Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and if you celebrate this food oriented holiday, then you are thinking about what gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes you can prepare. It’s important to be able to enjoy the day, including plenty of good, safe, gluten-free food.
Sure, the day is about spending time with loved ones and being thankful for all that we have, but nobody likes to feel left out when it comes to the food. Thankfully, there are plenty of gluten-free options.
Turkey, Stuffing, and Gravy
Cooking a gluten-free turkey is easy to do. Select a plain fresh turkey. Most are gluten free. Read the label and check with the manufacturer if you’re not sure. If it includes a seasoning packet or gravy packet, that is less likely to be gluten-free and definitely needs to be scrutinized.
If using an oven bag to cook the turkey, be sure that you (or whoever is cooking it) do not put wheat flour inside. Use any kind of gluten-free flour including corn starch. It’s easy for non gluten-free cooks to overlook that little bit of flour, so let them know it’s important and easy to remedy.
You can also easily cook a turkey breast in your slow cooker to save oven space. The results are moist and delicious too!
Do not stuff the turkey unless you are using gluten-free stuffing. Regular stuffing is not gluten free, and since it’s going right inside the bird, it will cause cross contamination. You can purchase gluten-free stuffing. I saw some at ALDI last week. Or you can make some yourself. My stuffing recipe uses homemade gluten-free French bread, but you could use any gluten-free bread.
If gravy is important to you, corn starch can be used for that too, though sweet rice flour is my favorite option. And if you are grain free, remember that arrowroot starch or cassava flour is a good substitute as a thickener.
Thanksgiving is not just about the turkey! These side dish recipes would be a great addition to a holiday meal. Most of them are dairy free and many are grain free.
Remember that traditional green bean casserole is not gluten free. It can be made gluten free if you use gluten-free soup and fried onion rings (ALDI now has gluten-free onion rings available).
Sweet Potato Casserole (a sugary version topped with marshmallows)
Gold Potato Casserole (lots of dairy in this one)
There are plenty of gluten-free dessert options for ending your holiday meal with a delicious treat. Here are a few pumpkin desserts and a sweet potato dessert, but if you’re looking for something different, take a look at my dessert archives.
Pumpkin Poke Cake (paleo)
Pumpkin Roll (great for making ahead)