Until I read about GFL Food’s gluten-free pita bread on Erin’s blog, Gluten-Free Fun, I had no idea that such a product existed. Kim’s review on Gluten Free is Life sealed the deal. I had to get my hands on this pita bread! Remembering my favorite sandwich at My Friend’s Place (a sandwich shop in the Atlanta area), a mini tuna pita melt, I knew exactly what I’d be making if I was lucky enough to get to sample this product.
Like most gluten-free bread products, the pita bread from GFL Foods needs to be kept frozen. The instructions say to defrost one pita at a time in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Not following the instructions might result in a crumbly experience. Once the pita cooled down a bit, I split it in half. I was making two different half pita sandwiches. I filled one with lettuce and tuna fish salad. For the tuna, I did something a little different. I didn’t use mayo but used Trader Joe’s black olive tapenade spread instead. I also added a few minced capers and a tiny bit of spicy brown mustard. We had something similar in Key West once and it was the best tuna salad we’d ever had. Mine isn’t nearly as good as that was, but it’s pretty tasty none-the-less. For the other half pita, I spread a thin layer of Peachtree Pimento cheese spread inside.
So far the pita bread looked, felt and smelled like “real” pita bread. Obviously, the real test is the actual taste (and texture in our house). If something has a great taste with a less than appealing texture, it’s not a keeper for us. Life is too short to eat bad or sub par tasting food, period. I’ll go without any day before I’ll eat something that’s not worth my hard earned money. OK – so how was this gluten-free pita bread from GFL Foods? In a word – wonderful! Actually, that does not do it justice – truly wonderful is more like it. In addition to being gluten-free, this pita bread is also dairy free, cholesterol free, trans fat free and preservative free. They can be purchased online and at several stores in the Northeast U.S. Check the GFL Foods website for details.
Sometimes when we taste things that we haven’t been able to enjoy for a while, we are taken aback with the emotions that come rushing to the surface. Why does food have this affect on us – or some of us anyway? It’s because we have attachments to memories that involved food. When I was a student many years ago, I could afford to enjoy lunch out at very few places. One of those places was My Friends Place. Their mini pita was a part of my life for over 15 years. And then one day it wasn’t anymore, due to my need to eat gluten-free.
Yesterday, I enjoyed a delicious pita bread sandwich that reminded me of the ones I’d loved for so many years. While I still can’t have the pita bread at My Friends Place, I can finally have it at home. More than that, this pita bread is something I’d be proud to serve gluten eaters, which is saying a lot. The last thing I ever want to do is help perpetuate the myth that gluten-free food is tasteless or bad tasting. With the GFL Foods pita bread, there are no worries there. This weekend I’ll be picking up some egg and tuna salad from My Friends Place to recreate my favorite pita sandwich ever and I can hardly wait!
Special thanks to Erin for this exciting news about gluten-free pita and to GFL Foods for making such excellent pita bread. Thanks also to Rami for my tasting samples!