Monday, April 26, 2010



Gluten-free grilled cheese sandwiches are easy to make and hard to find. While many restaurants offer international dishes which are traditionally gluten-free, sometimes nostalgia kicks in and there is really no amount of rice noodles or number of corn tortillas that will satisfy the desire for old-fashioned comfort foods of your childhood. There's a gluten-free diner in Manhattan called Pete's, and what some might consider the best thing about Pete's is the variety of comfort foods available there for gluten-eaters and gluten-avoiders alike.

The ultimate in comfort food, though, is, of course, a food you can prepare in your own home, on a moment's notice, with no searching for exotic ingredients required.  That is why having a loaf of Udi's sliced white bread in the freezer or pantry is an absolute joy. Even if you've eaten whole grain bread for most of your life, there's something about grilled cheese on white bread that spells home for many of us. Technically the cheese should be the old standby: sliced American. Here, it's Wisconsin sharp cheddar--still a fine choice.

Udi's package brags that left to defrost on its own to room temperature, the bread needs no toasting or microwaving, a claim few if any other gluten-free bakeries can or do make. Once experiencing the taste and texture of this bread--both excellent--you will know why. Udi's also makes a whole grain loaf using teff flour.



fleababe said...

other than macaroni and cheese, this is my go-to comfort food. i can't wait to try this bread-it even looks like my mom's grilled cheese sandwiches used to look but i'd add tomatoes and some kind of vegetarian bacon, too. thanks.

G.F.Veg said...

please let me know if you find a gluten-free vegetarian bacon! i've yet to see one that doesnt list wheat gluten as an ingredient--oh that evil seitan!

Derek said...

thanks for the gluten-free information - it is so refreshing to see someone shed light on a diet that so many have to live with!

G.F.Veg said...

thanks so much for your kind words--and please pass the blog along to anyone you think it might be useful to!