Savory Apple & Pear Twice-Baked Ciabatta Rolls [Rudi’s Gluten-Free Giveaway]

by Sarah on November 3, 2014 · 46 comments

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery is releasing gluten-free ciabatta rolls, and they kindly asked if I would like to not only try them, but create a fabulous new recipe with them–IMG_4212 (1280x853)

—and THEN give away a prize pack including:

  • One bag of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Rosemary Olive Oil Ciabatta Rolls
  • One bag of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Plain Ciabatta Rolls
  • Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Apron
  • John Boos 18-by-12-Inch Reversible Maple Cutting Board
  • Spectrum Organic Mediterranean Olive Oil
  • Spectrum Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery Oven Mitt*

*Starting November 4th, Rudi’s is also giving away 100 oven mitts on their Facebook page.


I had 96 hours.

The choice was obvious:IMG_4561 (1280x853)

Challenge accepted.

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Luckily, The Professor and I were planning a little gathering which I thought of as a celebratory fall dinner and he thought of as a football-and-meat party. Regardless, I was going to also use it as a testing ground for my recipe creation.IMG_20141102_071221

Although I had toyed with a different idea–and may use the plain ciabatta rolls to bring to life later—reading the November issue of Cooking Light at the gym on Saturday morning inspired an apple stuffing-stuffed roll idea….cookinglightnovember_applestuffing

…and when you’ve got apple, you might as well add some delicious local pear to the mix, no?IMG_4499 (1280x853)

A little celery, a little onion, and a whole lot of dried herbs and seasonings…IMG_4507 (1280x853)

…what one of my guests referred to as “twice baked potatoes..but with stuffing, in rolls.”IMG_4568 (1280x853)

They smelled like Thanksgiving-so, delicious–and were greeted by an “Oh my goodness!” from one of the guys.IMG_4562 (1280x853)

(Hopefully he wasn’t referring to a great play in the game.)IMG_4581 (1280x853)

Gluten-Free Savory Apple & Pear Twice-Baked Ciabatta Rolls

  • 1 package frozen Rudi’s Gluten-Free Rosemary & Olive Oil Ciabatta Rolls
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 cup diced firm, ripe pear
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. dried rubbed sage
  • salt + pepper (to taste)
  • 3/4 cup (gluten-free) vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small pan over medium heat, saute onion and celery in olive oil for 2-3 minutes , until fragrant and beginning to soften.
  3. Add apples, pears, and dried herbs to the pan, stirring well.
  4. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring regularly, until apples and pears are soft but not mushy.*
  5. Remove rolls from the freezer and place directly onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake rolls four 4 minutes and remove pan from the oven.
  7. Use a serrated knife to cut the tops, lengthwise, off of the rolls. Use your fingers to scoop out the inside of each roll, tearing into pieces and putting in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  8. Stir together bread, vegetable broth, and apple-pear mixture. Adjust seasoning as necessary.
  9. Scoop stuffing back into the bread ‘bowls.’ Sprinkle with walnuts if desired.
  10. Bake 6 more minutes, or until heated through.
  11. Serve immediately (to much applause).

*You may complete all steps until this one in advance. Just don’t preheat the oven!


Want to WIN that amazing prize pack?

Just tell me your favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

Mine is actually sweet potatoes….with no marshmallows, only pecan streusel.

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Li Cheng November 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

My fav Thanksgiving side is baked sweet potatoes with kimchi and a fried egg! Totally not a typical combo, but it’s my family’s tradition. We also
love baked root veggies. Soooo good! Amazing recipe, I will definitely try it!

Dawn Thomas November 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

My latest fave is a new dish I added last year. Brussels, caramelized onion and butternut squash with quinoa in a light vinaigrette. Even the husband ate it!

Madeline November 3, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I adore the stuffing, as well as homemade applesauce from grandma!

EVA November 3, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Mine’s really boring, but my family unfortunately doesn’t get super adventurous on the Thanksgiving sides. Or maybe I just love the simple things in life! ANYWHO, mine’s gotta be boiled red potatoes (skin ON!) with cabbage. Throw some rosemary on top of those suckers and you’ve got a classic! I’ve actually never heard of twice-baked rolls, but I’m lovin’ the idea! Sounds like it’d be killer with some cranberry sauce on top.

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Mine is my homemade gluten-free vegan stuffing!

Anne Weber-Falk November 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Stuffing all the way man! From inside the turkey! If it’s not from the inside then it’s only dressing.

Ashley P November 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

I love sweet potatoes!

Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 3, 2014 at 10:08 pm

my daddy makes some honey baked beans that are my absolute FAVORITE! I am intrigued by these!!! YUM!

Denisse November 4, 2014 at 2:06 am

I LOVE LOVE my family’s casseroled potatoes! They have regular potatoes, cream of mushroom and they are literally drowned in CHEESE! so good!

manda November 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

I love sweet potatoes.

Pua November 5, 2014 at 2:58 am

This looks good! My favorite side is mashed potatoes. Can’t get enough!

LaTanya November 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

I like Thanksgiving cornbread dressing

David November 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

I like yams, and also sweet potato pie for dessert. We only eat them this time of year, so I enjoy them during and after dinner!!

lindsey November 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Stuffing! My mom has always made traditional southern cornbread dressing, and we all love it. It was a bonus that there’s so little bread in it that it was easy to switch it to GF for the many GF people in our family. Either way, it’s the best!!

Carla November 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I gotta say, I love the stuffing. My mom makes it with a TON of butter, so my stomach doesn’t like it as much, but man it’s good haha.

Kaitlin November 6, 2014 at 11:33 am

I love thanksgivings dressing with turkey, that my nana makes!

Alicia November 6, 2014 at 1:08 pm

The mashed potatoes and gravy has always been my favorite at Thanksgiving ! 😀

marie November 7, 2014 at 9:26 am

Mine is homemade cranberry sauce.

meredith November 7, 2014 at 10:56 am

Stuffing! Always the stuffing.

s.w. November 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

My favorite is potato casserole

Solducky November 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm

The 7 layer salad. So wrong, but so right.

Jasmine A. November 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm

I LOVE really good stuffing, with everything, shallots, cranberries, celery, yummy

Laura J November 10, 2014 at 12:15 am

My favorite is Sweet Potatoes with brown sugar and marshmallows!

rachel November 10, 2014 at 9:30 am

My mom’s green bean casserole or, like you, sweet potato casserole! But I just really love the desserts :)

sara jackson November 10, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I am in love with roasted brussel sprouts with bacon….so so good

tom sides November 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm

fried plantains

chris conanan November 10, 2014 at 1:51 pm

mashed potatoes

jennie sides November 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm

cranberry sauce

Mary November 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

My favorite side dish is the stuffing. Make mine with Rudi’s bread that has been cubed, seasoned, and toasted. Add turkey broth, onion, celery, and just befor I put it in the oven I drip a bit of the turkey juices over the top.

a papas November 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

extra creamy mashed potatoes with lotsa bacon, chives, n cheese

thomas ciravolo November 10, 2014 at 2:13 pm

smothered in blueberries… what a delight!

RG November 10, 2014 at 3:47 pm

the stuffing!

Marcy November 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

I LOVE it all, but especially the stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce. Can’t wait!

Ben November 10, 2014 at 4:46 pm

My favorite side dish is green beans and almonds.

Ronanne November 10, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Homemade pumpkin muffins.

Gary November 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Cranberry orange compote.

Brenda Price November 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm

My favorite side dish for Thanksgiving is mashed potatoes. :)

Eugenie November 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Mashed sweet potatoes with butter and maple syrup topped with candied pecans

Howell November 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Homemade cranberry sauce

Darlene November 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Pumpkin Roll!

shannta November 10, 2014 at 10:04 pm

dressing with giblet gravy

NinaB November 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

sweet potatoes with pecans and marshmellows

Alison Michaud November 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I love sweet potatoes as well. I prepare them in a variety of ways, but one of my favorites is slice sweet potatoes roasted in an apple cider/maple syrup reduction. Delish.

Emilee November 13, 2014 at 2:10 am

My favorite Thanksgiving side dish would probably be potatoes and gravy. Yummm!! Can’t wait! I’m definitely going to try this recipe on Thanksgiving! So looking forward to it. Thank you for the chance to win!

Gloria Stephens November 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I agree with you, sweet potatoes w/pecan streusel, yummy! Also must have whole cranberry sauce w/turkey breast. One favorite is baking a butternut squash pie and everyone believes it’s pumpkin pie. I’ve never cared too much for stuffing but now that I know I may be able to get your gluten-free bread and rolls at the close-by Publix I just may make it again. At one time was seriously into baking lots of sourdough bread, making my own toasted bread cubes for stuffing, seasoned croutons, etc. Even sold it during yard sales and shared multiple loaves with neighbors and colleagues. I’ve been experimenting with alternate flours in baking and cooking for some time to avoid as much gluten, white flour and modern-day wheat as possible. I’m eager to try your products!

Gloria Stephens November 20, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I agree, sweet potatoes w/pecan streusel. Must have whole-berry cranberry sauce. A favorite too is bkg a butternut squash pie w/all believing it’s pumpkin.
I’m very eager and looking forward to trying your bakery products. Thank you!

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