Trader Joe’s Knows Its Rolls

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Femme de Joie loves her a good sandwich, the drippier and messier the better. French dip with red onions and pepper Jack cheese, meatball with sauce, gooey chicken salad, Po’ Boy with olive salad, even that 70s standby of avocado-tomato-sprouts-cheese… bring it on. But it seems to be well-nigh next to impossible to find a decent sandwich roll: nonsweet bread that has some taste and texture, a decent crunch, and doesn’t squash down into a wet cotton ball toward the last bites. Sub and sandwich shops don’t seem to offer much beyond the standard soft white-sourdough-or-wheat choices other than maybe Dutch crunch; an ordinary salami-ham-and-Swiss-cheese hero sandwich could be wonderful if served on good bread.

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Finally, M. de Joie has found Trader Joe’s Ciabatta rolls – now these are sandwich rolls. Instead of bread just being the pasty casings to hold the guts of a sandwich together, these rolls are chewy and substantial. Make a sandwich of juicy chopped tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil, throw on some fresh mozzarella, pile it on a sliced ciabatta roll – you’ll never notice that this is a vegetarian sandwich. These rolls are that hefty and flavorful. Sliced in half, spread with garlic butter and toasted, they make a fabulous accompaniment to pasta.

Trader Joe’s Ciabatta Rolls, $3.29 for 24 ounces (about six rolls).

Femme de Joie’s first culinary masterpiece was at age 4, when she made the perfect fried bologna sandwich on white bread. Since then she has dined on horse Bourguignon in France, stir-fried eel in London, and mystery meat in her college cafeteria, but firmly draws the line at eating rattlesnake, peppermint and Hamburger Helper. She lives in Shasta County at her country estate, Butterscotch Acres West. She is nearly always hungry. Visit MenuPlease for more.

Femme de Joie
Femme de Joie's first culinary masterpiece was at age 4, when she made the perfect fried bologna sandwich on white bread. Since then she has dined on horse Bourguignon in France, stir-fried eel in London, and mystery meat in her college cafeteria, but firmly draws the line at eating rattlesnake, peppermint and Hamburger Helper. She lives in Shasta County at her country estate, Butterscotch Acres West. She is nearly always hungry. Visit MenuPlease for more or send her an email at femmedejoiefood@yahoo.com.
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7 Responses

  1. Avatar EasternShastaCounty says:

    Both Raley's and Costco stock ciabatta rolls, too. They are sturdy enough to stand up to a hamburger. I doubt we'll ever again use anything other than a ciabatta roll on barbequed hamburger day.

  2. Avatar Matt Grigsby says:

    I have yet to taste a single bread product from Trader Joe's that I didn't love. I didn't know they made cibatta rolls, but now that I do I'm picking some up for a little sandwich joy.

  3. Avatar Adrienne jacoby says:

    Ahhhh . . . the cibatta, paired with fresh mozzarella d'buffala (sp??). One gets so spoiled when one's son is living in Naples and one is FORCED to go visit grandchildren. . . . sigh and flip of the hair!!!
    Trader Joe's . . . . now there's a sign we really are growing up. I'm on my way right now. Hope they have some good mozzerella and fresh basil. Yum!!
    . . . and thanx for the tip!!

  4. Avatar pmarshall says:

    Oh, that sandwich sounds sooo good. Love Trader Joe's. However, I'm supposed to lose weight. Hardly any calories in those rolls?

    • Femme de Joie Femme de Joie says:

      Dear pmarshall,

      Anything eaten while standing up has no calories. Also anything eaten while wearing open-toed shoes (the calories go out the toes). And tastes don't count.

      Cordially,

      Femme de Joie

  5. Avatar Karen C says:

    Thanks for the write up on this. I saw those at TJ's the other day, they looked great. Now I will go pick them up.

  6. Avatar Jan says:

    The brioche buns at TJ's are killer for hamburgers. They stopped carrying them here in Redding, but I was told if I wanted some they would get them for me. Will try the cibatta bread now. Thanks for the tip.