Bread Stuffing

Bread Stuffing | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

I finally did it.  After eleven years of being gluten free, I finally made a gluten-free bread stuffing.  The reason it took so long is that I didn’t miss it.  It was never a big part of our Thanksgiving meal, and when we did have it, it was the store bought stove top kind.

The past couple of years I have used Shirley’s tortilla chip stuffing recipe.  I guess that put me back in the mood for stuffing.  It’s a really easy recipe and tastes pretty good, but it’s not quite the same as a bread stuffing.  It’s probably more similar to a corn bread stuffing in flavor since tortilla chips are made from corn.

So this year I was determined to try my hand at making gluten-free bread stuffing from scratch, and I made it just in time to enter this recipe as my submission for November’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free.  This month it is being hosted by Brittany of Real Sustenance and her theme is Thanksgiving.  She’ll be posting her round up Saturday so be sure to check it out and get some great ideas for next week.  On Saturday I will also be posting a round up of a few of my recipes that you might enjoy for Thanksgiving.

Obviously, I’m no stuffing expert, but this turned out very good.  My picky eater said it was the best stuffing he’s ever had.  One of my other kids wanted to know why we only have stuffing at Thanksgiving.  He’d be happy to have this stuffing more often.

I chose to use poultry seasoning because I like to take some shortcuts where I can, and because it has such a classic stuffing flavor.  I can put poultry seasoning on anything and my husband says, “It tastes like stuffing.”  Personally, I think it should be called stuffing seasoning.  If you prefer, you can use individual herbs, but I don’t have any amounts to give you.  If you do use poultry seasoning, be sure to read the label since it is a combination of things and make sure there’s nothing off limits in it.  There shouldn’t be, but make sure.

Bread Stuffing | The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Bread Stuffing
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 1 recipe gluten-free French bread (two loaves), cooled and cubed (about 12 cups)
  • 1½ cups chopped onion (about 1 large)
  • 1 cup chopped celery with leaves (about 3 med. stalks)
  • ½ cup butter or margarine (I used ¼ c. clarified butter + ¼ c. Earth Balance soy free margarine)
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Dry out the bread cubes somewhat by placing them in a large rectangular baking dish or jelly roll pan. Put them in the oven for about 15 minutes while preparing the rest of the stuffing ingredients.
  3. Sauté the onion and celery in the butter until soft.
  4. Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and combine with all the ingredients, gently tossing to coat well.
  5. Butter the baking pan or dish that you were using for the bread crumbs. Add the stuffing and bake for 30 minutes.
Notes
I baked the bread the same day and let it cool about an hour before cutting. Even after drying the cubes in the oven a little, the bread is still fairly moist. You could bake the bread a day ahead and dry it out more, but additional chicken broth would be required.

 




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Comments

  1. Thanks for posting this! I am brand new at this, and Im searching for great holiday recipes!

  2. ahhh what I’ve been looking for all my gluten free life. Stuffing was always my favorite part of thanksgiving. I would’ve been happy to skip on the turkey and other stuff just for the stuffing. I remember the days before there was gluten free bread in the stores and I tried to make wild rice stuffing and other weird concoctions that were never the same. So excited to make this!

  3. May I ask where you’ve been able to find the soy free butter/margarine? I’ve had no luck other than a squirting one. Also, what is “clarified” butter?

    • Earth Balance sells a soy and dairy free tub margarine which I find at the health food store. Most regular margarines contain some milk. Clarified butter is has the protein removed and is just the butter fat. I use it some since casein is actually the problem for me. I plan to blog about how to make clarified butter sometime. :)

    • I found Earth Balance, both tubs and sticks, at Super Walmart.

  4. Sherry FitzGerald says:

    Wow, you’re website is a gold mine of information. I don’t yet have Celiac disease but am a high risk and my doctor advised that I start to go gluten free. You give me hope of delicious food. I’m trying your chicken parm tonight. I am sure it will be yummy! Thanks so much for your website!! Sherry

  5. Chip Engler says:

    First, thank-you Linda for all of the info; my girlfried has celiac and we were on our second date when she said “…and I can’t have pizza.”. I love to cook, and I was astonished, is this no longer America I wondered? I took on the challenge and made hearth baked GF pizzas in my grill that she just loved, and I am enjoying learning more. She has not had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in years, so I’m working hard again to get her what we all deserve. I have seen several GF bread stuffings but none direct the stuffing to be baked in the bird. Can GF bread stand up to cooking in the bird or does it need to be done in a casserole dish? Thanks, and have a wonderful holiday!

    • Hi Chip. I think it’s great that you’re doing this for your girlfriend. I’m sure she’ll appreciate it. Honestly, I don’t have much experience with cooking stuffing in the turkey. Gluten-free bread is more fragile, but I think it should work. Good luck!

  6. Suzi Blomgren says:

    Our son is gluten intolerant so I’m loving these recipes for the holidays. I try hard to spoil him a bit so he doesn’t miss out these recipe really helped. Thank you!!!

  7. This looks great! I’ve included it in my list of gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes over on my blog. Thanks for sharing! http://parisinutrition.com/food-for-thought/a-gluten-free-thanksgiving/

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