Tuna Melts on Gluten Free Udi Bread
I am very picky about the gluten free products we purchase since I can generally make it better myself , but I have to tip my hat to the folks at Udi’s.
Celiacs finally have a bread that doesn’t taste like we are settling. This is downright delicious, thank you Udi! We are in the process of a very busy spring with little time to bake bread so Udi’s has been a part of our life lately.
The only rant would be for the slices to be about 30% bigger. My big rough and tumble 15-year old boy needs at least three sandwichs if not more when made with pint sized Udi bread. And to see a sandwich of these small proportions in his big hands is a bit comical!
Available at Whole Foods and other natural markets this bread is chewy, soft and unlike any other gluten free bread I have tasted. It inspired me to add some baking powder to my bread recipe (since all other ingredients appear to be the same as the recipe we use) but unfortunately I was unable to recreate it –not even close. Clearly there are some special artisan bread tricks they are using—I would love to know the scoop. For those of you who have followed me for years you know that my bread recipe is one of the best out there for homemade gluten free bread—Udi’s technique has me mystified. I think it all comes down to the ascorbic acid so I will have to do some additional testing. (If you follow the link to my bread recipe above be sure to try using millet flour instead of amaranth. At the time that recipe was posted I had not used millet and we love it now.)
I wish I had a trip to Denver planned so I could stop in at one of the Udi cafes to try other gf baked goods. Udi produces a very small loaf of bread, but it’s a gem.
We have been eating a lot of tuna melts now that school is out my kids are enjoying the pleasures of a hot lunch after a whole school year of boring sandwiches in their lunch.
Tuna melts are great with pickles and chips, especially Sneaky Pete’s pickles–now I am just taunting you because you can’t buy these pickles anywhere. We have a friend who makes some amazing pickles that are quite spicy and delicious. It is an old family recipe and tradition that our friends continue each summer. Once you receive a jar of these pickles it makes it difficult to taste any other. Too bad my photography isn’t so great, but the pickles ……..Wow! As you can see Sneaky Pete is a surgeon but he also makes fantastic pickles, he is quite handsome too, nothing like his label.
Pickling is a fun thing to do with your kids but it does take someone who knows what they are doing to show you the ropes. There are many good cooking classes available that teach canning, I took one a few years ago through a local kitchen store Sur La Table.
Tuna Melt, of course it’s gluten free
The perfect lunch around here is a tuna melt on Udi’s bread, Tim’s Cascade Potato Chips (northwest brand), and Sneaky Pete’s Pickles.
I really need to get my photographer daughter in on the picture taking…but you get the idea.
For the Tuna Melt we use tuna in spring water, some Best Foods Mayonnaise, a little salt & pepper, Tillamook Medium Cheddar, and of course that is all on top of toasted Udi Bread. Put it under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve warm.