It is pretty easy to be gluten free in the Keys. Almost everything we eat here is swimming moments before we throw it on the grill and we quickly pair it with rice or veggies to complete the meal. I was a bit worried about this current trip, as I have only been gluten free for about three months and the grocery stores down here are notorious for their small (and sometimes questionable) food selection.
But guess what I found at Winn Dixie? Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread. I did a tropical shimmy down the aisle, thrilled I would not have to forgo bread all break.
One of my father-in-law’s claims to fame is his ability to smoke food. He experiments with various methods to create wonderful smoked salmon and cheeses. Both delicacies awaited us when we stepped foot in the house.
The Keys are a place where “dressing up” means you put on your good flip flops and a clean t-shirt – and food is treated the same way. There is no need to dress up food here – who needs fancy food when you have the sun and the sea in every direction you look?
I made an open-faced smoked salmon sandwich by toasting a few slices of Udi’s whole grain bread, spreading on some Philadelphia Cream Cheese, and layering some of my father-in-law’s maple-syrup-soaked, smoked salmon on top. You could reproduce this sandwich with your own grocery store or deli-bought smoked salmon for a quick, gluten-free breakfast or lunch.