If you need to cook a gluten free thanksgiving dinner fear not because we’ve got you covered. Below you will find everything you need to produce a glorious gluten free turkey dinner.
This is a collection of gluten free thanksgiving dinner recipes drawn from across the web. The idea is to give you a one-stop page to help you to find and take you straight to the recipes you need to make a healthy, tasty gluten free feast for you and your guests.
Gluten free thanksgiving appetizers
Not everyone serves starters or appetizers, but when they do, they normally involve bread, crispbreads or pastry. Loading these with tasty toppings is a quick and easy way for a host to cater for everyone’s tastes and keep them happy until dinner is ready.
Fortunately, lots of gluten free canapés and appetizers are easy to make and serve instead. Here are links to some of our favourites:
Stuffed celery filled with cream cheese – surprisingly tasty and easy
Honey and mustard gluten free chicken wings – serve with a stack of tissues
Sweet potato bites – a slice of roasted sweet potato is a great alternative to a cracker
Loaded potato skins – roasted potato skins are also a great gluten free cracker alternative
We would love to hear your suggestions for this section. There must be hundreds of ideas out there, so please share your favourites in the comments. No gluten free thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a few starters, so we need more ideas.
Gluten free thanksgiving turkey
The centre of the feast is still normally a roasted turkey. Now you would think that roast turkey would be completely gluten free, which if it was cooked as is, it would be.
However, many families add gluten to their bird without really thinking about it. For example, those birds sold in roasting bags will often have been dusted with all-purpose flour.
Not to mention the fact that many families still cook their turkey with some stuffing inside the bird despite the food safety warnings. Usually all of that gorgeous stuffing is gluten laden.
In addition, most people prepare the gravy alongside the turkey, perhaps making the juices part of the gravy or sauce. Often gluten finds its way into the meal because the homemade gravy is thickened with a flour and butter roux, or tinned gravy is used which often has gluten added to it when it is made.
If none of those are right for you, using a one of each of the gravy, turkey and stuffing recipes listed below may be a better approach.
Gluten free stuffing
A stuffing free thanksgiving would be just wrong; fortunately, there are many alternatives. This page is a great guide to all of the different kinds of gluten free alternatives you could serve with your roasted turkey.
Gluten free rice stuffings
A great alternative is rice stuffing. Here are some of the best recipes:
Traditional gluten free bread style stuffing
If you want a more traditional stuffing you still can have it. Here are two great recipes that tick all of the boxes:
Gluten free cornbread stuffing for thanksgiving
Another alternative is to buy one of the many gluten free packet stuffing that are becoming increasingly available.
Gluten free thanksgiving biscuits and muffins
Many families like to serve some form of bread, biscuit or muffin with their thanks giving dinner. For someone who cannot eat gluten passing these lovely dishes up really is not easy. Fortunately, there are plenty of gluten free alternatives:
Gluten free turkey gravy
It is hard to enjoy a meal without good gravy; these are our favourite gluten intolerant friendly gravy recipes:
The ultimate guide to gluten free gravy – this page shows you how to make gluten less gravy from any meat stock
Gluten free thanksgiving side dishes
We have given you alternatives for most of the traditional thanksgiving side dishes that contain gluten above, but you still need to watch out for gluten in other sides. For example, steamed vegetables can catch someone out if they come with a sauce that has been thickened with flour.
Another example is that many families serve mash from a packet. Often these packet mashes contain gluten. Mash made from fresh potatoes is gluten free, but it takes a lot of time to boil the potatoes and make mash in this way. Here are two fairly quick alternatives that can be quickly whipped up for a gluten intolerant guest:
Cauliflower mash – this only takes about 20 minutes to prepare
Often gluten is also hidden in the green bean casserole many families serve as a side dish. Here are a couple of gluten free alternatives:
Ok, so that is the starters and mains covered, now to the dessert – if you still have room.
Gluten free piecrust
For most families thanksgiving dinner is not complete without pumpkin pie, which means that you need a good piecrust recipe. Here are our favourites:
http://alittleinsanity.com/gluten-free-pie-crust-recipe/ – this recipe is both gluten and dairy free, so it is ideal for families with multiple allergies.
The piecrusts above are all great recipes and they can work with many traditional pumpkin-filling recipes, but you may find that the filling you traditionally use is too wet for a gluten free pastry. The lack of gluten in the crust tends to result in a slightly flakier pastry, if your filling is too wet you can end up with a soggy crust.
The recipes below avoid this potential issue because the filling used has been adapted to suit a gluten free crust:
Other Gluten Free Desserts
The above section was written mainly with the cook in mind. The rest of the page is to help someone with gluten intolerance who has been invited to be someone’s guest, so if you are a cook go and put the kettle on if you are gluten intolerant guest please read on.
Let your host know you are gluten intolerant in advance
If you are lucky enough to be invited to a thanksgiving dinner and are gluten intolerant, it is always wise to tell your host when you accept the invitation. Try to do it well in advance and tell your host not to worry. I explain I am intolerant not allergic, so they can rest easy because if I do eat something with gluten in it the worst that is going to happen is that I will get a stomach ache. Bear in mind that serving up a gluten free thanksgiving dinner will seem daunting to most people, so try to put them at ease.
Usually I offer to bring a few things with me, so that they do not have to worry too much about my dietary needs. Normally, just gravy and some gluten free stuffing and a nice dish for the whole table to enjoy.
This normally goes down well, and I try to offer to arrive early and give them a hand. It is a nice thing to do and it allows me to work out which dishes are gluten free. If I am in doubt, I tend to pass that dish along without having to have the embarrassing ‘I can’t eat that conversation’. That way I feel more relaxed and I think everyone else does too.
I have some great friends and relatives who have taken the time to learn what gluten intolerance is, but even they still occasionally get things wrong. Therefore, even with them I do my best to take responsibility myself and tactfully check exactly what is in each dish. If I cannot find out without causing offence I simply pass on that dish. There is so much to eat on the table, going without something to be safe really is not an issue for me.
Avoiding hidden gluten in thanksgiving dinner
Of course, things do not always go smoothly on the day. Sometimes confusion reigns. When that happens, I am not sure what is gluten free, and what is not, I just avoid those thanksgiving foods that I know often contain hidden gluten. Here are some examples:
Gravy made from a packet or can may contain gluten
Homemade gravy that has been thickened with flour
Most packet sauces contain gluten
Mashed potatoes made from a packet
The skin of a turkey when all purpose flour is used as part of the baste
Most pie crusts or crumbles that are made from traditional ingredients
Next year’s gluten free thanksgiving dinner
We plan to leave this post up on the site and add to it over time. If we have missed anything, please let us know in the comments. We would love to add to the bank of recipes on this page, so if you have any favorite gluten free recipes please let us know.
Also, when you use the recipes on this page please let us know how you go on. It is only with your help that we can make the gluten free thanksgiving 2016 page even better than this year’s.