We hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a fun, festive holiday season. And of course we hope your wood-fired oven plays a big part in your holiday menus and gatherings. (No oven yet? We can help with that!)
In this month's newsletter, we've included an update on the Wood-Fired Blog and a recipe for a really nice vegetable dish from Chef Bart Hosmer. You'll also find information on a big Bella BBQ sale going on now through the end of the year – see the article to the right for more information. Finally, at the bottom, our restaurant friends may be interested in new commercial financing for Forno Bravo ovens.
On behalf of the entire Forno Bravo team, I wish you happy, safe holidays. We understand we have the very best customers and community out there and are so thankful.
Here's to the joy that is wood-fired cooking,
P.S. The header photo, upper right, is from Chef Bart's butternut squash recipe, available on the Community Cookbook. This is a lovely side item on any holiday plate; check out the Cookbook for more recipes and to add your own.
Back to Blogging
In 2012, we debuted the Wood-Fired Blog as another way of communicating with our wonderful community of customers, dealers, Pompeii oven builders, partners and friends. As blogs often go, we've been very active at times and pretty quiet at others. If you follow our blog, you've probably noticed that we are re-energizing this resource. Just a few recent posts include:
- Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club mobile oven
- Custom tile work
- Chef Bart's caramelized apple pizza
- Mobile oven by Il Pizzaoilo
Subscribe by email or RSS feed (see upper-right section of the blog) – 2015 will be an active year for us.
Community Cookbook: Fire-Roasted "Ratatouille"
Chef Bart Hosmer shares this month's featured recipe from the Forno Bravo Community Cookbook.
Okay so not really a true ratatouille in that you are not stewing the vegetables together but the high heat of the Forno Bravo gives the vegetables a great sear and roasted flavor. I've also taken liberties from the classic and added fennel, one of my favorites, for some extra depth. You do not need to be fancy with this one, let your knife and the shape of the vegetable be your inspiration. Do your best to keep the cuts the same size so that they cook evenly.
1 small eggplant
1 each yellow squash
1 each zucchini
1 each red pepper
½ yellow onion
½ fennel bulb
4 cloves garlic
3 each tomatoes
8 basil leaves, chopped
2 sprigs oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
black pepper to taste
pinch red chili flakes
Cut eggplant into large pieces / rustic dice, place in a large bowl and season liberally with kosher salt. Set aside for 15 minutes, then transfer to a strainer and rinse with cold water. Set aside and let dry for 10-15 minutes.
Cut the remaining vegetables but the tomatoes into large pieces / rustic dice. Place in a mixing bowl, season with salt and pepper. Slice the tomatoes into equal wedge pieces and set aside with herbs.
Preheat your cast iron skillet or similar pan in your oven. Once heated, about 3 minutes, add the olive oil and chili flakes, let stand for 1 minute. Add diced vegetables including eggplant to the skillet and return to the oven. Let roast for 12-15 minutes. Pull skillet from oven, add tomato slices, basil and oregano, stir vegetables throughout and return to the oven for an additional 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat, add the balsamic vinegar, stir again to incorporate and transfer to a serving dish.
– Chef Bart