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Wood Fired Summer Dinner Party

It’s coming to the end of summer Stone Bakers- although we’re still holding out hope for an Indian summer. We’ve put together the ultimate wood fired dinner party menu for you to cook for your guests before the summer evenings start to draw in.

Starter- Wood Fired Mini Pizzas
A dinner party menu just isn’t complete without featuring wood fired pizza somewhere! Instead of making it the main event, we’ve got some mini pizzas for you instead. These are perfect to get your pizza fix without doing it!

You’ll Needmini-pizza-3

  • Pizza dough (Check out our recipe here, you will need approximately half of this quantity)
  • 6tbsp tomato pizza sauce (Check out our recipe here)
  • 300g mushrooms, sliced
  • 240g cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 150g mozzarella
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Chilli flakes

Method
Firstly, fire up your wood fired oven to its optimum temperature and then maintain the temperature at around 400-450°C.

Next, roll out your dough into six equal discs and arrange on your wooden pizza peel. Spread each disc with the pizza sauce and sprinkle with chilli flakes.

Then, top with mozzarella, mushrooms and tomatoes. Place into your wood fired oven for around a minute, keeping a close eye on them as they’ll cook quickly!

Once you’re happy with the crispiness of your pizzas, take them out of the oven, scatter with your basil leaves and let your guests tuck in.

Main Meal- Wood Fired Italian Wrapped Cod
This summery wood fired cod, Parma ham, olives and tomato recipe is bound to be a hit with your guests. It brings all the essential Italian flavours to your wood fired dinner party.

You’ll Need

  • 1 red onion, cut in wedges
  • 750g cherry tomatoes
  • 6 cod loin pieces
  • 6 pieces of Parma ham
  • 18 green olives
  • Handful of basil, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Method
Now that you’ve cooked your mini pizzas, allow your oven to cool to around 200-220°C.

Next, put your onions and tomatoes in a high heat roasting dish and season with salt and pepper. Add 4tbsp of olive oil and toss the dish until all the ingredients are coated in the olive oil. Pop into your wood fired oven for 15 minutes.

While that’s in the oven, take each piece of cod and wrap with a slice of Parma ham. Now move your high heat dish out of your wood fired oven, add your olives and sit your cod pieces on top.

Then, pop the dish back into your wood fired oven for another 15 minutes until the cod is cooked through and the Parma ham is nice and crispy. During this time, boil some new potatoes to serve with your fish.

Allow your fish to cool slightly before serving with your new potatoes.

Dessert- Wood Fired Blueberry Gallette
Now it’s time for the ‘pièce de résistance’- dessert! Our wood fired blueberry galette recipe is perfect for a dinner party as you can prep it during the day and pop it into your wood fired oven to cook whilst you sit down and enjoy your main meal.

You’ll Need

  • 210g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • Pinch of salt
  • 210g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes, plus extra for greasing
  • 85g caster sugarblueberry-galette-baked
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 70g ground almonds
  • 1 medium egg
  • 200g blueberries
  • 1tbsp milk
  • 1tbsp Demerara sugar

Method
Firstly you need to make your pastry. Put 200g of your flour and salt into a bowl. Then, rub in 140g of the butter with your fingertips until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in 25g of your caster sugar and your lemon zest.

Then, use a knife to quickly mix in the egg yolk and 1-2tbsp of iced cold water until you can bring the dough together with your hands. Knead on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes, wrap in cling film and chill for at least ten minutes.

Now you can start making the filling for your galette. Put the ground almonds and 10g of your flour into a food processor and whizz to combine. Then, add 70g of butter and 60g of caster sugar and give it another whizz. Crack your egg into the food processor and mix again until a smooth paste starts to form. Now transfer your mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until needed.

Before your guests arrive, roll out your pastry on a lightly floured surface to create a 30cm circle and transfer to a large, lightly greased baking sheet. Use the back of your spoon to spread your almond mixture onto the pastry, leaving a 5cm gap around the edge. Now you need to arrange the blueberries on top and bring the sides of the pastry to cover some of the filling. Brush the edges with milk and sprinkle over the Demerara sugar.

When you are ready to bake your galette, you will need to ensure your wood fired oven has cooled to 160-180°C.  Cook for 20-25 minutes until the blueberries are bursting and the pastry is golden.

Allow to cool ever so slightly and serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

So Stone Bakers, what are you waiting for? Invite all of your friends and family round and host your own wood fired dinner party- this menu is certainly a winner! Make sure you tag us in any photos from your wood fired dinner parties on our social media channels or email them to us at info@stoneovenco.co.uk.

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