Monday, September 22, 2008

Gluten-Free and South Beach Diet Friendly Baked Brown Rice Tortilla Chips Recipe

Brown Rice Tortilla ChipsSome of you may not have been paying attention, but earlier this year the FDA added brown rice to the list of foods that can be called "whole grains." I'm guessing that many people already considered brown rice to be a while grain, and I think there was never any doubt it was a healthy food, but until May 6, 2008, rules about fiber kept it from achieving whole grain status. Whew, thanks goodness that got cleared up. just about the time the brilliant Karina gave me the idea to make chips with brown rice tortillas.

Those of you who don't care about the South Beach Diet may want to just click off to the next blog now, but for anyone who's eating low-glycemic foods and doesn't want to indulge in corn chips, this is something to pay attention to! These brown rice tortilla chips are fantastic. They're also gluten-free, which is what gave Karina the idea of making them. Her fried brown rice tortilla chips look great, but I've got that fear of frying thing going on, so I thought I'd try my luck at baking them. Success! Now when you need some crunch in your life, you can make these chips.


Bad photography! I actually stacked up the brown rice tortillas and cut them into eights, but the photo doesn't show that very well. You can make the chips as big or small as you'd like.

Spread out chips on a flat cookie sheet and mist or brown with olive oil, then turn and mist or brush the other side. I used a nonstick pan. If you use a regular pan, you might want to spray the pan too.

Preheat oven to 400F. Cook chips about 5-6 minutes on the first side and then turn and cook a few minutes more on the second side. They go from nicely brown to way too dark pretty quickly, so pay attention while you're cooking them.


Gluten-Free and South Beach Diet Friendly Brown Rice Tortilla Chips
(Six tortillas make about 48 tortilla chips. Recipe adapted from Karina's Kitchen.)

Ingredients:
6 brown rice tortillas, cut in to eighths to make triangles (I used Food For Life Brown Rice Tortillas from Whole Foods)
olive oil, for misting or brushing on tortillas
finely ground sea salt or salt (I used a sea salt grinder, which worked well)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400F. (I used my Oster Toaster Oven, which mean I had to bake them in two batches, but they cooked really quickly.)

Cut tortillas into eight triangular pieces. Arrange pieces in single layer on cookie sheet. (If you're not using a non-stick cookie sheet, spray it with non-stick spray or olive oil.) Arrange tortillas in a single layer on cookie sheet and spray or brush with olive oil on both sides. (I used an olive oil mister, which gave a very light coating of olive oil.)

Bake 5-6 minutes on the first side, until starting to brown, then turn and bake a few minutes on the other side. (Watch carefully, they get overly done very quickly.) When done, sprinkle chips with salt and serve.

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South Beach Suggestions:
These chips would be suitable for phase two or three of the South Beach Diet. I ate the chips with Cilantro Salsa Dip the first time I made them and with Lime and Avocado Salsa the second time. They are very crisp and break a little more easier than regular corn chips, so plan on serving them with something that's not too thick.

More Ideas with Brown Rice Tortilla Chips:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Fried Brown Rice Tortilla Chips from Karina's Kitchen
Parmesan Crisps with Roasted Tomato Salsa from Karina's Kitchen
Brown Rice Pita Chips from Book of Yumcounter customizable free hit

19 comments:

Cline said...

Hope i will make it very soon.

Julia said...

Seems like a fun alternative! I eat those tortillas all the time (i'm gluten free), but i never thought to make chips. Trader Joes sells a version of them too.

Paula said...

We've been purchasing the Brown Rice chips premade for my gluten free child ... it's never occurred to me to make them! This is great! Thanks!

Kalyn said...

Paula, don't know if you'll see this, but if you do tell us the brand for the premade chips and where you buy them. I'll check at Whole Foods too, haven't seen those.

Maria said...

We love tortilla chips and salsa. Thanks for the healhty version!

seamaiden said...

This is great! I'm not a fan of those tortillas but this is a fun way to deal with them.

I thought you might enjoy a similar recipe that I came up with last year..

http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/a-quick-bite-brown-rice-pita-chips-328.html

I haven't made them since, so I'm glad you reminded me.

Gosh, with all these gluten-free recipes, it would be awesome if you had a gluten-free tag in your list... *hint hint* hee hee.

Thanks for the fun gluten-free post!

-Sea

Kalyn said...

Seamaiden, I already had that recipe linked in the post. You must not have made it that far, but I try to include some links to similar recipes after the recipe in all my posts.

Since I maintain my recipe archives by hand and at least 75% of my recipes are gluten free, I haven't wanted to add that as a category. I do try to mention it though when I'm posting a recipe that might normally contain gluten and it doesn't.

cookiecrumb said...

I do this with corn tortillas. Not as hot a temp; hate it when they burn.
Great!!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

these look fantastic - i can imagine having them with a full range of mediterranean dips (tzatziki, eggplant, taramosalata)

Anonymous said...

What a great idea, I don't think they sell brown rice tortilla across the pond.
Anne
ps I'm an old school friend of Christine Cooks

Lisa said...

I wish I had some of these right this minute to go along with some chunky salsa!

Aggie said...

I need to find those tortillas! These look great, I love baked pita chips!

Paula said...

Hi Kalyn, The rice chips I purchase for my daughter are sold under the brand Lundberg. I buy the plain sea salt ones. Their website is www.lundberg.com.

Kalyn said...

Paula, thanks. Will look for them at Whole Foods.

Karina Allrich said...

Hola! Those brown rice chips look way too good. I'm so happy to know that they bake up as well as they pan-fry. Thanks for the gluten-free shout-out!

I was thinking it would be fun to add some spices the next time I make a batch.

Muchas gracias, Kalyn! xox

bee said...

we don't have TJ's, but we make these with corn tortillas. maybe i should roll out my own brown rice tortillas.

Kalyn said...

Karina, spices would be fun! Love the chips, thanks for the inspiration.

Bee, Utah doesn't have TJ's either (moment of mourning) but I can find the tortillas at Whole Foods.

Nate-n-Annie said...

Smart thing to do - baking them instead of frying them. I'd sprinkle on a little adobo spice rub for a little extra kick.

Kalyn said...

I think there are a lot of seasonings that would be great on these. Adobo Spice Rub sounds great.

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