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Bake It Outdoors

10 things to cook in your outdoor brick oven

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The cooler fall weather will finally allow us to entertain family and friends outdoors, which means brick ovens are now firing up all over Fairfield County. Fresh pizza is always a favorite — but after the ham, pineapple and cherry topping maybe it's time to explore some more appetizing options. A quick stop at your local farmers market is all it takes to wow your guests with something more palatable. The best part is that these recipes are easy and require little attention, so you don't miss out on the fun.

1. Bread

Bake bread and roast garlic to go with it, makes for a fabulous fresh bruscetta.

2. Tortilla Chips

Brush whole tortillas with some olive oil, bake until crisp, and serve with your favorite salsa.

3. Artichokes

Toss in garlic and olive oil, roast them on a baking sheet for about 15 mins. Top with some parmesan and serve with crostini.

4. Sweet Potato Fries

Season and bake for about 25 mins.

5. Veggies

Zucchini, asparagus, brussel sprouts, you name it…Try this recipe from Jamie Oliver for a veggie mega mix »

6. Shrimp

Roast shrimp tossed in garlic, add a little rosemary and thyme.

7. BBQ Ribs

Toss them in a cast iron skillet but don't walk away for too long — they cook fast!

8. Cedar-Plank Salmon

*Tip: if the plank catches fire douse it with lemon juice and carry on.

9. Lasagna

Bake for about 45 mins.

10. Dessert

Roast peaches and serve with raspberries and vanilla ice cream á la Martha »

Have a recipe to share? Tell us in the comments below.

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