Gluten-Free Thanksgiving 101

by | Nov 13, 2011 | Recipes

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I want to reassure everyone that cooking a gluten-free Thanksgiving feast is not only possible, but it can be delicious too!

I will post several recipes for simple, great dishes where no one will miss the gluten.

Last year was my second time hosting a Thanksgiving ever, and the first time I have ever hosted a Thanksgiving after going gluten-free.  The task was daunting, but it really was pretty easy, and my family liked many on my gluten-free dishes over the traditional.

Here are the basics:

  1. DON’T STUFF the turkey!  Food experts are telling people not to put stuffing in the turkey for food safety reasons, so this is a great and simple way to ensure everyone can eat the turkey without getting sick.  Instead of stuffing the turkey, I placed onions, carrots, thyme and butter in the turkey cavity.  It gave the turkey great flavor and made sure it did not dry out.
  2. Use cornstarch or rice flour when making the gravy.  It does not change the taste!  The flavor comes from the spices and drippings you use.  If you do not stuff the turkey, then you can use the turkey drippings to make the gravy.
  3. If you are having Thanksgiving with people that think all gluten-free food is horrible (not that they ever tried it), try something different on the table instead of substituting.  I made gluten-free jalapeño/cheddar stuffing in addition to regular stuffing.  The skeptics now prefer my stuffing and insisted I make it again for Christmas.

Good luck!  It is the beginning of the holiday season, which will surely be filled with many gluten filled treats.  I promise to give you great alternatives that will make everyone want your recipe.

Wishing you great food and happy tummies,


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