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Date added: 11/15/2016 Have a Happy (Gluten-Free) Thanksgiving!
What’s Thanksgiving without delicious food, right? For those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, Thanksgivingcan be a nightmare. You have the choice to either 1) not eat any of the food, 2) eat all of the food and suffer the consequences, or 3) try to eat around gluten-filled entrees. This is no way to celebrate a holiday dedicated to family and good food, so we’ve created your go-to list for some of the best gluten-free dishes and tips to help you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
You may think you’re safe with this one, but gluten-free folks need to be careful with the turkey they are eating. If you purchase a pre-seasoned or pre-stuffed turkey, there is likely gluten involved. In addition, the gravy packets that come along with your bird may contain gluten as well. To be safe, it is smart to purchase a natural turkey and season and stuff it yourself with all gluten-free ingredients. However, if you are planning to purchase your turkey already pre-seasoned and ready to go, here are a few solutions for you:
Butterball: All of Butterball’s unstuffed turkeys (fresh and frozen raw) are gluten-free.
Even their gravy packets are ensured free of gluten. Check out their website for more details.
Perdue: Perdue’s turkeys, as well as a variety of other products, are gluten-free. Check out the full list here.
Honeysucke White: This is another brand which offers gluten-free turkeys.
Take a look at their website to see all that goes into their products.
Again, always remember to check labels before you purchase.
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Mashed potatoes are a staple at any Thanksgiving dinner, so luckily potatoes are naturally free of gluten. However, the gravy is where gluten can sneak in. As already mentioned, Butterball turkeys come with a gluten-free gravy packet, so you won’t need to worry about gluten if you choose Butterball. Although, if you like to make your own gravy, there are still some options for you. Instead of using regular flour to make your gravy, here are a few substitutes to try:
- Cornstarch: This one is easy because you may already have this ingredient in your pantry. Once you deglaze your roasting pan and add stock, transfer about 1 cup of this mixture into a separate bowl. Whisk in the cornstarch until it’s smooth (about 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch for every cup of gravy base). Return this mixture back to the roasting pan and whisk over a medium/low heat until it is thickened.
- Gluten-free flour: This may be your best-tasting option when making your own gluten-free gravy. There are many options out there for gluten-free flour, so make sure to check out reviews when purchasing a specific brand. Bonappetit.com recommends using King Arthur Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour because it doesn’t gum up like many other brands. Use a 1:1 ratio of flour to butter when making your gravy, then add this mixture to your stock and pan drippings and you’re good to go!
Oh, stuffing. It tastes so good, but it’s one food which is FULL of gluten. This year, we want you to be able to eat as much stuffing as you want. Luckily, you’ve got a few options. You can either make your own gluten-free stuffing with the variety of recipes out there, or you can purchase a boxed mix. If you choose the first route, we’ve got a great recipe for you to try:
- 6 cups gluten-free bread cubes or 1 package Gluten Free Bakehouse stuffing cubes, already toasted
- 2 shallots, minced
- 2 yellow onions, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons dried sage
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup gluten-free chicken broth
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Canola spray oil
- Preheat the oven to 300°F.Spread bread on a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake, stirring occassionally, until dried and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool. Increase the oven temperature to 325°F. (If using premade stuffing cubes, skip this step.)
- Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots, onions, celery and carrots and cook, stirring frequently, until soft and golden brown. Add sage, thyme, salt and pepper and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add wine and continue to cook over medium heat until liquid is reduced by half.
- Lightly coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with spray oil. In a large bowl, combine vegetable mixture with bread cubes, chicken broth and parsley. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and bake until hot throughout and golden brown, about 30 minutes.
Sweet potatoes are another great Thanksgiving vegetable which are naturally gluten free. Whether they are smothered in sweet glazes or topped with marshmallows, you can’t pass up on sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving. And as long as you know what’s in the recipe, you won’t have to. There are tons of recipes out there involving sweet potatoes, so why not try something new this year! Here’s an easy candied sweet potato recipes to try out:
- 1 pound (2 medium) sweet potatoes
- Boiling water
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 c orange juice
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Peel and slice potatoes. Place them in a large skillet cover with boiling water.
- Cover and cook for 10 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Drain.
- Sauce: In a small bowl, combine the orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar, butter, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Pour over the drained potatoes.
- Bring to a boil and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until potatoes are glazed, spooning the sauce over them occasionally.
Finally, what is Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? If you’re gluten-intolerant, you probably know the feeling of not being able to enjoy pie when you know the crust is not gluten free and, instead, have to opt for one of the less-tasty dessert options. Well, not this year! Try this super easy crustless pumpkin pie:
- 1 (15 ounce) can 100% pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Prepare pie pan by lightly buttering.
- Combine sugar, salt, and pie spices in a small bowl.
- Beat eggs lightly in large bowl.
- Stir in pumpkin and sugar/spice mix.
- Slowly stir in evaporated milk blending well.
- Stir in gluten free flour
- Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes. When knife inserted near center comes out clean it is done. Cool on rack for 2 hours and serve. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
If you’re not much of a pie person, there are tons of other options for tasty gluten-free desserts. Try some of our gluten-free fudge brownies or gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Don’t worry about the fuss of baking them yourself, and simply place an order online! We know you and the whole family will love them this holiday.
Also, don’t be afraid to try new things this Thanksgiving. Create a new side dish to share with your family that is naturally gluten free, such as roasted Brussels sprouts or creamy baked leeks. Check out even more ideas here!
From all of us at OMG, we wish you a Happy (and gluten-free) Thanksgiving this year!