I’ll admit that I don’t think about gluten free cooking very often. No one in my immediate family has any allergies so I am lucky in that sense. But with the holidays fast approaching, I will be entertaining. I always like to have options for my guests with dietary restrictions or food preferences. If I am serving dinner to a crowd, I try to make sure I have a vegetarian option, a nut free option and a gluten free option. This mushroom cheddar pizza handles all of the above.
I will admit I was a bit of a skeptic when Udi’s asked if I would like to try some of their gluten free bread products. I made sure to have an open mind and tried their raisin bread, bagels and pizza crust. I love to have people over for brunch and these products make a gluten free menu very manageable.
I can usually find gluten free items for a dinner menu but breakfast and lunch are much more more difficult. Having these products in my freezer will make things much easier. While the pizza makes a nice lunch or dinner, here are some ideas for gluten free breakfasts or brunch:
- breakfast pizzas (eggs, bacon and cheese on Udi’s gluten free crusts)
- ham, egg and cheese bagels using Udi’s gluten free bagels
- stuffed french toast using Udi’s cinnamon raisin bread
- a fruit smoothie
- breakfast casserole using Udi’s white bread
- yogurt parfaits with fruit and gluten free granola
Since I found both the bagels and bread in the freezer section, I preferred both items toasted. To me , gluten free products have a different texture than the bread I’m used to. But once I toasted it, it tasted just like my regular bread products. I made my kids cinnamon raisin toast and they didn’t know the difference. Actually, they loved it!
What options do you have on your holiday entertaining menus for guest with allergies?
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 3 cups thinly sliced mushrooms
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¾ cup pizza or marinara sauce
- 1 bag of Udi's gluten free pizza crusts (2 crusts)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium size skillet, heat oil on medium heat and saute mushrooms for about 5 minutes or until wilted. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Spread the sauce on the crusts and evenly top with mushrooms and cheese.
- Place on a large baking pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling. Slice and serve warm.
****Udi’s provided me with free product however as usual all opinions are my own.