Exciting Gluten-Free Discovery

There is only one place in the town I usually shop in where I can get a halfway decent gluten-free pizza (and cheese bread). They’re very pricey at roughly $12.00 … before adding toppings … for a 10-inch, very  thin crust pie. But sometimes it’s worth it if I don’t have a Schar crust in the cupboard, or a homemade one in the freezer.

Recently, though, I saw where they now have a couple of gluten-free sub sandwich options. Can I get a yeehaw! everyone?

Again, it’s almost $12.00, but I broke down and bought a while back.

I know that today’s gluten-free (aka GF) bread product options are much better than what used to be available, and maybe it’s because it’s still early in the whole GF-lifestyle, but I still think they’re a sorry excuse for the real stuff. Better than nothing, but not by much as a rule.

So I was excited at the thought of getting a real ham and cheese sub.

Until I got it home and opened it up to put mayo on it. And found something that looked like baby poop…and a whole lot of sliced peppers – and they weren’t green peppers.

The baby poop-like substance turned out to be a funky mustard, and yes…the peppers were of the really hot and spicy variety.

Apparently those come as standard ingredients on a ham and cheese sub, and if you don’t know they’re standard, then all you can do is wipe the sh   stuff off and hope for the best.

I’ve been around for a while. I know good and well that a ham and cheese sub comes with a bun, ham, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Some come with an Italian dressing, but most just come with four ingredients slapped on a bun. If you want onions, if you want peppers, if you want mustard…you have to ask. And you usually have to pay extra for them, too.

Okay, rant over. I know some people seriously love those two items, but I’m not one of them. The second one I bought – minus the extras, was perfect. And just so you know, an employee agreed with me – you shouldn’t get baby p  mustard and hot peppers without specifically requesting them.

That aside, the bun turned out to be a flat bread, which was actually very good.

Except I found out after asking if I could just buy the flat bread by itself that it’s not flat bread at all. Nope. It’s actually just their pre-made, gluten-free pizza crust, baked and folded in half.

Well what do you know about that…

Genius!

Since I’m out of home-baked crusts, I guess it’s time to pick up another Gluten-Free Pantry French bread mix. Based on what I’ve already done, I figure I can get four pie plate sized decently thick crusts…and four thin crusts that I can use for flat bread.

So instead of paying almost $12.00, plus gas to get to and from town, for one flat bread sub, I’ll cut that cost down to about $4.00 (or less) to make my own at home. And I don’t have to worry about it being polluted with stuff I don’t like should I be distracted and forget to ask that it be left off my sandwich.

Not that I won’t still be ordering pizza and subs from the pizza parlor, mind you. Sometimes I just don’t want to cook, and that will never change.

Cottage Inn Pizza is where you can get a good gluten-free pizza or ‘flat bread’ sub if you don’t feel like cooking. They have a dedicated prep area, and are very careful to avoid cross-contamination. There are a number of locations in Michigan, and one in Hilliard, Ohio.

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