooey S’mores
You can use left over pizza dough for these rolls, and make a great post-pizza dessert. You can add other fillings too such as Nutella, banana, berries and syrup. Just roll out the dough thinly, and stuff with your favorite fillings before slicing up.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Cinnamon and Raisin Rolls
Wood fired apples
Take the tops off apples and stuff with raisins and cinnamon and sugar. Bake them in the left over heat of your oven and then serve with ice cream for a simple yet tasty dessert.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Cinnamon Apples
Strawberry And Rhubarb Cobbler
Using a cast iron skillet is a great way to cook in the pizza oven as you’ve probably noticed in a few of these recipes. This time filled with fruit and topped with a cobbler topping for a classic dessert. You can do different variations of fruit or pie toppings in your pizza oven.
Get the recipe – Strawberry And Rhubarb Cobbler
Dessert Pizza with Mascarpone and Fruit
A list wouldn’t be complete without adding a dessert pizza. You can top off your pizza party by ending on a sweet pizza. Use your dough and add marscarpone cheese and some fresh fruit for a light finish.
Baking cakes in the wood fired oven is straight forward. You get the oven hot so the bricks radiate heat, then you just need the oven to cool to the temperatures required for baking. This is my favorite cake, the cinnamon, nuts and topping are divine.
Get the recipe – Wood Fired Classic Carrot Cake
As you can see, there are many mouth watering recipes out there for your pizza oven, so don’t restrict yourself to just pizza! Some of the best resources for recipes can be found at The Stone Bake Oven Company and Forno Bravo so check them out if you want more ideas.
You hopefully have some more ideas of what you can cook in a pizza oven besides pizza. You can find more recipes online easily by searching for your dish followed by “wood fired”. Usually a recipe will come up which has been adapted in its times and methods for a wood fired oven.
Enjoy cooking other things in your pizza oven!