A little ode to annaB’s gluten free! This meal was absolutely divine and made to feel elegant with the use of a few key ingredients. I picked up truffle cheese at Trader Joe’s and a loaf of annaB’s gluten free mutli grain bread to add just the right touches. Here’s how it all came together:
Nowadays, when we don’t have time to make something fresh, we can reach towards our grocer’s freezer for some fantastic gluten free options. As I was strolling through the gluten free aisle at Kroger last week, I noticed a relatively new addition – Bella Monica Gluten Free Pizzas. I grabbed one of my favorites, a white pizza with mushrooms and I knew it wouldn’t be too long before I gave it a try to avoid drooling over my husband’s favorite delivery pie.
When I pulled it out of the packaging, I noticed the same things you normally do when unwrapping a frozen treat…for one, the picture always looks better than the product and two, the veggies were scarce. But, I was excited to have a gluten free pizza that I didn’t have to make from scratch or shell out big bucks for (the pizza was $7.99 before tax). The other downside that I noticed right away was that the pizza itself was pretty small. Its size piqued my curiosity, so I flipped the box over to read the serving sizes and calorie count. WHOA! Let’s just say if you are watching your calories and portions, this is not the product for you.
So, I followed the instructions, cooking the pizza directly on the rack and in no time at all, pulled out a bubbly, hot pie. The first bite held big promise but came up short. The flavor was ok, although for me it was hard to tell if the crust was lacking or if it was just the toppings themselves. The crust had the right texture and was slightly puffier than other gluten free pizzas I’ve had but something was definitely missing. I think if there had been a ‘do-over’, I would have added a bit of fresh cheese (more calories!) and herbs to the top and served it with a side of marinara for dipping. Having only had one of the options they offer, I won’t say Bella Monica is off my list but it appears that I am still searching for a satisfying gluten free frozen pizza…
Welcome back! Hopefully by now you’ve checked out the Quick Hit video showcasing our finds at River City Cellars – Gluten Free BEER! If you haven’t taken a look, check it out to see how the beer batter we made came together. Listed below are the other gluten free ingredients including the fresh squash blossoms we picked up from Mankintowne Specialty Growers at the South of the James Farmer’s Market and steps to make your own gluten free fried treats.
Gluten Free Beer Batter
Yes, you read correctly…gluten free beer batter for frying your favorite foods! In this quick segment see where I found the gluten free beer and what else I used to put it all together. And be sure to check back later for both the batter and the featured seasonal, stuffed squash blossoms written recipes. They were fried until golden brown and the finished dish was crispy on the outside with a soft, cheesy inside that melts in your mouth!