gluten-free sandwich wrap
I’ve enjoyed Kate’s blog since the first time I found it- but she really made me sit up and take note when she started posting recipes like this one for Homemade Egg Rolls. (Not this recipe though- it was way before that. I just couldn’t find earlier posts!) She’d posted some crazy cool things before that, but it was at that moment I knew I’d found a true blogging “kindred spirit.” Since then she’s posted some amazing recipes that all show her adventurous culinary “point of view” (Yes, I watched that Food Network food star show) and I’ve enjoyed going along for the ride with her. As always, though, I’ve tended to be more of a sightseer than a recipe tester… I just get so caught up in my cookbook collection! This is one of the reasons I started the “Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger Event” – to give myself and others a much needed kick in the patootie to actually make the recipes we’ve admired on others’ blogs. So this month, when I had to pick a blogger, I knew I wanted to pick Kate’s blog. Then, of course, the hard part was picking just ONE recipe. I flirted with the idea of making Kate’s Cast Iron Skillet Pizza Recipe for a recent Celiac Bay Area potluck, but since I had limited time I decided against it. (Although next time, that pizza will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.) But I’ve been eying her post about the gluten-free sandwich wrap for a very long time now. (It was since July of 2007, actually. I did tell you I procrastinate these things…) I don’t know what pushed me over the edge, but somehow something snapped and I found myself in the kitchen, mixing up the sandwich wrap recipe, keeping in mind her follow up post on wrap experiments. I didn’t experiment with different flours, though. For one thing, I’m not all that crazy about sorghum, and for another, I am just about out of sorghum. Time for one of my annual flour-restocking online orders! So, I went with the traditional brown rice flour and tapioca starch. I did add some dried onion to spice it up a little, but I didn’t want to get too herbal with it. The last flatbread I made was a very well-seasoned olive-thyme-marjoram flatbread (yes, I will be posting the recipe), so this time I thought something classic and simple would be best. I spread the dough out on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper, and was reminded of making Bette Hagman’s excellent sponge cake recipe. I skipped the rising step along with Kate’s “experimental” model. I baked it at 425F for about fifteen minutes and found it rose in some places and looked thicker than a wrap- until I left it alone for 15 minutes after baking and it settled down (sank) like a good little wrap should. I sliced off the end, and made myself a sandwich with Toby’s oh-so-yummy tofu-egg salad (not vegan), fresh basil, and salt-seasoned sliced tomatoes. Truth be told, I wasn’t hungry just then, but needed the beautiful afternoon light to capture it for this post. No worries, though. DH and I had plans to go to a local coffeeshop to study, so I wrapped it up in saran wrap and put it in a handy little container and popped it in my backpack for my first-ever wrap-sandwich-to-go. The verdict? When I pulled the sandwich (or “sammie” as I’d rather call it, ’cause it was just so darned cute) and took a bite, I was one happy girl. Sometimes simple flours are your friend- and I’ve been friends with rice flour (brown OR white) and tapioca starch for a very long time. DH also stole a few bites and liked it. He would probably have eaten half of it, but I was a greedy girl and kept it for myself. Anyway, as I expected, Kate had shared yet another star recipe with her happy readers, who are just glad it made its way out of forum-dom to our happy viewing eyes (and into our happy mouths!) [Recipe was adapted by a forum member from GF 135 Recipes by Washburn]
But Kate doesn’t just post bread recipes, although there is a wealth of bread-type recipes on her site. She also hops around from yummy vegetable recipes (like this roasted artichoke recipe, to lentils (or Chickpeas), to pescatarian delights, (along with some things I don’t eat)… But I love the diversity of the recipes she shares and I can’t wait to make more of them… So I hope this post will inspire you to visit Kate’s blog and try some of her great recipes- and definitely, tell me about any of your favorites in the comments. Have you had YOUR gluten-free sandwich wrap today??
This Month’s Adopt-a Gluten-Free Blogger was hosted by Rachel at Wheat-Free Meat-Free, a blog very much after my own heart, obviously. Thank you, Rachel! If I remember correctly, we had another volunteer to host next month- please post in the comments to the post if you’d like to host the event next month or over the following months! :)