Wood Fired Pizza Ovens

One of the unique charms of a wood fired pizza oven is that the oven itself feels like an artisanal craft. Due to the fact that they need to withstand a high amount of heat for long periods of time, the only material that can be used safely is stone. Therefore every oven is made by hand in a way that best suits your own personal needs and preferences. The level of unique design that can be used as a functional piece of d├ęcor that transforms the yard it is in.

Another advantage to a wood fired pizza oven is the fact that it cooks the pizza in a way that creates a signature taste that you are unable to get with a gas fueled oven. Due to the high heats created in the combustion of wood, you are able to get a more authentic pizza with a distinct flavor from the way the cheese and dough react to the temperature. This leads to gooey, stretchy cheese and toasted toppings that will make your pizza stand out from ones made using other ovens.

Despite being named a pizza oven, they actually have a number of uses in preparing a variety of foods. Experimenting by preparing different dishes over a wood fire can create a unique flavor, and is great for barbeques and other outdoor gatherings. In fact some people buy pizza ovens for the intent of using it to grill food as it can create nice seared meats and toasted sandwiches.

One of the problems you may encounter after purchasing a wood-fired pizza oven is obtaining wood for fuel. While some areas may have ordinances that make obtaining firewood difficult, nearly all areas have a supplier to keep your oven stockpiled. However as a precautionary measure it is a good idea to contact a company in the area and ensure that you are able to obtain wood.

Pizza Toppings Beyond Pepperoni

Veggies

Pizza is often known for being meat-laden; there is not a menu out there that doesn’t feature a “meat lover’s” or “all meat” pie. Next time you’re in the mood for something cheesy and delicious, go the opposite direction with your slice. Pizzerias offer an extensive selection of vegetables, like onions, eggplant, tomatoes, red peppers, broccoli, and more. Ask for a large one with all of the veggies. Tell yourself you’re being “healthy.”

White

Have you ever felt like your dinner had one too many tomatoes? This is much lighter than the pepperoni or cheese pies you’re used to getting. Instead of marinara, order a pie with a brush of olive oil. Ask for it to be topped with mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, and maybe some green olives. Drizzle just a little olive oil over the baked pie before eating it. This makes for a flavorful pie that is light yet satisfying, and it doesn’t have a single tomato.

Hot Wings

Ask for your dough to be spread with hot wing sauce, and then have sliced chicken or even chicken wings and bleu cheese added. You can also try this with ranch instead of hot wing sauce, with the buffalo sauce on the side. This would be a great choice for wing lovers, or for snacks or dinner during a game. You can still get celery on the side for the “healthy” part.

Bacon Cheeseburger

For this one, you can start with the plain old marinara sauce, but you’ll want to ask for cheddar instead of the more common mozzarella cheese. Add ground beef, red or white chopped onions, and diced tomatoes, and, last but not least, bacon. This one smells good, but the taste is even better.

Green Olives, Green Peppers, and Ham

This one might sound a bit strange at first, but the flavor combination works. The vinegary flavor of the green olives complements the saltier flavor of the ham, and the red peppers provide a nice, sharp contrast. Try on a traditional mozzarella and marinara pizza, or order it with pesto for a nutty complement.

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Make Buffalo Chicken Pizza

The ingredients include, melted butter, skinless and boneless chicken that has already been cubed, a bottle of blue cheese that is often used as a salad dressing, a 16 inch refrigerated pizza crust, and a pack of mozzarella cheese. Those who like even more spice can use Cayenne pepper sauce. All of these ingredients are very easy to find. You will, of course, need an oven and a baking pan and a skillet in order to prepare this type of pizza. You should assemble everything that you need beforehand in order to make sure that the cooking process goes smoothly.

The steps for preparing the Buffalo Chicken Pizza are very simple and straightforward. First, pre-heat the oven at about 425 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 220 degrees Celsius. Then, you should unroll the pizza dough and put it in a lightly greased baking pan. The best baking pan should measure around fifteen inches, by ten inches, by one inch. Bake the dough for about seven minutes, and then remove it. You can then brush the dough with about two tablespoons of buffalo sauce. You should sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top of the dough and then set it aside.

Take the cubed chicken and cook it separately in the skillet until the chicken pieces are no longer pink. You can spice it up with garlic, Cayenne pepper and salt. You should stir the chicken over medium heat in order to ensure that all the pieces are properly cooked. After the chicken has been properly prepared, you should spoon it over the pizza crust and cheese that you had prepared earlier.

Bake the pizza for about eighteen to twenty minutes or until the crust is golden brown and all the cheese has melted. You can choose to serve it with blue cheese dressing. This pizza can be cut into about eight slices, and it can comfortably serve four people. You can be sure that everyone will enjoy this pizza, and you will get a number of requests to prepare it over and over again. For some nutritional facts, you should know that one serving (which in our case is equal to two slices of pizza) has about three grams of fibre, 76 grams of protein and about 218 milligrams of cholesterol.

Vegetarian Takeout Guide

Thankfully, tasty vegetarian food is easier to find than ever before. You can place an order for takeout or delivery from a variety of places and have your food within the hour. Of course, you may live in a place with limited selections or be part of a group ordering out (a group that has meat-eaters). Here’s a look at some mainstream-type restaurants that offer a decent or robust selection of vegetarian fare. Here’s the first hint: taco pizza delivery.

Pizza

Search, “pizza specials near me tonight,” if you’re on a budget. Otherwise, explore options such as taco pizza, cheese pizza, gluten-free pizza, garden-fresh pizza, or create your own. For instance, many taco pizza varieties come with beef included. Choose the “create your own” option to customize your food exactly the way you’d like. Alternatively, when you put in an order, specify that the pizza should not have beef.

One more thing: Many restaurants let you use “track my pizza” so you can see the progress of your order and be ready for the delivery person.

Chinese

Chinese food is a delight for many vegetarians. The possibilities include sesame noodles, vegetable fried rice, tofu fried rice, steamed vegetables, spicy green beans, and vegetable dumplings with sweet and sour sauce. Of course, some foods are cooked in lard. Don’t be afraid to ask the restaurant staffers how the food is prepared, for example, what broths or stocks the food is made from. Likewise, you may want to ask if the egg rolls are prepared in the same oil that meat-based dishes are.

Japanese and Thai are good Asian-food vegetarian alternatives if you are not in the mood for Chinese.

Mexican

Tacos don’t need meat to taste good. Common vegetarian items at Mexican restaurants include tacos, chili, taco salad, tortilla soup, black bean soup, corn salad, rice bowls, and quesadilla pancakes. Black beans and other types of beans substitute so easily for beef and other meat-based items. Plus, much of what goes in a taco or burrito is already vegetable-based.

Italian

Italian cuisine teems with vegetarian goodies such as pasta bowls, spaghetti, lasagna, gnocchi, and bean stew. Takeout isn’t always the easiest to arrange at some Italian places, but many have become more carryout-friendly.

Indian

Check out dishes such as veggie balls in a thick sauce (Malai kofta), red kidney bean curry with plain rice (rajma) and chickpea curry (chole). Vegetarian kebabs can also be really satisfying.

Sandwich and Sub Places

Subs don’t need turkey, roast beef, ham or chicken to shine. Delis along with sandwich and sub places make it fun to enjoy fares such as grilled cheese sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches, garlic-roasted vegetable sandwiches, and vegan burgers. You may even be able to try out peanut butter and jelly sushi.

Fast Food

More fast food places sell items such as vegetarian burgers, and some actually taste pretty good. Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Subway and Del Taco are among your best options. Other fast food places do OK, but you may have to rely more on side dishes.

This vegetarian takeout guide should serve you well in the months to come. The good news is that many delicious cuisines weren’t even touched on here. There’s a lot to discover out there.