Baking pizza’s in my very own back yard Mario Batali outdoor pizza oven is one of my favorite ways to entertain. My culinary creativity is at its peak when cooking with this primitive yet stylish and sophisticated technique. I love the entire process, from the food preparation to the heating of the fire in the wood fired oven. Food cooked with Fire tends to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere that’s great for conversation.
Sky is the limit and their are endless ways to make a pizza but in my opinion their are several classics like this wood fired pizza with goat cheese and roasted eggplant that are a must to try when baking in a wood fired pizza oven
- Goat Cheese
- San Marzano Tomatoes
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- Dried oregano
- Always get your fire going in your brick oven and start low and slow, this process should take about 45 minutes to 1 hour, just enough time to enjoy a nice bottle of wine and cigar.
- Depending on the time that I have, I either make my very own fresh pizza dough, or I run down to my local pizzeria and ask to purchase pizza doughs that where made that morning. Fresh dough is a must. If you make your pizza dough from scratch, let it rest for 1 day or 2, the pizza dough flavor becomes deeper.
- Get 1 or several firm eggplants and cut them in 1/4 or 1/2 in circles. drizzle with a good extra virgin olive oil and season with sea salt and a fresh ground pepper.
- You can fire roast the eggplant right in your wood fired oven but not all the way as you want to finish them on top of the pizza.
- Form the fresh pizza dough into about a 10 inch circle about 1/2 or 1/4 of an inch thick.
- Drizzle pizza dough with extra virgin olive oil and thinly coat with San Marzano tomatoes. Sprinkle with sea salt, fresh pepper, oregano and a pinch of sugar.
- Cover with chunks of fresh goat cheese and top with your roasted eggplant
- Bake for about 90 seconds or until done.