Product Review: Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps + Recipe Bonus

Whitney's Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps

Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps

Product: Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps – $4.00+

‘Twas the month of December and I was starting to contrive
Brand new recipes for when my Cuisine Cube was due to arrive…

Yes!  The December cube is here!  It arrived on Monday and I happily dug right in, wondering what sort of goodness lay under the flaps of cardboard and paper.  What I was met with was a delightful array of items.  It was like Christmas had come early as I sorted through the breakfast, baking, lunch/snack, dessert dinner, and other dessert options.  I was ready to dive right in and have a little of everything.  But, self-control does still in handy at times.

First of all, let’s discuss Cuisine Cube.  I’ve blogged on items I’ve received since signing up in May.  Cuisine Cube is a gluten-free delivery service put together by a team of enthusiastic eaters, food professionals, and allergy suffers from New York City.  They have scoured the country looking for lesser known brands made by small artisan producers that taste better than the highly processed and subpar items you can find at virtually every grocery store.  This was a way to help support small businesses.  These products are meticulously selected and then delivered right to your door.  So, you get to try a new brand or item you may never have discovered otherwise.  It’s a great, efficient, and fantastic service.  One that I always look forward to each month.

So, this month, I selected Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps to lead off my month of delicious eating.  I thought they looked a lot like the Glutino Bagel Chips that you can find in most grocery stores these days.  But, I didn’t just want to eat these straight out of the package…or just throw them on top of a salad.  I wanted to do something a little different with them.  And I did.

But…not without trying one first.  I can’t just re-purpose a product without trying it out as it is first…

There you have it…I opened up the package and popped one of the crisps into my mouth.  And I was immediately greeted with the crunchy texture.  I love that for these kinds of crisps.  They are called crisps for a reason…they should be crispy.  But, even more importantly…the flavor!  Before I had to go gluten-free…and before I started to really pay attention to what I ate, I was a Cheeze-It connoisseur.  And the cheddar flavor in these crisps…reminded me of those.  But better.  WAY better.  I was almost sad to repurpose these for my recipe…because they were amazing on their own.

But my creative chef mind was calling…

So…the rest of these amazing and delicious crisps went into my food processor and got pulverized.

Now, before I share this recipe with you, let’s talk about the Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps.  As far as ingredients go, these are made from sorghum flour, tapioca flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, xanthan gum, Vermont Farmstead’s Farmstead Cheddar, milk, white vinegar, brown sugar, baking soda, kosher salt, dry mustard and cayenne pepper.  These are produced in a designated gluten-free facility.

Nutritionally speaking, a serving is 1 ounce of these crisps…and the package holds 4 servings.  One serving will provide you with 120 calories and 3 grams of fat.  You will be consuming 10 mg cholesterol, 230 mg sodium, and 2 grams of sugar.  In addition, these have 1 gram of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

So, what came of these crisps?

Well, back before I became a vegetarian, and definitely back before I was diagnosed as a Celiac…one of my favorite things to order at Red Lobster was the Fried Calamari appetizer.  My roommate would eat the calamari…I wanted the fried broccoli and red peppers that were served with it.  Honestly, one of my favorite foods (and definitely not good for you by any means…but it was so good)…which I hadn’t even thought about in years…

But I happened to have a red bell pepper and some broccoli from my CSA bin in my fridge…and now…a breading.  I do not fry anything.  I just don’t.  So, I set out to recreate the infamous Red Lobster vegetables…by baking them.  And thanks to Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps…I now had the perfect gluten-free breading.

Recipe: Crispy Broccoli and Red Peppers

Crispy Broccoli and Red Peppers (made with Whitney's Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps)

Crispy Broccoli and Red Peppers (made with Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps)

Servings: 2-4
Time: Prep 10 minutes; Cook 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1-2 egg whites (beaten)
  • 4 ounces gluten-free breading (I used a package of Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a large plastic bag, place in the broccoli florets and red pepper slices.  Add the egg white(s).  Close the bag and shake to coat.  Add the gluten-free breading.  Reseal the bag and shake again.  Spread the vegetables onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, until crispy.

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Guess what?  This was so close to how I remember the original tasting.  I love the flavors that baking something in the oven can really coax out of things like vegetables.  And the Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps made the perfect coating for these vegetables.  It gave it a nice cheese flavor on top of turning a beautiful golden color in the oven and really making the apartment smell fantastic.  I was smelling a great cheddar aroma after these were in the oven for only 5 minutes.  Way beyond impressed.  I sort of want these in my pantry for always.

So, if you are curious about the Whitney’s Castleton Gluten Free Cheddar Crisps, head over to their site and read more about their products and order some for yourself.  Or order from Cuisine Cube’s stock up site!

And if you want to give Cuisine Cube a try, head over to their Web site and check out their subscription options…joining for a monthly, three month, or six month subscription.  This Cube (box of goodies) will arrive at your door within the first week of each month and you will have at least 5 full-size gluten-free items inside.  I encourage you to give it a try…

…because I never would have heard of these crisps without the aid of Cuisine Cube.

And yeah…they were really fantastic…on their own and in my dish.

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