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A Very Wood Fired Christmas

picmonkey-collage-2Even though it’s cold outside, cooking Christmas dinner- or even a few elements of your Christmas dinner- in your wood fired oven is a great, fun way to bring everyone together! More than that, certain things (like our ULTIMATE roast potatoes!) taste better than ever cooked in the crisp, dry heat that’s present in the oven!

It’s not just the cooking- a lot of these dishes can be prepared a day or two before, and are a great way to get everyone in the festive spirit! Whether it’s rolling the sausages in bacon for our herby Pig’s in Blanket’s, or making beautiful flaky pastry for the luxurious Mince Pies, there’s something for everyone to get involved with- just make sure you cook enough food for everyone to enjoy!!

Here’s some of our favourite recipes to make in your wood fired oven this Christmas. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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This Cranberry Sauce recipe is quick, easy, and infinitely better than the shop bought version! You can make this well in advance- particularly if you’re cooking a few pizzas one night and want to use that leftover heat! It’ll keep in the fridge comfortably for a fortnight and it makes a great gift as part of a festive hamper.  

Ingredients

  • 100g Demerara Sugar
  • 100ml Orange Juice
  • 250g Frozen Cranberries

Method

For this recipe you will need your wood fired oven at around 180°c-200°c.

Start by putting the sugar and orange juice into a heavy bottomed saucepan or casserole dish; stir well to make sure the two ingredients are well combined. Place in your wood fired oven for 8 minutes, or until the sugar has almost dissolved.

Now add in the cranberries, give it a good stir and pop back in the oven for a further 8-10 minutes, or until the cranberries are beginning to break down.

Remove from your wood fired oven and leave to cool. The sauce may look thin, but will begin to thicken as it cools. Store in sanitised jars in the fridge for up to a fortnight. Yum!


Pigs In Blankets
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Everyone’s favourite festive snack! These can be rolled up ready to cook on Christmas eve- just avoid the temptation to cook (and eat) them the night before Christmas. 

Ingredients

  • 6 Chipolata Sausages
  • 6 Rashers Streaky Bacon
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Wholegrain Mustard,
  • 1 Tsp Runny Honey
  • 1 ½ tbsp Worcestershire Sauce,
  • Handful of hard herbs such as Thyme, Rosemary, Sage

Method

For this recipe you will need your wood fired oven at 200°c-220°c.

Whilst you are waiting for your oven to come down to temperature, stretch each rasher of bacon as thin as possible with a knife- this will help the crispiness- and wrap a sausage in each piece.

Put the sausages in a tray, and drizzle over the olive oil. Cook for 20-30 minutes with the door on the oven, shaking occasionally.

Remove the tray from the oven, pop the sausages on a plate, and pour in the Worcester sauce, using a wooden spoon to scrape all that tasty flavour off the bottom of the tray.

Add all the remaining ingredients, toss everything together and pop back in the oven for 2 minutes.

Pour the herbs and juices over the sausages and serve immediately.


Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Raisinsimg_5010Your guests definitely won’t be turning down your sprouts with this tasty recipe! The sweetness in the raisins and the salty bacon adds a lovely crispy texture in this festive side dish 

Ingredients 

  • 500g Brussel Sprouts,
  • 1tbsp Olive Oil
  • 6 Slices of Streaky Bacon, cut into lardons
  • 150g Raisins
  • 1 Small Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1tbsp Butter
  • 150ml Chicken Stock
  • 1tbsp Cider Vinegar

Method

For this recipe you will need your wood fired oven at around 200°c-250°c.

To start, put a third of the oil in a pan with the bacon lardons. Pop your pan in the oven and cook for around 8 minutes, stirring occasionally until the lardons are super crispy. Remove them from the pan and place on a paper towel to drain.

Now, add in the remaining oil with the sprouts, some salt and pepper and cook for around 5 minutes or until they start to soften and brown. Next, add the raisins, onion and butter and cook for a further 3 minutes- keep an eye on it at this point! 

Finally, add the stock, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove the pan from your wood fired oven; throw in the bacon and vinegar, stir and serve.


Make sure you check out some of our other delicious festive wood fired recipes here. We promise you won’t regret it!

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  • Turkey -The star of any Christmas dinner- sure to wow your friends and family!
  • Butternut Squash Pithivier- For all vegetarians out there- it’s an excellent dish to enjoy on Christmas Day.
  • Roast Spuds– The ultimate wood fired recipe. Even better because it’s Christmas you can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Mince Pies- The most delicious recipe you’ll ever taste.
  • Roasted Carrot & Sweet PotatoesFantastic flavours make these veggies almost as good as the roasties!

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