Since going gluten-free, I’ve tried many rice-based foods. From brown rice bread and rice-flour pancakes, to baking cookies from scratch with sweet rice flour — I really haven’t been impressed.
Last week I discovered my favorite grocery store stocks Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas. And, they are pretty good! I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen, and here are my three favorite ways to eat the gluten-free rice flour tortillas.
Hot, Cheesy Quesadilla
Since the tortillas tear easily when folded, I like using them in recipes that keep them flat. Since I was craving Mexican food, making a quesadilla was a no-brainer. I lightly oiled a hot skillet, placed one brown rice tortilla in the pan and topped it with shredded cheddar cheese. If you like spicy quesadillas, try adding pepper jack cheese. Then, I added another tortilla and let the quesadilla cook on each side for a minute or two. Unlike wheat flour-based tortillas, rice tortillas get an extra crispy crust which made this treat very easy to hold and dip. Try serving with a side of salsa, sour cream or guacamole for a delicious Mexican appetizer.
Recently, I stuffed cheese and vegetables between two rice tortillas to create a panini-style sandwich. This is a great way to get rid of leftovers or add extra hidden vegetables to a meal. Since I’m a vegetarian, I kept the sandwich simple by layering mozzarella cheese, spinach and fresh sliced tomatoes on my panini. After five minutes in the oven, the sandwich melted and toasted. Other toppings to try include sliced deli turkey, pre-cooked bacon or a mixture of ham and cheese.
Gluten-Free Tortilla Pizza
This is my personal favorite recipe using rice tortillas. Making gluten-free pizza from a boxed mix is simple, but costly. Using brown rice tortillas is much easier and adds a serving of whole grains to my diet. To make a substantial crust, I use two tortillas separated by a sprinkling of shredded mozzarella cheese. Then, top the pizza with tomato sauce, more cheese and favorite pizza toppings. After five minutes in a 400 degree oven, the cheese was melted and the tortilla crust was crispy and golden. This tortilla creation reminds me of crispy, thin crust pizza.
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