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Cheesy, doughey, gooey, GREAT!

June 3rd, 2009 by Brandi

I visit the Harris Teeter in Ballston (Arlington, VA) with above average frequency*. I  never know what I need to make dinner, so last minute runs to the grocery store are common in my house. Regardless of what’s on my shopping list, though, I always take a tour of the freezer section. You never know what new gluten free snack they’ll sneak in when you’re not looking. Last week, to my glorious surprise, a GF dinner roll had appeared. The package promised Brazilian cheese bread, but the picture promised a perfect Thanksgiving dinner roll. Forget Weight Watchers; I was in.

After 25 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees, we had toasty warm rolls … that smelled like a rich, flavorful cheese. At first bite, it was heaven.

Chebe (pronounced chee-bee) Bread Products are naturally gluten free renditions of “pao de queijo.” The cheese bread is made into rolls, pizza dough, bread sticks – a wide variety of typically off-limits glutenous foods. Traditionally made with tapioca flour, Brazilian pao de queijo is a perfect accompaniment to a formal sit down dinner or a good snack when you just need to nosh on a bread-like product. While Chebe is available at some Harris Teeter chains, new locations are being added to its distribution regularly, or you can order online.

On my agenda – get to Rio de Janeiro soon to try the real thing.

*The Ballston Harris Teeter has finally reintroduced Redbridge to its beer selection. Why they removed it is beyond me, but I’m glad its back.

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