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September 1, 2021 | Outdoor Kitchen

What Can You Cook in a Pizza Oven?

what can you cook in a pizza oven

Who doesn’t love a great pizza? You can make pizza as thick or thin as you would like. And you get to add toppings that you enjoy — because it is your pizza. You can go traditional with pepperoni, sausage, onion, peppers, mushrooms, and olives with red sauce and cheese. Or you can switch it up and go with an olive oil and garlic base, Havarti cheese, sliced pear, and a balsamic drizzle. Make it a breakfast pizza or a taco pizza. The opportunities are limitless. No matter what you choose, the pizza you make can be done just the way you like it. It is, by far,  one of the most versatile foods. 

Do you know what else is versatile? Pizza ovens! Despite their name, you can create and cook a great meal within a pizza oven – and it doesn’t even have to be pizza. Don’t believe us? Let’s talk about it. 

THOR Kitchen’s Outdoor Pizza Oven

Before we can go any further, it is important you know what your pizza oven should look like. After all, you can’t imagine the possibilities of cooking if you don’t know what you are working with, right? And that comes with THOR Kitchen’s outdoor pizza oven and cabinet in stainless steel

With this outdoor oven, you will find: 

A ceramic pizza stone. A classic wood-burning oven leads to the best-tasting pizza – or any food, for that matter. And it cooks perfectly on the ceramic pizza stone. 

A chimney. Not only is the chimney functional as a flue damper to control heat flow and smoke retention, but it also has a stunning look that adds an eye-catching appeal to your backyard. 

Extra-large storage cabinet. Cooking outside should not warrant you going back and forth between your kitchen and your backyard. This extra-large storage cabinet gives you a great place to store everything you need – without looking bulky, detached, or out of place. Rather, it looks great and is functional, too. 

This unit has a lot of accessories that make cooking pizza – or anything – a breeze. And everything can be stored in the handy storage cabinet. Decked out in stainless steel, you can rest easy knowing that it is a durable, long-lasting piece of equipment that will look great for years to come — despite harsh outdoor elements. 

You can’t lose with this outdoor pizza kitchen — especially when it means you can cook other amazing meals, too!

Foods That Can Be Cooked in a Pizza Oven

While a pizza oven can cook just about everything, it is a bit different than a regular oven. That means you will have to have an idea of cooking temperatures and how to adjust them to meet the needs of whatever you are cooking. Below is a general list of temperatures to follow, but keep in mind that this is just a general overview. You will want to keep an eye on your food as it cooks until you get the hang of this new cooking method. 

Cooking Temperature – °F Cooking Style Food Ideas
750°F + Pizza Pizza, garlic bread, naan bread
540°F – 600°F Grilling Steak, chicken, fish, shrimp
450°F – 540°F Roasting Turkey, roasted potatoes or vegetables
400°F – 450°F Bread baking Focaccia, garlic rolls
320°F – 400°F Dessert baking Pies, cinnamon rolls, cake
210°F – 250°F Slow cooking Brisket, pulled pork, ribs

As we said, your outdoor pizza oven is capable of so much more than just pizza. It can cook up some fantastic meals including things like: 

  • Casseroles
  • Meats
  • Seafood
  • Dessert
  • Cookies
  • Loaves of bread
  • Stews
  • Side dishes

And so much more. Alright. We’ve waited long enough. Let’s look at some great things you can get cooking today! Get ready to grub, my friend. 

Juicy Steak

Is it possible to get a juicy steak in a pizza oven? It sure is. You can cook all types of streak in the oven and get an impeccable flavor. Marinate your steak, sear it, and then get it in the oven in a cast-iron skillet. You won’t ever want to eat steak another way again. There is just something about that woodfire cooking. 

Roasted Corn on the Cob

Grill some corn on the cob – in the husks – on the grill floor of your pizza oven. You want to let the outside get dark, but don’t let the corn burn. Dress up your corn like Elote or grilled Mexican street corn for amazing flavor. The combination of Mexican crema, cilantro, pepper, lime, cotija cheese, and more makes it such a delight. And from your pizza oven! 

Grilled Shrimp

It doesn’t take long to grill some shrimp – even in the pizza oven. And it pairs wonderfully with so many dishes – or it can be the main attraction. Don’t overdo it, though, or you may find them to be a little too, er, chewy. 

Roasted Veggies and Potatoes

You have to have a side dish no matter what you are cooking. And veggies and potatoes are always a great option. Full of nutrients and fiber, you will feel good about eating something that tastes so good — and is so good for you. The best part is that the pizza oven can make the veggies crispy or it can keep roasting them until they are soft. Either way, the roasting leaves them with incredible flavor you are sure to enjoy. 

S’mores for Dessert

S’mores is a great treat that adults and kids love. The gooey marshmallow and melting chocolate – what a delight! Cook up the chocolate and marshmallows in a cast-iron skillet within the pizza oven and scoop it up like a dip using graham crackers. It is a definite crowd-pleaser for those nights when you are all sitting around the backyard chilling. It only adds to the vibe. 

Make Life Complete with a Pizza Oven

If you are ready to sit out on your back patio and cook up some of these delicious eats, then you need to invest in a pizza oven. After all, it is no longer just a pizza oven. It can delight every taste bud – and looks like a beaut doing it.