Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Return of the Sandwich

Quesadillas have been my go to dinner dish lately. Tortilla + any number of veggie, fruit, spice, and cheese combinations = a most delicious dinner. Another delicious way to enjoy the afore mentioned ingredients is nestled between two slices of gluten free bread. As much as I love spending the day making fresh baked bread sometimes there is just not enough time in the day for all of that kneading, rising and baking. Luckily there are some fairly good gluten free breads on the market these days, such as:


Food For Life


The key with store bought gluten free breads is serving them warm, preferably toasted which is perfectly peachy because one of the most delicious types of sandwiches are grilled paninis.

GF Grilled Paninis


A few slices of your favorite gluten free bread

Earth balance, butter or olive oil  (for non stick and browning purposes)

Thinly sliced veggies and cheese (soy, rice or moo cow)

       Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

Thinly sliced bell peppers + tomatoes + basil +minced garlic + mozzarella cheese 

Thinly sliced bell peppers + minced garlic  + spinach + pepper jack or mozzarella cheese 


Gather up your ingredients, chop up your veggies, and grab a large pan and cast iron skillet if you have one.

Butter one side of each slice of bread while your large skillet warms over medium high heat. Place the bread in the hot pan butter side down and top one of the slices with the cheese and veggies. Top this with another slice of bread to complete the sandwich and let cook on medium heat until the underside is browned. Carefully flip the sandwich and then if you have one, press a cast iron skillet gently atop it. 


If you don’t have a cast iron skillet you can simply press down firmly on the sandwich using a spatula. Let this cook for another few minutes or until bread is browned and the cheese is all melty. 


I am eager to try and recreate one of my favorite sandwiches from my last visit to Amsterdam, thickly sliced dry salami + mature cheddar + butter = yummers!


Tonimarie said...

Oh your sandwich looks great, I love italian wine salami with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes on asiago, let me know if you create an asiago flavored gluten free bread!

Stacey said...

Have you tried the Light Tapioca loaf? My husband likes it even better than the Tapioca loaf.
We love making paninis too.