I made a great error. I went grocery shopping on an empty stomach just after gluten-free slices night at Zing! Pizza had ended. I needed dinner, and I had a taste for pizza. Upon reaching the freezer with the gluten-free goods at my local Shaw’s, I found it completely fogged up, its contents completely masked by the layer of perspiration on its doors.
Blindly, I opened a centrally located door, and fortunately found gluten-free pizza right where the door opened. I looked no further…
An adorable little pizza, I picked up a Foods by George Gluten-Free Cheese Pizza. Starving (and on the phone) I quickly, but distractedly finished my shopping and rushed home to make my pizza. I missed the “place pizza directly on rack” instruction and stuck mine on a baking sheet and immediately into the oven, as I unpacked my groceries.
It was on the eve of a blizzard and with an empty stomach that I ventured to the grocery store this week, admittedly a bad combination. I usually steer clear of the organic and gluten-free sections to avoid temptation and unnecessary gluten-free goodies, but on that particular day I was feeling spontaneous, and so I meandered down the aisle to see what I’d find.
It wasn’t until I’d made it to the freezer section that something caught my eye. Gluten-free soup! In cute little boxes were the Kettle Cuisine soups, and they were on sale! I’d tried Kettle Cuisine at a gluten-free tasting last fall and remembered liking it, so I picked up two classic gluten-free Chicken Noodle soups and ventured beyond the basics to try the Beef Steak Chili with Beans. Beef in a frozen dish? I was feeling quite adventurous indeed, since beef in freezer foods normally weirds me out a bit. But it was steak. I had to try it.
Made with Tapioca Rice
In the wake of the Fourth of July weekend, I’ve been to several barbecues in the past few days, and the delicious food is undoubtedly still on my mind. Barbecuing gluten-free can be easy — there are the kebabs, the chips, the corn on the cob! But it can be difficult — we’re forced to steer clear of buns, pasta salad, cookies and my aunt’s famously delicious trifle. However, my days of difficult and deprived barbecuing are over! Kinnikinnick Tapioca Rice Hamburger Buns have done away with sad, naked burgers.
I should preface my commentary with one fact: I love cheeseburgers. For me, the barbecue is largely about the cheeseburger. A naked burger just isn’t the same. Nor is the lettuce wrapped burger (I have been known to do this…),that’s just embarrassing…
The package proclaims, “Gluten Free Never Tasted So Good!” A bold statement. But these buns deliver. They taste best toasted in a pan with butter, but toasted in the toaster is delicious, too. They’re light and fluffy, with a crunch that brings me back to the gluten days. They’re the perfect size for burgers, not too big, and they don’t have that gluten-substitute grainy texture. Perfect for a summer day, these buns have revived my love of cheeseburgers.
Wheat Free/Gluten Free Recipe
The box of Ian’s French Bread Pizza had been sitting in my mom’s fridge for almost a month before I decided to try it. I had tried Ian’s Chicken Nuggets a few years ago and really disliked them. Seriously, how can you mess up chicken nuggets? This is America! I was very doubtful as to whether this French Bread Pizza could be any good, since it seemed far more complicated.
Had they just been pizzas, another month probably would have passed before I tried them. But they were french bread. I used to love baguettes and I haven’t been able to find any gluten-free ones in the States. So, I asked my mom what she thought of the pizzas. She encouraged me to try them and stated that it was her second time buying them. Finally, I caved.
Ian’s, you have redeemed yourself. Despite taking longer than the package stated to cook (I chose to use the recommended conventional oven versus a microwave), it was delicious! The sauce was a bit strong and the soy cheez was a bit mild, but the french bread was excellent. I would chance to say that someone who did not keep a gf diet wouldn’t think twice about whether this were really bread when eating it. The bread was crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the texture and taste did not betray the usual hints of gluten substitutes. I’m not really into soy, and I love regular cheese, but aside from the fact that the soy cheez didn’t melt like regular cheese and threw me off a bit while cooking, it did not taste overly artificial to me like Amy’s Single Serve Non-Dairy Rice Crust Cheeze Pizza sometimes does.
If you are looking for a quick, easy-to-make gluten free pizza, Ian’s French Bread Pizza is a great choice. This is definitely among the best frozen gluten free pizzas I have tried and it earns five stars. Hmm, the back of the box recommends Gluten Free French Toast Sticks… now that my faith has been restored in Ian’s, I may have to try those…