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Old 02-20-2009, 06:10 PM
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The day you fire the oven up to white, what can you cook if you are not in the mood for pizza? (it's not me, it's the wife) Just seems like a waste of heat to wait for the next day.

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Any thing you like as it is around 500˚C, (even the wife if she lies still long enough)
Try to cook things in a lowering temperature range, eg, pizza, then breads/rolls/buns, roasts, desert pies/tarts, the onto drying herbs/spices and when almost cool, then your next load of wood for the oven.

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Old 02-21-2009, 06:53 AM
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You can cook chicken pieces or chops at full pizza heat. Season them (nothing sugary), throw them in on a piece of foil and cook them just like in the barbeque. Turn in six minutes, cook six or seven minutes more and you're good to go. Interestingly, they brown on the top much more than the bottom.
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Great ideas. Keep them coming. I've been wondering the same thing.
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Les,

At our last pizza event, we cooked several items we used as 'toppings', but would work separately or as part of another style meal.

All in cast iron fry pans;

Chicken breast seasoned with dry spices and olive oil - what you might call great...

Sliced vegetables; onion, zucchini, bell peppers - oh so good

Garlic was 5 cloves for a dollar, so we shucked up a pan full, with a bit of olive oil.. yum... (I was eating these right out of the pan,,, but would be good with fresh bread, or ???)

I cooked all of these with the fire in the oven, careful to move the pans around and keep the food rolling around in the pans to avoid burning. Could easily be cooked in a hot oven without the fire..

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Great question. We all get so excited about building our ovens, but suggestions like these help us take full advantage of these great ovens. Keep them coming.

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I'm thinking Indian. Naan, tandoori chicken, etc.

Fresh pita bread with hummus (I'd buy the hummus; I've never been able to make any that I can stand, but I love the stuff from my local restaurant.)

Shrimp works beautifully on top of pizzas, so I imagine a nice garlicy lemon shrimp would be quite fabulous.

Think tapas. I'll bet bacon wrapped dates would work. Some of the sizzling baked cheese dishes. Toast bread in the entrance and rub with tomato and sprinkle with salt for pan con tomate.

Fun topic! I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's suggestions.
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They are amazing. Fire it up on Saturday afternoon, cook pizza in the evening, make 36 muffins the next morning, 3 loaves of ciabatta in the afternoon, then a beer can chicken for dinner (no chicken salad this time ). Damn! We are throwing a pot roast in a dutch oven with all the complements tomorrow morning. Don't know how thats going to work but feeling pretty confident. You nailed it Mark - these ovens are great!

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We are throwing a pot roast in a dutch oven with all the complements tomorrow morning. Don't know how thats going to work but feeling pretty confident.
It'll be great! We do it all the time.
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I was thinking that toppings would be great in the oven.

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