CLOSED What do you need to create the perfect sandwich? A review of BFree gluten free products – and a giveaway!

*Disclaimer: BFree Foods sent me a pack of BFree products free of charge for me to review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

I have vivid memories of eating bread as a child. At a time when meat was hard to find and throwing food away was simply not an option, bread was a household staple we thoroughly enjoyed: It filled our bellies and kept us away from hunger, and content in our little world. I remember my father and I would often dunk days-old bread into warm milk and have it for breakfast, in the kitchen of our tiny apartment. A lot of time has passed and a lot of things have happened in my life, yet I’ve actually never grown tired of bread. It is a simple yet deeply meaningful food, with the simplest of ingredients 🙂

These days I’m always on the lookout for new breads to use in my panini and sandwiches. As I said in a previous post, I was inspired by my visit to this year’s National Restaurant Association Show (you can read my review here) to search for quality breads, to work hard to discover innovative and flavorful varieties, and to share my findings with my readers. This is why I was very excited when BFree Foods contacted me and asked me to review their range of gluten-free, low-fat and high fiber products, which are now available for purchase in select Chicagoland stores.

BFree makes wraps, rolls, bagels and bread loaves which are wheat, dairy, egg, nut and soy free and suitable for vegans. Boasting a low caloric content and a high nutritional value, BFree specialty products are suitable for home freezing and seem to be a great option for those of us who are celiac, vegan or just concerned with their overall health and well-being.

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The bagels were the first BFree items we tried. My husband loves deli meat-packed bagels in the morning, and the BFree bagels definitely raised to the expectations. Both the plain and the multiseed varieties were tasty, fresh and (last but not least) easy to slice.

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If I were to pick my favorite BFree product, I would say: the bread rolls! Initially I tried them on their own, and they were amazing in terms of both flavor and texture. I then served the white rolls with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and smoked sausage, whereas for the brown rolls I used Polish ham instead of smoked sausage and kept the tomatoes and mozzarella. In both cases, the result was delicious. The bread was soft, fresh and flavorful – all marks of a high quality product. I especially liked the sunflower seeds in the brown rolls, which provided an extra bit of texture.

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I used the BFree soft white and brown seeded loaves to make several sandwiches, and I was pleased with the results. These loaves are sliced lengthways to provide bigger and better slices, and thus to accommodate a variety of ingredients. I liked this type of slice because it allowed me to pile the sandwiches high, to my heart’s content, without fearing that they might fall apart.

To make the white bread sandwich I smeared the bread with a red pepper spread and then topped up with hard salami, fresh mozzarella, sliced bell peppers and kosher dill pickles:

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I kept it simple with my brown seeded bread sandwich: I did not use red pepper spread or pickles, but an abundance of fresh produce (green lettuce, tomatoes and bell peppers) along with smoked ham and provolone. The sandwich was flavorful and the bread tasted like a high quality non gluten-free bread – despite being gluten-free, of course!

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I also kept it simple when it came to the BFree pita bread, and filled it with some leftover Greek salad. I recommend this as a light and easy to make dinner option:

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My favorite BFree wraps were the quinoa & chia seed wraps with teff and flax seeds. Protein-packed and high in fiber, these wraps had a wholesome flavor and a nice texture with a bit of a bite, thanks in part to the quinoa. I filled the wraps with shredded roast chicken, red pepper spread and romaine lettuce. Sadly, the wraps broke a bit when I rolled them, which meant that it was difficult to eat them as wraps.

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I thought for a few days whether anything else could be done with the wraps, and in the end I decided to use them in cannelloni. As you know by now, we love cannelloni and eat them very often – so why not try to make gluten free cannelloni? I loaded the wraps with a ground beef & ricotta mixture and covered them with sautéed diced eggplant, tomato sauce and lots and lots of mozzarella, and the dish was a stunning success. It did not taste any different than our “usual” cannelloni (made with store-bought pasta shells). It actually tasted so nice that my husband had it for lunch at work for two days in a row. Thankfully, what started off as a less-than-perfect wrap turned into a great, gluten-free cannelloni discovery.

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Overall, I was pleased with the BFree products I was sent for review. I thought they were flavorful and versatile, and I enjoyed incorporating them into various dishes, from straightforward breakfast options to more elaborate family dinners. I fell in love with the BFree rolls and I will definitely continue to enjoy them in the future – be it as a sandwich or simply dunk into milk 🙂

BFree Foods is offering Chicago Loves Panini readers the chance to win a pack of delicious BFree gluten-free products.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and answer the following question: In your opinion, what ingredients do you need to create the perfect sandwich?

Giveaway open to US residents only. One entry per person. Deadline for entries is 6PM central time on July 20th, 2016. One winner will be chosen on or around July 21st, 2016 by using a random number generator and will have 72 hours to respond to the winner notification email. I reserve the right to pick an alternative winner if the original winner does not contact me 72 hours after receipt of winner notification email.

Good luck!


37 Comments

  • VM

    July 6, 2016

    Brekkie sandwich: Hash browns, vegan cheese, vegan sausage and vegan “egg”, yummy!

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  • Aaron

    July 6, 2016

    To create the perfect sandwich I would enjoy some meat, mayo, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and love.

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  • Erin Ellis

    July 6, 2016

    Ham, turkey, swiss, lettuce, tomato, ranch, and a tastey wrap! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

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  • Steph

    July 7, 2016

    Avocados must go on a sandwich

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  • Char

    July 7, 2016

    Okay okay this is a GREAT post. I love gluten free bread, turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, mayo, and pickles. Thank you so much for this!

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  • Jennifer M.

    July 7, 2016

    I love an avocado, tomato and cucumber sandwich.

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  • Meghanb

    July 7, 2016

    You need cheese, avocado, sprouts, and cucumber!

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  • Justin Sparks

    July 7, 2016

    Bread and cheese and some nice deli meat will do just fine for me

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  • latanya

    July 7, 2016

    a good tomato, turkey, mayo, and whole wheat bread

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  • Marina

    July 7, 2016

    I’m going to have to try that cannelloni! Looks and sounds delicious! Thanks MickyN!!

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  • Laura H

    July 7, 2016

    My perfect sandwich would be grilled cheese with tomato on good quality gf bread.

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  • Darlene Carbajal

    July 7, 2016

    To make the perfect sandwich, I must have whole grain bread, mayonnaise, mustard, turkey, cheese, lettuce and avocado!

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  • Wehaf

    July 7, 2016

    I need some delicious GF bread (I was diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago), turkey, swiss and provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

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  • Michelle Coles

    July 7, 2016

    I love Turkey, pepper jack cheese and avocado!

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  • Shannon McClendon

    July 7, 2016

    The perfect sandwich includs lot of melted cheese and crispy bacon. Yum!

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  • Donna L

    July 7, 2016

    To make the perfect sandwich, I need the perfect tomato, lettuce, whole wheat bread and turkey.

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  • Sheila K.`

    July 7, 2016

    I like honey-maple turkey, asiago cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and a bit of horseradish-mustard on my perfect sandwich!

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  • tiffany dayton

    July 7, 2016

    Good roll with mayo,mustard,turkey,ham,lettuce,tomatoes,cheese,jalepinos and pickles.

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  • Jessica C

    July 8, 2016

    The perfect sandwich has to have great bread. My favorite fillers are mayo, salt, pepper ,oregano, Turkey,sprouts.. yummy

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  • jberry

    July 8, 2016

    Lean meat, bold cheese & seasonal veggies.

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  • LynneMarie

    July 9, 2016

    I need meat (usually turkey or chicken breast), cheese, avocado, mixed greens and a condiment such as mayo or mustard.

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  • Chelsey L

    July 9, 2016

    GF Bread, turkey, lettuce, mayo, sprouts, spinach, and veggies!

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  • Austin H.

    July 11, 2016

    Ham, cheese and tomato……grilled…..something simple

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  • Jennifer Kosty

    July 11, 2016

    Plain cheddar cheese and tomatos

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  • judith

    July 12, 2016

    hummus!

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  • Margaret Clegg

    July 14, 2016

    It depends on the type of sandwich. I’d say the most obvious answer is bread. At first I thought cheese, but what about a pb & j sandwich? So many options!

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  • Angie W

    July 15, 2016

    Good bread, cheese, spinach, tomato, sprouts, and hummus!

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  • Jeffrey

    July 15, 2016

    My perfect sandwich has prosciutto, arugula, basil pesto, grated Parmesan, Brie, and caramelized onions.

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  • Jessica

    July 16, 2016

    A good sandwich starts with good gluten free bread!

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  • DANA

    July 17, 2016

    I need avocado and onion in every sandwich along with chicken and Turkey.

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  • Brianna

    July 17, 2016

    Oven roasted turkey, Colby Jack cheese, guacamole, pea shoots, and a pickle!

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  • David

    July 19, 2016

    For me any variety of meat, any variety of cheese, with salad dressing and lettuce.

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  • Steph

    July 19, 2016

    I need mozzarella on mine

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  • cassandra m

    July 20, 2016

    Crunchy lettuce. fresh tomato, and a great deli meat.

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  • Sarah Cool

    July 20, 2016

    A high quality meat and bread are the most important

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  • Donna L

    July 23, 2016

    A good sandwich has lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo.

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