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Friday, December 20, 2013

Udi’s White and Millet Chia Bread Stuffing

This holiday season I was lucky enough to have the kind folks at Udi’s send me some of their gluten free products to sample.

Two of these products were Udi's White Sandwich Bread and Udi's Millet-Chia Bread. I decided to make gluten free stuffing out of them for our holiday dinner. This stuffing is my all time favorite stuffing recipe. Your family and friends will never guess it is gluten and dairy free! The best part is it is a cinch to make!

Serves 8
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter (I use Earth Balance dairy & soy-free buttery spread)
1 loaf of Udi’s White or Millet bread (or try half a loaf of both!), cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 12 cups)
2 onions, chopped
4 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Salt and Pepper
2 Granny Smith apples cut into 1/2-pieces
2 cups chicken or turkey broth (you could use vegetable broth here to make this vegan!)
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh sage, chopped
2 large egg substitution equivalent (I used 2 tablespoons flax + 6 tablespoons warm water)

How to Make It:
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a deep, 3-quart casserole dish. Place the bread on a rimmed baking sheet and toast until golden for about 10 minutes. *  Transfer to a large bowl *If you want to skip this step, simply cut bread up a day ahead of time and leave it out to dry out!
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened for about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the apples and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the vegetable mixture, parsley, and sage to the bread and toss to combine. Mix in the egg mixture. Transfer to the prepared dish and cover loosely with foil.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden for about 12 to 15 minutes more.
  5. Enjoy!


What's in Udi's White Sandwich Bread? The ingredients are as follows:
Udi’s Best Blend (tapioca & potato starch, brown rice flour, modified tapioca starch), water, non-GMO vegetable oil (canola or sunflower or safflower), egg whites, tapioca maltodextrin, evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup, yeast, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, mono calcium phosphate), cultured corn syrup solids (natural mold inhibitor), enzymes.

Price: $5.00 for a 12 oz loaf.





What's in Udi's Millet-Chia Bread? The ingredients are as follows:
Water, tapioca starch, millet seed, brown rice flour, resistant corn starch, egg whites, non-GMO vegetable oil (canola or sunflower or safflower), chia seed, cane syrup, rice bran, organic inulin, evaporated cane juice, citrus fiber, yeast, flax seed, salt, gum (xanthan gum, sodium alginate, guar gum, carrageenan, locust bean gum), pea protein, dry molasses, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, mono calcium phosphate), cultured corn syrup solids, (natural mold inhibitor), enzymes.

Price: $5.50 for a 14.2 oz loaf.

My Verdict: I liked both of these breads and the combination of the two complemented my dressing nicely. If you are looking for a plain old fashion white bread, Udi's White Sandwich Bread is the one you are looking for. The Millet-Chia bread is a nice ancient grain alternative to your typical multi-grain loaf. Both breads have nice flavor and good texture. In my opinion you can't go wrong with either one and the only downside is they both contain eggs. So if you have an issue with eggs you are out of luck!

*Udi's did supply me with these products to review, however as always the opinions in this post are 100% mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

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