November may be known for Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and pie, but for 3.1 million people in the U.S. who follow a gluten-free diet, the holiday season can be daunting. Well, for Gluten-Free Diet Awareness month, we’ve come up with a few ideas for an easier yet still authentic menu for a gluten-free Thanksgiving meal.
One of the most common (and delicious, in our opinion) Thanksgiving dishes is stuffing. The main ingredient in stuffing is bread, so if you’re gluten-intolerant, you’ve probably had to steer clear of it in the past years. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with an equally delicious dish: cornbread stuffing. You can either make it from scratch using this recipe: http://www.bessiebakes.com/gf-southern-cornbread-stuffing/or if you’re in a time crunch, simply used boxed cornbread stuffing mix for a quick alternative, available here: https://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/mariposa-baking-co-gluten-free-stuffing/.
Another avoided Thanksgiving item is gravy, which can be difficult to make without all-purpose flour. To make it gluten-free, we suggest switching your normal flour with rice flour for a smooth and delicious gravy. If you don’t have rice flour on hand, chances are you have some cornstarch in your pantry that you used for that one recipe that one time. Well, it can work for your gravy, too. The only difference is that you won’t make a roux (a mixture of butter and flour used in many sauce recipes), but instead you’ll deglaze your roasting pan, add your stock and then transfer about 1 cup of the stock mixture to a medium bowl. Add in your cornstarch (about 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon for every cup of stock mixture you have in your pan) and whisk until smooth. Lastly, just add the slurry back into your roasting pan and whisk over medium heat until thickened.
Thanksgiving pies may be the most delicious part of the whole meal, but they also come with a lot of work and time. If you’re not looking to fuss around with making your own pies or pie crusts, there are plenty of gluten-free mixes that will get the job done:
If you’re looking to switch it up a little instead of making a classic apple pie, an easier yet still delicious option is a classic apple crisp. Apple crisps are normally made with oats anyway, so if you make sure that the oats you use are gluten-free, you’re good to go. A recipe we love can be found here: https://mygluten-freekitchen.com/apple-crisp-gluten-free/. You’ll be sure to impress your guests with this new take on Thanksgiving dessert, offer a different option for your guests to enjoy and they won’t even know it’s gluten-free!