Gluten Free Oven Baked Sopes Recipe & BIG RED LETTER DAY!

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by Carol Kicinski on June 12, 2009

Yesterday I woke up to the sun shinning, the bird singing and the delicious scent of freshly brewed coffee wafting through the air. My skin was glowing, my tummy mysteriously flat and my hair shinny and perfectly obedient. As I exited the house towards a waiting Lincoln Towncar and driver, perfectly clad in size 2 designer jeans and stunning Manolo Blahnik heels, a handful of friendly paparazzi called my name and snapped pictures from a respectful distance. I was whisked to the TV studio…

Screech!

Stop!
Re-roll film!

Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly the way it happened. The house was dark, no birds or coffee, hair was in desperate need of a trim, flip flops instead of Manolas, schlepping bags to the car (my car – no black shinny limo and driver) and well, you get the picture.

Regardless it was a

BIG
RED
LETTER
DAY

 

for Simply…Gluten-free!

Carol Kicinski on Daytime TV

I filmed a gluten-free cooking segment on the national syndicated morning show Daytime!

Woo Hoo. The segment will air on June 22. Yeah for all us Celiacs! Awareness is increasing, people are starting to understand and realize that we are not just a bunch of fringe allergy people.

I am hoping to change the face of gluten intolerance. I am sure you know what I mean. The majority of cookbooks out there for gluten free are printed on cheap paper with no pictures targeted at allergy girl (or guy) or hippie girl (or guy). Seriously! I have many, many pairs of shoes and not a pair of Birkenstocks in the bunch! I am hoping for a raised perception of us and I feel I am doing my small part to help that. And so is Daytime by having gluten-free cooking segments on the air! Yeah for them. (They even asked me to come back in August!)

Everyone at the show was super friendly and I had a great time (did not, by the way, burn the studio down – whew!).

Carol Kicinski Daytime TV

Today is also my 100th blog post – so I feel this is even more cause for celebration.

The food I most often turn to is Mexican so I decided to make some Sopes to celebrate the day. But honestly I am lazy and all that rolling, pinching and frying just seemed like too much work. So I made the dough, rolled it up into little balls, put the balls in mini muffin pans (yep,those again. Love them!) and baked them in the oven.

And just when you thought I couldn’t add any more to this post I have also decided to finally get up the courage and submit a photo to CLICK a monthly online photo contest hosted by Jai and Bee at the fab blog Jugalbandi – this month’s theme is stacks. So I stacked up the Sopes before I gobbled them up.

Gluten Free Baked Sopes

Gluten Free Oven Baked Sopes Recipe

Ingredients

Oven Baked Sopes

3 cups masa harina (finely ground corn flour made from dried corn – in the ethnic section of the grocery store)

3 cups hot water

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg, slightly beaten

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 ½ cups finely grated Monterey Jack cheese

Black Bean Salsa

1 large ripe tomato – seeded and finely diced

½ – 1 jalapeno – finely minced

¼ large white onion (about 1/3 cup) white or red onion – finely diced

½ cup canned black beans – rinsed and dried

Juice of 1 lime

1 handful cilantro leave – finely minced

Directions

Oven Baked Sopes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease 1 – 24 muffin or 2 – 12 muffin mini muffin pans with gluten-free baking spray or oil.

In a large bowl whisk together the masa harina, baking powder and salt. Stir in the hot water until it comes together as loose dough. Let stand 5 minutes and then stir in the egg and oil. It will be a bit crumbly but will be dough-like if you push it together.

Take a very scant ¼ cup of the dough (loosely scooped but not packed in a ¼ cup measuring scoop) and roll into a ball and drop in the muffin tins. Repeat until you have all 24 of the muffin tins filled. Using your fingers or the end of a handle-free rolling pin press the dough balls into the muffin tins forming big indentations in the dough. The more you press the better as the sopes will be thinner.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until the dough looks dry. Sprinkle in about 2 teaspoons of shredded cheese to each indentation and return to oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Let cool in muffin pans about 5 – 10 minutes before removing with a knife or small off-set spatula.

Serve hot with Black Bean Salsa.

Black Bean Salsa

Mix all ingredients together and scoop salsa into the sopes.

Servings

Makes 24 gluten free sopes.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan @ SGCC June 12, 2009 at 8:13 am

Congrats, Carol! You're in the big leagues now! I'll be watching on the 22nd for sure.

I just hope you'll still talk to me when you're rich & famous! ;)

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H.Peter June 12, 2009 at 9:07 am

Can't wait to see you on TV.

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gfe--gluten free easily June 12, 2009 at 10:25 am

You look pretty darn terrific, Carol! So glad all went well and thanks again for helping spread awareness!!

This recipe looks awesome. Your photos are phenomenal. I want some of those for lunch!

Last, warmest congrats on your 100th post!! So much excitement and reason for celebation!

Shirley

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Peter G June 12, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Oh! How very exciting Carol! I look forward to catching that segment soon. And congratulations on your 100th post…a great recipe too!

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Bren June 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

yay for u! it was great, wasn't it!!!
i hope you get back on!

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Helene June 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Congratulations this is really exciting.

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anudivya June 13, 2009 at 8:38 am

Congratulations!!! My my, I can't wait to see the filmed segment. Good luck with everything.
:)

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Jennifer June 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I was so taken by the first paragraph,I mean, I was there with you an then screechhh, you had to fess up. damn

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Chow and Chatter June 14, 2009 at 6:56 pm

wow thats awesome, its great to make it fun and tasty for celiacs, i am so happy to tell patients about this in future, keep up the good work

Rebecca

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Comfy Tummy June 15, 2009 at 7:10 am

Congrats on the TV segment! :)

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Toni June 15, 2009 at 8:05 am

YEEEEEEHAAAAAA!!!!! Congratulations, Carol!! And yes, it's about time that we move forward towards an awareness of a condition which affects so many people. Your blog is a great resource for celiacs – great recipes, tasty food, beautiful photos.

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Emilia June 15, 2009 at 8:58 am

Congratulations Carol! You looked great and spreading awareness about a gluten-free diet is always a positive thing.

I also totally agree with you about "changing the face of gluten intolerance" :)

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Daily Spud June 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Way to go Carol! Good for you and for celiacs everywhere. When are you syndicating in Europe? :)

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Cynthia June 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Congratulations all around! Much more success is wished for you.

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plumpestpeach June 18, 2009 at 7:32 am

Holy crap Carol! Congrats, this is fantastic and totally exciting. Great recipe and beautiful stack shot. Cheers, Jess

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RecipeGirl June 18, 2009 at 8:25 am

Congrats all around! Fabulous news on the TV spots. Nice to be able to get the word out about Gluten Free cooking too :)

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Diane-The Whole Gang June 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Cool beans! Hope you had a great time filming. I can't wait to see it. I love Mexican and sopes. Love the idea of the muffin pan. You're amazing. Trying these soon! I need a break from the pupusas!

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silvanausa June 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm

congratulations , carol this is very nice,i Can't wait to see you on tv. on 22

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Amy Green June 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Congrats! What a great service to the gluten-free community! And, wow, the 100th post…thanks for all you've done to help bring awareness to our way of life.

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Naomi Devlin June 23, 2009 at 5:12 am

Congratulations carol, you look as sensational as your food. x x x

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