Fire Up Your HPC Forno de Pizza Oven with These Recipes


If you want to warm up your tummies and have a great time outdoors, HPC has got your back! With the Forno de Pizza Oven, the cooking possibilities are endless. These hybrid pizza ovens are super easy to start up thanks to the electronic ignition, and you can use either gas or wood to create amazing flavors and get the oven heated up quickly.

So, what are you waiting for? Let's get those HPC pizza ovens fired up and let us share some of our favorite recipes to keep you warm and satisfied!

Keep the Forno Going

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To start cooking, you'll need to heat your oven first. Throw a couple of oak logs onto the burner and turn on the gas to get the oven heated up for around 40 minutes. It's important to get the oven up to about 350°F on the hearthstone, that's the sweet spot. Once you've hit that target, you can lower the gas heat to the right temperature for whatever you're cooking. The great thing is that the oven will keep that even heat inside, even if it's absolutely freezing outside.

1. Hugo’s Smoked Baby Back Ribs

If you're looking for some delicious fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, you have to try Hugo Laranja's recipe! Smoking this mouthwatering dish in the HPC Forno de Pizza Oven is a real treat.

The 2-inch refractory dome does an amazing job of keeping the oven hot while the ribs cook to perfection. You can fit up to 6 full racks in the oven at 225°F for about 3 hours. Cooking the ribs low and slow is the secret to getting them super tender and full of flavor.

Even if it's freezing outdoors, don't worry! The clever refractory design of the oven will maintain a proper temperature no matter how cold it is outside. The ribs will smoke evenly in the oven and come out amazing.

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The Recipe:

Making sure the ribs are prepared correctly is a really important step.

  • Start by removing the thin membrane on the bone side of the rib, then pat the ribs dry and apply your choice of dry rub all over the meat.
  • Wrap the ribs in heavy-duty aluminum foil with about 1/8 cup of apple juice inside to keep them moist while cooking.
  • Use a half sheet pan and a rib rack with 4 slots to place the ribs vertically in the pan.
  • Bake the ribs for 1.5 hours with the wrapped aluminum foil, then take the ribs out of the foil and place them back in the oven with some soaked apple chips on the leftover wood that's burning in the back of the oven.
  • Keep the gas steady at 225°F and close the door for 45 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes, remove the ribs and add more soaked apple chips.
  • Turn the ribs 180 degrees so the front goes to the back, then smoke for another 45 minutes.
  • Finally, take the ribs out and serve them with your favorite barbecue sauce. Enjoy!

2. Dutch Oven Beef Stew

A warm bowl of beef stew is the ultimate comfort food, and this hearty Dutch Oven Beef Stew recipe is bursting with flavor and will simply melt in your mouth. To get started, preheat your Forno de Pizza oven to 275°F and choose your preferred cast iron or dutch oven.

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The Recipe:

  • 3 lbs beef, cut into chunks
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 diced onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 7 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 1/2 lbs potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Chopped parsley, for serving
  • Preheat your Forno de Pizza oven to 275°F
  • Bundle the fresh herbs with kitchen twine: parsley, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves.
  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or a heavy pot on medium-high heat.
  • Cook the beef in batches, placing them one inch apart in a single layer, and turn them a few times until they are browned on at least three sides. This should take around 8 to 10 minutes per batch. As the beef is done browning, move them to a larger plate.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add the diced onion and 5 garlic cloves to the pot, and occasionally stir until the onions are tender and brown.
  • Add the chopped carrots and celery to the pot and cook until they are vibrant and aromatic, which should take around 4 minutes.
  • Mix the red wine into the pot, stirring to loosen any browned bits on the bottom. Cook until the wine evaporates, about 4-5 minutes. We recommend a good quality Cabernet Sauvignon for this recipe.
  • Coat the vegetables evenly by sprinkling 2 tablespoons of flour over them and stir. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the beef broth, roughly chopped potatoes, a can of diced tomatoes, and the beef that was set aside with any accumulated juices.
  • Season the stew with 3 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Add the herb bundle and bring the stew to a simmer.
  • Cover the pot and then move it to your preheated Forno de Pizza oven. Let it bake for approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Allow the stew to cool for 30 minutes before serving. Remove the herb bundle and sprinkle chopped parsley on top. Voila, your stew is ready to impress your taste buds!

3. Apple Pomegranate Cobbler

You wouldn't want to skip dessert, so give this Homemade Apple Pomegranate Cobbler a try. And don't forget to stock up on some vanilla ice cream to top it all off!

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The Recipe:

  • 6 Granny Smith apples (3 pounds) – peeled, halved, cored, and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream, plus more for brushing
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
  •  Preheat the Forno de Pizza oven to 375°F. Then, choose some ramekins or cast iron skillets to use for filling.
  • In a small saucepan, increase the heat to moderately high and boil the pomegranate juice until it reduces to 1/3 cup, which typically takes around 15 minutes.
  • Take a large bowl, add the boiled juice to it, and combine it with apples, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Then, scrape the mixture into the baking dish.
  • In another large bowl, beat together the remaining 2 cups of flour, remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt using a whisk.
  • Add the butter and use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles very coarse crumbs, with some bits as small as peas.
  • Carefully add in the 1 cup of cream and stir gently to combine. Avoid overmixing.
  • Spray baking dishes and fill them up halfway, leaving space for the crumble topping.
  • Gather the topping into little clumps and scatter them over the apple filling. Brush the topping with cream and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake the cobbler at 375°F for 60 to 70 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden. If the crust quickly becomes too brown, cover it with foil.
  • Allow it to cool for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds and serve with vanilla ice cream.

If you're looking for a way to add excitement to your outdoor gatherings and dinner parties with family and friends, HPC has just the thing. Their Forno de Pizza Oven is a game-changer when it comes to cooking up some delicious meals. And while your food is cooking in the oven, why not take some time to unwind with the HPC Fire Features?

Oh, and if you want to see more of the Forno de Pizza in action, check out this video!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can you cook in a Forno oven?

You can cook just about anything you want to in HPC Forno de Pizza Ovens. They're the best hybrid pizza ovens that can revitalize your home-cooked meals and inspire you to try new recipes. With these gas wood hybrid pizza ovens, you can roast, bake, sear, and even grill various types of food to perfection.

Can you add wood to a gas pizza oven?

Yes. The Forno de Pizza is a hybrid pizza oven that uses both gas and wood as fuel sources. You can use wood in HPC Forno de Pizza Ovens. Many people prefer to use wood as it adds a unique smoky flavor to the food and helps create that authentic pizza taste. Just make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to properly use it.

Can I use my pizza oven in the winter?

Yes, you can still use it very well during the winter, but you may need to adjust the amount of fuel you use and cooking duration. HPC Pizza Ovens are excellent for outdoor cooking and can withstand cold temperatures.

Is it worth getting a pizza oven?

Compared to a regular oven, a pizza oven creates a much higher quality pizza that's crispy and perfectly cooked. And the best part? A pizza oven isn't just for pizza. You can cook all sorts of dishes in it, making it a versatile investment for any kitchen. So yes, it's definitely worth getting a pizza oven if you want to take your cooking game to the next level!

Shop for HPC Pizza Ovens at Flame Authority!

Flame Authority is the #1 Trusted Dealer of HPC Fire Features, providing you with the best fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and outdoor pizza ovens. HPC Fire Inspired offers 3 pizza oven hybrid models to choose from.


Contact us today or call us at 1-800-923-4556 to place your order and get the best offers!

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