For many people, a meal isn't complete without dinner rolls. But where can you find gluten-free dinner rolls to suit your gluten-free diet?
Lots of places, it turns out. A wide variety of gluten-free food companies now make dinner rolls for people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and you (not to mention your guests) will be hard-pressed to tell the difference between those rolls and gluten-filled varieties.
You have the option of reheating ready-to-serve dinner rolls, or of making your own (either from a mix or from scratch).
Here's the list of the gluten-free dinner rolls available as of November 2012 (see below for make-your-own options):
- Ener-G. Well-known gluten-free brand Ener-G makes gluten-free tapioca-based dinner rolls that come in packages of six. The rolls are enriched with vitamins (including vitamins B1, B2, niacin, folic acid, vitamin D and iron), and include yeast as an ingredient. Ener-G makes its products in a facility that's dairy-free, peanut-free and tree-nut free as well as gluten-free. Its products are Kosher-certified, and Ener-G tests its products to ensure they contain fewer than 5 parts per million of gluten (GF-5), currently the lowest possible testing limit.
- Katz Gluten-Free. This strictly Kosher manufacturer makes gluten-free dinner rolls in packages of four that you can order either with sesame seeds or without them. Katz makes its dinner rolls in a dedicated gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free facility. The company is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which requires products to test below 10 parts per million of gluten (GF-10).
- New Grains Bakery. New Grains makes its Multi-Grain Dinner Rolls with a base of sweet white rice and sweet brown rice flours, plus flax seeds and tapioca flour. The rolls contain eggs and yeast. The company mills its gluten-free grains onsite to reduce the chances of gluten cross-contamination.
- Schar. Schar makes several different types of gluten-free rolls that might suit your dinner, including Classic White Rolls (more like hamburger buns, but they would work in a pinch), Ciabatta par-baked rolls, and Multigrain Ciabatta. All contain yeast and corn starch, and both ciabatta products also contain soy protein. All the products are milk- and egg-free. Schar tests its raw ingredients for gluten cross-contamination down to below 20 parts per million (GF-20), and manufactures its products in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
- Udi's Gluten-Free. You have two Udi's dinner roll products to choose from: Classic French dinner rolls and Whole Grain Seeded dinner rolls. Both include yeast and egg whites. Udi's is certified by the GFCO, and tests to below 10 parts per million of gluten (GF-10).
If you like the idea of home-baked dinner rolls but don't want to start from scratch, you may want to consider a mix. You can re-purpose a gluten-free bread mix for this, and it likely will work well (here's the list of winners and runners-up in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards contest for Best Gluten-Free Bread Mix).
However, you may also want to consider a mix that's intended specifically for dinner rolls. Here's two gluten-free dinner roll mixes:
- 1-2-3 Gluten-Free. 1-2-3 Gluten-Free, a small company run by a mother-daughter team, makes Aaron's Favorite Rolls, a gluten-free dinner roll mix that's free of soy, corn, potato, dairy, egg, peanuts and tree nuts and made in an allergen-free facility. The mix is both GFCO-certified (to GF-10 levels) and Kosher-certified.
- Chebe. Chebe makes two mixes you could use to produce dinner rolls: its Original Cheese Bread Mix and its All-Purpose Bread Mix. Both are tapioca-based and are free of grains, soy, potato, yeast and MSG. Chebe is certified gluten-free by the Celiac Sprue Association (CSA), which requires products to test below 5 parts per million of gluten (GF-5).
Finally, if you want to make your own gluten-free dinner rolls from scratch, consider trying this recipe from About.com's Expert on Gluten-Free Cooking: Gluten-Free Beer Batter Dinner Rolls. The recipe is dairy-free, corn-free and soy-free. You'll need to add beer, of course — if you don't already have a favorite, here's my list of Gluten-Free Beer. Happy baking!