The other day my husband and I were reminiscing about our "married without kids" days in Dallas, Texas. We had bought a fixer-upper in one of those neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake. We got a dog. We regularly went to the gym (he still does, I fake it). We ate out ... a lot!
One of the places we'd frequent was Alfonso's Italian Restaurant there on the East side of the lake. Their garlic rolls were the bomb! Gut bombs, but still THE bomb.
Sadly, I don't think we have stepped foot into an Italian restaurant since going gluten-free over three years ago. But that doesn't mean I don't miss the pasta, the chicken parmesan, or crave the likes of those melt-in-your-mouth garlic rolls.
This week that craving struck and here is what satisfied it—these gluten-free, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside Mochi Garlic Roll Puffs. They are quick, easy, satisfying and ready in 15 minutes or less!
Mochi Garlic Roll Puffs
Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Sweetener-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan
Makes: 12 Puffs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
1 package Original Grainaissance MOCHI (click here for a coupon)
3 tablespoons melted Soy-Free Earth Balance® BUTTERY SPREAD
1-1/2 teaspoons granulated GARLIC
1 teaspoon dried BASIL (or Italian herb of choice)
1. Cut mochi into 1" squares and bake according to package directions.
2. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
3. Coat baked mochi in buttery mixture.
Grainaissance Mochi is made by a company out of Emeryville, California. It is a nutritious bake-and-serve rice snack made from whole grain brown rice without additives, preservatives or colorings. It's also wheat-free and gluten-free—infact the only ingredients in the Grainaissance Original (used in this recipe) is Sweet Brown Rice and filtered water. To prepare, just cut into 1-1/2" squares and bake at 450° F or 8-10 minutes. They puff up before your eyes!
When done, they're brown and crispy on the outside with a chewy interior. Eat Mochi puffs plain, or with dips or fillings of your own choosing. Mochi can be baked, pan-fried or added to soups just before serving. Mochi also makes great waffles! Check out all the varieties and fun uses for this versatile product on the Grainaissance website. You can find Grainassance products in many natural and healthfood stores. I pick up mine in the refrigerated section of the local Natural Grocers.
These would make a great stand-in for sopaipilla, too! Baked and then dipped in butter, honey, maybe some cinnamon! Mmmmmm!