Here it is—the double whammy turkey dinner season! The holidays are upon us and nothing beats a great turkey dinner, complete with stuffing and gravy. There are hundreds of magazine spreads with beautiful recipes for every course—each one more delicious than the last.
Sure, those recipes look delicious and are perfect for entertaining, but what you can’t seem to find are recipes for gluten-free alternatives.
The holidays can be tough for those with gluten allergies. Gluten-free holiday dinners are in short supply, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to indulge & celebrate with others.
That’s why, I’m sharing my tried and true recipes for gluten-free stuffing and gravy!
Below are my all-time favourite recipes that our family can no longer live without during the holidays. We found that the standard recipe tasted flat, so we created alternative tastes to compensate for regular bread.
Now, even our regular bread lovers ask for the gluten-free recipe. That’s a winner in my book!
Whether you are gluten-free yourself, or hosting a guest who is gluten-free this Thanksgiving, these 2 recipes are a must-add to your holiday dinner menu.
Now for the good stuff…
Recipe for Gluten-Free Stuffing
1 – Loaf of gluten-free bread. Your choice. I do find the best flavour comes from a seeded bread.
Slice bread and leave in a low oven to dry out overnight at room temperature. Slice and cube and put in large bowl. Sprinkle with 2 tsps. of sage and 2 tsps. of thyme and toss.
1 – Organic onion diced
1 – Cup of diced organic celery
½ – cup organic butter
1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
Melt butter on medium heat and add onion, celery and fresh herbs. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add to bread cubes and toss.
1 – Cup of feta or goat cheese in small pieces. Add to bread cubes and toss.
½ - cup organic red pepper, diced fine. Add to bread cubes and toss.
½ - cup of pecans or hazelnuts (raw). Add to bread cubes and toss.
½-1 – cup of organic chicken broth (or stock from turkey).
Gradually add to bread mixture and toss. Mixture should be quite moist as the gluten-free bread can be a bit dry.
Tasting is, of course, the fastest way to balance your flavour and texture. Once it reaches your approval, pop it in an oven set to 350 degrees and bake for 1 hour.
We usually put this in the oven when the turkey comes out, and then start the gravy...
Recipe for Gluten-Free Gravy
Gravy is the elixir to a turkey dinner! This recipe is so easy and foolproof you will want to eat turkey every week.
Pour juices from the cooked turkey into a 2-cup measuring jug. Skim off 1/4 cup fat from top and get rid of the excess.
Take 1/2 cup of stock or white wine and add 2 tbsps. of cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
Add the rest of stock to pan, and then add your cornstarch slurry to liquids, whisking as you go to create a smooth mixture.
Bring to a bubble and then simmer on low to thicken.
Makes about 2 cups of delicious, mouth-watering gravy!