Costa Palmas Clay Oven
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Costa Palmas Introduces Clay Oven
In tribute to the traditions that came before us, Costa Palmas executive Chef Gonzalo Cerda recently inaugurated the newly built wood-fired clay oven at Costa Palmas. Located in the organic herb garden at the resort, the oven was built by hand utilizing the same methods that date back to ancient civilizations. In fact, the bricks used to create the Costa Palmas wood-fired oven were sourced in La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur. They were once used in a brick oven there.
The hand-built oven uses only mesquite firewood, no gas or charcoal. This method of baking and cooking provides for a delicate smoky flavor that compliments a variety of foods, including pizza, fish, and more.
In the first run of the oven, Chef Gonzalo created a Margherita pizza. Chef chose to utilize flour, yeast and a tomato sauce that was 100% Italian. After the dough was fermented for 24 hours, he prepared the pizza, adding the artisanal Ovoline mozzarella cheese atop it. He then finished the pizza with basil and other herbs found in the Costa Palmas herb garden. Finally, with a touch of extra virgin olive oil, he cooked the pizza.
Next, Chef created a dish of salt-crusted red snapper. Fished locally on the shores of Costa Palmas by local fishermen, the dish was created with varying salts, coriander, fennel, cilantro, mustard, thyme, dill and more. Lightly smoked and delicious.
The Costa Palmas wood-fired oven provides yet another opportunity to dine amidst nature in a wholly personalized and curated experience.