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Real Food, Real Fast: Cassava Empanadas And Cheese Rolls

By Melissa McEwen in Food on Apr 8, 2015 3:30PM

Spinach-mushroom empanada with feta, roasted garlic (from the Cassava website)

Cassava, not surprisingly, specializes in foods made from the cassava root, a plant that many cultures around the world rely on for sustenance. They serve them in their comfortable cafe in Lakeview, but you might not be aware you can also get them frozen, to-go or delivered. These are great products to have on hand, especially if you are gluten-free.

They have a variety of items made with the springy cassava dough. Probably the most popular are the cassava rolls, variations of the famous Brazilian cheese ball snack Pao De Queijo. Besides the standard cheese rolls, they have them in jalapeƱo cheddar, bacon, chocolate and sun-dried tomato & basil. If you squish them a little, they also make nice gluten-free burger buns.

Grass-fed beef, BBQ sauce and basil in cassava roll bun (photo by Melissa McEwen)

For a heftier meal they have empanadas with a variety of fillings like steak and vegetables, pulled pork or grass-fed beef and cheddar. But my favorite are the breakfast ones, which are bacon and egg melted together with gooey cheese or a cinnamon apple one that's turnover-like and goes great with your morning coffee.

Best part: they all take 25 minutes to cook from frozen.

Order online from their website or Artizone.

Real Food, Real Fast highlights local products that that contain the same ingredients your would use when cooking real food from scratch, but save you some time for those hectic nights when you're hungry.