Monday, January 17, 2011

Fab Five Gluten Free Snacks and Sandwiches

We've been dabbling in a dairy-free, gluten-free diet in the House of Pinch. What we've learned is this:  bready things are hard to recreate without gluten. We were thoroughly grossed out by Namaste's pancake mix, divided on the frozen gluten-free pancakes at Trader Joe's, and all agreed that Udi's Whole Grain Gluten Free bread should be in everyone's freezer. (I found it in the freezer section at our Chitown Whole Foods.)

We've had Udi's as toast, and we've had it thawed and soft. Both good. But the best preparation was this: basted with olive oil and garlic and baked until golden and crispy. Gluten free toast points with hummus? Awesome. As a base for a Pinch sandwich? Outstanding.  Take your pick from these five awesome sandwiches and substitute Garlic Slathered Udi's for the baguette or ciabatta:

Salmon Sandwich with Dill Aioli
Flank Steak Sandwich
Herb Frittata with Pepperonata
Italian Beef Sandwich with Giardinera
Pan Bagnia

Garlic Slather for Bread
Print recipe only here

Combine in a small bowl:
about ¼ cup good olive oil
2 cloves garlic, pressed or finely chopped
2 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 T fresh basil, finely chopped,
Salt and fresh ground pepper

Brush on bread (frozen is fine) using silicone basting brush. Bake in a preheated 375 oven for about 5-15 minutes, depending on oven size, until golden brown at the edges and fragrant.