Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mountain Mike's Pizza

Pizza.

One of the things we GF folk miss is pizza, grabbing a slice, ordering a pie, delivery pizza at home.

It has been two years since the GF Food Expo in San Diego where I met the owner of the two local Mountain Mike's Pizza.  He told me a story about his daughter, who has to be GF, and how his restaurants offer safe GF Pizza.  I kept thinking I would stop in - its been two years.  Sam Golding owns the shop in Clairemont Mesa and I believe another in San Carlos.

Its not far but not close, so I didn't venture down to the Clairemont shop.  And, I'm apprehensive about new places.  I hate getting sick from contamination.

This is the Gluten Free Menu.


Let me tell you it was a great experience.  The girl behind the counter knew what she was talking about, they have a good GF menu - not just pizza (they even have three GF beers), and the pizza was delicious.

The GF crusts are small, 10 inch.  They are GF, soy, egg and dairy free.  They have a good texture and taste.


The GF crusts are made off site.  The GF pizza is prepared in the back with its own toppings - sauce, cheese, etc.  They put down two sheets of parchment on top of a pan to cook the oven but it is a shared oven.  The flour they use up front is corn flour or other non-wheat flours so there is not gluten flour floating through the air.

You can see the GF Menu here.  As you can see below its pretty extensive.  They also have sandwiches on Udi's GF rolls.

If you visit findmeglutenfree.com/mountain-mikes they have a 25% coupon.

I'll definitely be back.  If you have not been there yet you need to try it out.

A full and very happy,

Un-Gluten Guy

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Brazi Bites

My first experience with cheese bread was at Ola, a restaurant in South Beach (you can see my review here).  Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pao de Queijo is a delicious cheesy bread that is naturally gluten free because it is made with tapioca flour.

Brazi Bites began in Portland, Oregon a few years ago.  The story goes that they missed their native cheese bread and tried different cheeses in America until they found just the right ingredients to make it taste like home.  Now you can find it in stores.

They were nice enough to send me some samples to try.  I inquired and they do make it in a dedicated GF facility and it is certified GF.  It is super easy to make and delicious.



You can find it in the frozen food section (my local Whole Foods carries it).  Preheat your over to 400 degrees.


Once the oven is preheated, place the frozen cheese breads on a baking tray and into the oven for 20 minutes.


Beep, they are done - it doesn't get much easier than this.  Our first batch was a bit overcooked so the next batch we cooked for 18 minutes and it was perfect.


Eat it whole or tear it open.  You can see the cheese inside.


How did they taste?  Super good.  They were a hit with the kids - they gave it two thumbs up.  It goes great as a side dish with dinner but it is also a great midday or after school snack.  With football season starting this would make a great app for during the game.

They come in Original, Bacon and Jalapeno flavors.  The Original cheese is great and a bit hit with everyone.  I like spice and I really enjoyed the Jalapeno - it does have a kick.  The bacon was good - I thought about making up some pulled pork and making mini sliders with the bacon ones - I think that will be out of this world.

We have already restocked our freezer because we went through our samples.  If that is not a posistive review i'm not sure what is.  You can click on this link which will take you to there page on where to find BraziBites near you.  I would definitely recommend you head out and find some Brazi Bites and add them to your freezer - your taste buds will thank you.

Thanks BraziBites,

The Un-Gluten Guy

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Pamela's Pizza

If you have followed my blog you know I like pizza.  I really miss my gluten containing dough and I'm still on the search for that perfect blend.  I have tried many and I recently tried a new one.

Pamela's has a Bread Mix that is good for making bread, pie crust, cookies and pizza.  We thought we would try it out.


It was super easy to make.  Add Pamela's Mix, yeast, oil and water and mix.  She offers an option of adding cheese and italian herbs.  After the first batch I now add a bit of garlic powder, oregano and honey.


Next you split the dough in two, oil up your hands and flatten them out on parchment paper on a pizza pan.  Let it sit for an hour to rise.  The more you flatten it the crisper your crust.


Next you par bake them in the oven at 375 for 25 - 30 minutes.  I found the longer and browner the crust the crispier the crust.


Then add you toppings and cook 10 - 12 minutes.  We choose to do a half pepperoni and half cheese.  You can find my homemade sauce recipe on my blog here.


Let cool slightly so the cheese doesn't go everywhere, cut and enjoy.


My kids really liked it.  It was good, not a NY style thin crust and not a deep dish Chicago pie.  So if someone knows a city between NY and Chicago this is the crust I think you'll find there.  We have another large bag of the bread mix and I think we'll go through it pretty quickly.

Ciao,

The Un-Gluten Guy