TJ’s Tuscan Pane bread


RAVE:

You will see this bread on many a “Trader Joe’s Top 10” and “best products” lists, and rightly so. I think its one of the best products they sell, by far the best packaged bread I’ve had, period. Its a very good, country style bread. Pretty sure this is a slow rise sourdough; its usually full of air holes. Its has a very nice chewy texture and a good crust, of course which is better heated. In fact it gets 10x better toasted or grilled. Tuscan Pane makes unbelievably good toast, and many a morning this bread toasted is what I crave at breakfast. Top the toast with butter, jam, cream cheese, cheese, veggies or just about anything and you have a little slice of toast heaven. One of my faves would be with cream cheese and tomato. Or brie with jam, warmed till the brie is a bit melty.

A large 27 oz. loaf of Tuscan Pane original “white” was until recently $2.29. It has gone up to $2.49 (All wheat products are up) The Whole Wheat version goes for $2.69. Flavorwise I think I prefer the original “white” one to the whole wheat one but the whole wheat is still good too if you prefer that. I usually always prefer to buy whole wheat breads, but this one, not really. Since first trying this, this is yet another TJ product I’ve been become totally hooked on. I must have Tuscan Pane on hand at all times now. I keep it in the freezer; it keeps well frozen at least a week or two.

This bread can be the base of many easy sandwich, snacks and other recipes (croutons? yes!) I make quick and easy Bruschettas using this all the time. Here’s a fast, simple recipe:

BRUSCHETTA

-TJ’s Tuscan Pane

-Fresh garlic, ripe tomato, olive oil

Grill or toast a few slices of bread. When golden brown, immediately rub a cut clove of garlic on the bread. Take a slice of ripe tomato and ’smush’ it into your toast. If you want to be neat, you can dice your tomato and top it (but rubbed in is authentic Italian or Basque Pa Amb Tomaquet style) Drizzle on a nice splash of olive oil, sprinkle with some fresh black pepper and sea salt. A little herbage (basil) on top can’t hurt, but if you don’t have, thats fine.  If you want something heartier, add some sliced or grated parmesan or other cheese or perhaps some prosciutto. Done. YUM!

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Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo


This is my very first post and review on this new site! Lets make it a:

RAVE

Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo:

Great product! Even though I’m not a vegetarian, I tried this product as it looked interesting and sounded intriguing with these two words: Soy Chorizo? Whats that??

All I can say is I was really impressed by this vegetarian soy product. It tastes like, well, chorizo!  And by chorizo lets state for the record this is the “mexican style” chorizo (crumbly kind) and not the “spanish chorizo” kind that is firmer and more like a sausage which you can slice.

This stuff is really tasty and flavorful. Its is loaded with the correct spices, especially cumin and anatto plus its quite nicely spicy. All of which really makes it taste “real” to me. I’ve used it in so many ways, and you can come up with more easily…. Use it crumbled on top of eggs (delicious), used it as a taco filling mixed with potatoes, onions and other veggies; added it to pan fried hash browns; added to lentil stew or soup; even put it on top of pizza instead of sausage! Its good in many things, and a little bit goes a long way to flavor other ingredients. You can even make a un-vegetarian taco filling with half beef and half this stuff sauteed up together.

Its is so tasty I don’t even notice or care if its real or “fake meat”, so its a product that is good for both vegetarians and omnivores, and the occasional vegetarian like yours truly. Whats not to like? A 12 oz package is $1.99, and I find 12 oz of this really goes pretty far. Its a popular item. If you Google ‘Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo’, you will find tons of fans and recipes for it. If you haven’t tried it yet, this is highly recommended product to try.

One tip though. This stuff is VERY messy to work with once you open the package, so be sure to carefully cut open the plastic casing it comes in. When stored I’ve found the dark red anatto colored oil in it has a tendancy to “leak” so be sure to rewrap it carefully, as it stains! I always put another plastic bag around it, or spoon the leftovers into a glass jar. I find it can keep a fairly long time in the fridge, a week or two easily.

Here is a recipe for Stuffed Mushrooms that sounds good from the Cooking with Trader Joe’s blog. I have to try this, it sounds yummy and easy.

OK Readers: What do you think of TJ Soy Chorizo? What do you use it for? If you have any ways you like to use it or recipes, please leave them here in the Comments.

UPDATE: Price I saw recently was increased to $2.29 now (Spring 2018)

 

RECIPE – QUESADILLAS

Ingredients:

Soy Chorizo

Tortillas (Wheat/Corn or Corn)

Monterey Jack Cheese with Peppers

Baby Wild Arugula

Chopped tomatoes – or salsa

Put a little oil in a pan large enough to hold 2 tortillas; put down some Soy Chorizo on top of tortillas; top this with grated cheese; top this with some arugula and tomatoes or salsa. Cook until pliable and fold the tortillas over into half moons. Cook until bottom side is a little crispy and cheese is melted; press down gently. Top with a little salsa or hot sauce or Sriracha (optional) and more fresh arugula, or cilantro

Eat and enjoy!

 

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