Wednesday, August 4, 2010

GFCF Grilled Cheese using Daiya Cheese and Udi's Bread

This has been a landmark summer for our gluten free family. It has been over THREE years since we have enjoyed a yummy grilled cheese sandwich. But now, with Udi's bread and Daiya cheese, everyone in our family can enjoy a traditional grilled cheese using these gfcf products.

I first tasted Daiya cheese at Pala Pizza in New York City. It is a tasty, dairy free cheese made from tapioca that actually melts and becomes stringy. And unlike most nut cheeses I have seen, it is actually casein and soy free. They use the mozzarella style cheese at Pala Pizza.

Although I was impressed by the Daiya mozza cheese at Pala, I was even more impressed by the cheddar style shreds when I made a grilled cheese for breakfast.

I had run out of eggs--my normal "go to" breakfast--so I had to think outside my box. I remembered I had some Udi's whole grain bread and some Daiya Vegan Cheese, so I thought I would try making a grilled cheese. IT WAS AMAZING--more for me than for my kids because I grew up eating grilled cheese. But they liked it too!

The nicest part about a GFCF grilled cheese made with Udi's bread and Daiya cheese is that it allows me to offer an equivalent meal for my kids when other kids are having a grilled cheese. My kids won't necessarily choose a grilled cheese, but it makes me SOOOO happy to be able to offer them the possibility of eating what everyone else is eating.

GFCF Grilled Cheese

1 loaf Udi's wholegrain bread
1 package Daiya Vegan Cheddar Style Shreds
olive oil

1) Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat in a small frying pan or 2 tablespoons of oil in a larger pan.
2) Place a slice of bread down in the pan. Cover the bread with a layer of Daiya Cheddar Shreds. (Repeat this step to fill pan if you want multiple sandwiches.)
3) Place a second slice of bread over the shreds. Press sandwich down with a spatula every minute or so.
4) Turn sandwich over when the bottom is golden brown.
5) Cook until the other side is golden brown and cheese is melted. You can cover to retain heat and melt cheese if it doesn't melt. Be careful not to burn. Turn over sandwich if cheese hasn't melted by the time the bread has turned golden brown.

Cut in half and serve with a pickle and some chips for an old fashioned grilled cheese experience.


Anonymous said...

Udi's bread is the only GFCFSF bread my son will eat. Do you know if it's free of GMOs?

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