That’s it. I no longer have grilled cheese envy…
My mom use to make the butteriest, greasiest grilled cheese for me as a kid. You know, butter in the pan, bread slathered in mayo, two slices of individually wrapped American cheese between two slices of soft, white bread. When you picked it up, it flopped over because the bread could not support the weight of the cheese. Soooo good.
As an adult, I am definitely a bit more health conscious, using whole wheat bread, a lot less butter, or maybe just some olive oil. Then, on top of this, add my wheat allergy, and the need for gluten free bread, and the grilled cheese experience was never the same. Until now…
You see, Rudi’s Gluten-Free has launched a new line of softer and fluffier Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads. Yeah, sure, I used the old gluten free breads. They worked just fine for my Chicken & Broccoli Grilled Cheese, or Strawberry, Bacon & Havarti Grilled Cheese. Or I’d toast a slice and butter it up. And while they tasted just fine, they had the texture of, umm, to be perfectly honest… a cork board. Kinda crumbly and stiff and almost spongy. Take a look at the photos in those recipes and you’ll see what I mean. I never used them for just a plain, cold, turkey sandwich or PB&J. But this, well, just take a look at the texture…
I was so surprised when I thawed my first slices that you could squeeze it and even bend it without it just flaking apart into pieces. While The Hubby and The Bug were eating Sloppy Sandwiches, I took some of my Buffalo Chicken filling and made myself a fancy pants grilled cheese.
And then did the same for lunch the next day. Have I tempted you enough yet?
It was soft and chewy – so much closer to grilled cheeses of yesteryear! Heck, you don’t even need to fill the new Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread with all kinds of cheesy goodness and grill it up. I was happy to just slap some peanut butter on one for a nighttime snack.
Once this baby is born and I no longer have those darn lunchmeat restrictions (I’m sorry, but microwaved turkey just isn’t the same), I can’t wait to make myself a plain, old sammie!! And I can’t wait to try the Multigrain and Cinnamon Raisin varieties. Mmmm, dreaming now of a post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with cranberry mayo on Cinnamon Raisin…
And if eating a delicious, Soft & Fluffy sandwich just isn’t awesome enough, Rudi’s has more fun in store for you. You see, they need your help in finding the bread through a Missing Soft & Fluffy $1,000 Reward sweepstakes and Lost & Found Facebook campaign. Through Feb. 8, Rudi’s Gluten-Free fans can text “FOUND” to 304-52-RUDIS for a chance to claim the $1,000 Reward for finding Soft & Fluffy. From there, fans are invited to share photos of Soft & Fluffy on Facebook (the toaster, the freezer, etc.) to be entered for weekly prizes like a Garmin GPS, Nikon CoolPix camera, soft and fluffy bathrobes and Rudi’s Gluten-Free T-Shirts. And best of all, everyone who participates will receive a $2 off coupon good for any Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery product.
For all of my non-gluten free readers, well, you can just make the original Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Sandwiches, or put the filling between a couple of slices of your favorite sandwich bread. The Bug devoured this baby…
If you are gluten free, which variety are you most excited to try – Original, Multigrain, or Cinnamon Raisin? What is the first thing you are going to make with it?
- One 8 oz. can plain tomato sauce
- ¼ – ½ c hot sauce (I used ¼ c and could have added more)
- 1¼ – 1½ lb chicken (breasts and/or thighs), cooked and chopped, or about 4 c cooked, chopped chicken from a whole or store-bought rotisserie chicken
- 1½ c monterey jack cheese
- ½ c crumbled blue cheese (if you can't tolerate blue cheese due to a gluten sensitivity, replace with additional monterey jack)
- 2 slices of your bread of choice (I used Rudi's Gluten Free Bread and whole wheat bread)
- 2 t softened butter or margarine
- olive oil or cooking spray for pan
- In a large bowl, mix the tomato sauce, hot sauce, and chicken.
- Stir in the cheese until it is evenly distributed.
- Heat a pan over medium heat, and spray with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Spread 1 t butter or margarine on each slice of bread.
- Place about ½ c of the filling on the unbuttered side of one of the slices of bread. Top with the other slice of bread.
- Cook the sandwiches for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and the cheese has melted. Covering the pan with a lid during cooking will help the inside get all warm and gooey before the bread gets too browned.
Disclaimer: The author received a full-value coupon redeemable for Rudi’s NEW Soft & Fluffy Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread, for recipe development and review purposes. All opinions are my own.