Friday, March 8, 2013

Gluten-Free Friday: Udi's Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns

After learning that the bun on my awesome Cheeseburger in Paradise at Margaritaville was courtesy of Udi's, I quickly sought out the buns in my local store.

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One of the major benefits of Udi's is that they have been able to become pretty mainstream, and are available in a ton of regular grocery stores.  As I now live in Vero Beach and the closest Whole Foods is over an hour away, being able to find them in my local Publix is huge!

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The burger buns are actually a decent size, and can therefore accommodate a normal 1/4 to 1/3 pound patty.  They are already split, so no cutting required, and they have a nice light texture that still holds up well to a hefty burger with no crumbling/falling apart.  They were great with this week's chicken parmesan burgers!

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At my Publix they are priced at just over $4 for a pack of 4, so they also fit well into my gluten-free grocery budget.

(Picture credit Udi’s website)

I also picked up a package of their hot dog buns while I was at it, the other week I had these bratwurst-style chicken sausages on my menu and I wanted to eat them on a real bun.  The sausages weren't all that good unfortunately, but the buns were great!  I got a little creative the next time I used them on pasta night this past weekend and whipped up some quick garlic bread.

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It's a great use for them - perfect portion size, and since they are already split all I had to do was pull them apart, slather with butter and garlic, sprinkle with grated parmesan and Italian seasoning, and pop them into the toaster for a few minutes.  

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Such a treat to get to eat bread, especially when it's accessible and affordable - thanks, Udi's!

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