6 Favorite Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

6 Favorite Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Dear friends,

As promised, I have an extra special post for you today! I’ve compiled my family’s favorite gluten-free recipes that I make each year for our Thanksgiving dinner.

I love cooking for our holiday feast, but it can be a little tricky to reinvent the Thanksgiving staples for those who have Celiac disease. How to enjoy stuffing or turkey gravy or apple pie that are usually made with wheat flour? Not to fear! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving in your home or visiting friends and family, you’ll be the top chef with these delicious dishes that can be enjoyed by everyone at the holiday table.

Gluten Free Velvety Smooth Gravy

6 Favorite Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Most gravy is thickened with wheat flour, but I’ve found a great tasting instant mix that is gluten free and made by Maxwell’s Kitchen. It takes minutes to prepare over the stove and is usually my go-to solution when I need to whip up gravy in a pinch. However, for Thanksgiving I love to accompany the turkey with my own homemade, velvety smooth gravy made with the turkey drippings. Yum.

Here’s the recipe below:

If you have cooked a turkey, pour the drippings into a measuring cup. The fat will separate to the top. Spoon off the fat.

Next whisk together 2 tblsps of gluten free all purpose flour or corn starch plus 2 tblsp of the drippings in a pan until the mixture is thick and smooth. (If you do not have drippings, you may use butter.) Continue to stir and slowly brown the flour over a low heat for 5 minutes.

Then add 1 cup of stock (I’ve used Herb Ox bouillon). Whisk and simmer so that the gravy stays smooth while it thickens.

Season with herbs, salt and pepper to taste.

Gluten Free Stuffing recipe

6 Favorite Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving just doesn’t seem like Thanksgiving without the stuffing. Several of the secret ingredients to my savory, gluten-free version are Udi’s bread, onions, celery, bell peppers, garlic, parsley, sage, and thyme. And, best of all, it takes only twenty minutes to prepare and then an hour in the oven. I make sure to use my biggest casserole dish as everyone always clamors for seconds and thirds. Recipe here.

Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe

6 Favorite Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

You can never go wrong with bacon, right? I love serving up a special vegetable on holidays, and these super easy Brussels sprouts are always an instant hit with adults and kids alike. Recipe here.

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pie recipe

6 Favorite Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

This beautiful pie could be reserved for dessert, but I usually sneak it onto the table as a side dish with the ham and turkey. Cut yourself a slice and top with whip cream. With the first bite, you will fall in love with its sweet, creamy goodness. Recipe here.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Crisp recipe

6 Favorite Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Your gluten-free taste buds don’t have to skip dessert at this year’s Thanksgiving. This pumpkin crisp combines all the wonderful flavors of fall with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and a topping of crunchy chopped pecans. Recipe here.

Gluten Free Apple Pie recipe

6 Favorite Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Yes, I’ve saved the best for last. Here it is. A delectable gluten-free apple pie just for you. Juicy apple slices tossed with spices and covered in a flakey, flavorful crust. Is your mouth watering yet? ;) Recipe here.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope these quick and easy recipes will become favorites in your house as they are in mine. Have a blessed and delicious Thanksgiving feast!

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Gluten Free Chicken Rollatini

Gluten Free Chicken Rollatini

Hello, friends!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is only three days away? I’m rushing to put the finishing touches on an extra special Thanksgiving post for you all filled with lots of gluten-free ideas for your Thanksgiving feast.

But first I have to share this recipe because it’s amazing and you’re going to love it. It was the perfect dish for a very busy evening the other day when I was knee-deep in holiday preparations and needed to serve up something quick, easy, and delicious. Seriously, this elegant dish really only takes fifteen minutes to prepare and ten minutes in the oven.

Gluten Free Chicken Rollatini

It’s inspired by one of my favorite recipes, Eggplant Rollatini, but I decided to put a new twist on it with chicken. My daughter, Nicole, is studying Italian and informed me that in Italy it would be called “Involtini di Pollo.” Yum, sounds so very sophisticated.

My Involtini di Pollo (or Chicken Rollatini, as I called them) are made with beautifully thin chicken scallopini, lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I carefully rolled up each piece of chicken with a slice of Swiss Cheese in the center. Then, I arranged three small bowls on the counter. In the first, I mixed half a cup of gluten-free flour with paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. In the second, gluten-free breadcrumbs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Yes, garlic powder might be a secret ingredient here. ;) And, finally, in the last bowl, I whisked an egg together with one tablespoon of milk.

Now we’re coming to the fun part. Each little chicken roll gets dredged first in the flour, then in the egg and milk, and lastly in the breadcrumbs. Next, I cooked the rolls in a skillet for three minutes on each side with a little butter and oil until they were golden. I then popped them in the oven where they baked for ten minutes.

Gluten Free Chicken Rollatini

And they’re ready to devour! Ecco gli Involtini di Pollo!

Nicole covered the rolls in marinara sauce and gently sprinkled them with Parmesan cheese and parsley. She exclaimed, “Sono buonissimi!”

Gluten Free Chicken Rollatini

I love when cooking turns into an impromptu foreign language lesson. ;) And I also love how the beautiful red marinara sauce and the green parsley give this dish a dash of Christmas colors, making it perfect for a quick and festive holiday dinner.

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Gluten Free Turkey, Bacon, Swiss Cheese Melt

Gluten Free Turkey, Bacon, Swiss Cheese Melt

Hello, friends!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner here in the states, my family is already coming up with creative ideas for the turkey leftovers.

Honestly, why wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy delicious turkey tenderloin? Turkey made a wonderful, autumn dinner this weekend, and my kids loved using the leftover turkey to reinvent lunch the next day.

This gluten-free Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon, and Swiss Cheese Melt (yes, half the fun is piling on all of the ingredients) was entirely my kids’ creation, so I’m handing it over to my daughter, Nicole, to explain the details of the sandwich making process.

Nicole here! I’m so excited to be sharing this recipe with you all. :)

Let’s start with the turkey. I’ve made turkey melts before with thin-sliced deli turkey, but you really can’t beat the taste of fresh, home cooked turkey tenderloin. Mom seasoned hers with salt and pepper and baked it in a beautiful sauce of white wine, chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, and green tarragon sprigs. Is your mouth watering yet?

Ok, let’s save some of that turkey for the sandwiches. We’ll also need to cook up bacon in a skillet. I used Oscar Mayer’s Select No Nitrite Bacon, and I’ll admit that I couldn’t stop myself from snacking on several strips of crispy bacon as I prepared the sandwiches.

Gluten Free Turkey, Bacon, Swiss Cheese Melt

First, we’ll need two slices of gluten-free sandwich bread. I love Udi’s as the bread is almost as light and fluffy as real white bread. Actually, I’ll take that back. It is real white bread, just sans wheat.

I spread one side of the slices with softened butter, and then let them grill in a pan with more butter to make those beautiful black grill lines. The bread ends up toasty on one side, and soft and chewy on the other.

Udi

Next, I prepared the special sauce. This is the secret ingredient that takes the sandwich to a whole new level. It’s really just an abridged version of Russian dressing: a little bit of mayonnaise and ketchup mixed in a bowl until pink and ready to spread on the bread slices.

Now we’ll need to return to our skillet. Take several pieces of turkey, layer them with bacon, and cover with strips of Swiss cheese. Cover the skillet and heat until the cheese is melted.

And finally we’re ready to build the sandwich: a beautiful hot, turkey sandwich for cold autumn afternoons. Spread the slices with the special sauce; add fresh lettuce; stuff with the turkey, bacon, and melted cheese; and don’t forget the juicy, red tomatoes!

Gluten Free Turkey, Bacon, Swiss Cheese Melt

If you want to give your taste buds an added treat, make sure to pair this sandwich with healthy organic pickle slices.

Gluten Free Turkey, Bacon, Swiss Cheese Melt

You may not be able to go back to ordinary turkey sandwiches after taking your first bite of this ultimate gluten-free turkey melt.

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Bacon Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions and Peppers on a Gluten Free Bun

Bacon Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions and Peppers on a Gluten Free Bun

Friday night is burger night here at our house. Last week I decided to add a creative twist to this old favorite by adding special toppings. One of my sons, who was visiting for the weekend, tasted this burger and exclaimed, “Wow, Mom what did you do to this burger? Seriously, it’s one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.”  That was quite a compliment since he lives in the big city and has frequented some of the best burger places in the world. My husband also couldn’t stop praising my new creation, a juicy bacon cheeseburger decked with sweet caramelized onions and peppers on a delicious gluten-free Canyon Bakehouse bun.

I have been making burgers for our family ever since our children were little. However, when my husband and two of my sons were diagnosed with celiac disease thirteen years ago, we could no longer enjoy the burgers with hamburger buns. They still remained one of our weekly dinners, but without a bun they were not the same. After a long search, we finally discovered fluffy, gluten free Canyon Bakehouse buns sprinkled with sesame seeds. Excellent.

Now, topped with bacon and caramelized onions and peppers, our Friday night cheeseburgers have truly become extraordinary. Even better, I have begun serving grass fed burgers, which are not only delicious but also have many health benefits that you can read about here.

Bacon Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions and Peppers on a Gluten Free Bun
If you want to be a hit with your family, add this fast and easy burger recipe to your repertoire. (more…)

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Free Download: 10 Kid Approved Gluten Free Recipes

I am excited to release a new recipe book today! It’s called 10 Kid Approved Gluten Free Recipes and you can get it for free today.

This book is a collection of my kids’ ten favorite gluten free recipes. I actually had them rate their favorite choices out of all my recipes, and these were the winning results. It can be difficult for kids to follow a gluten-free diet, but even the pickiest of eaters is sure to find a favorite in this collection. Best of all, these recipes are quick and easy to prepare so that you can whip up a healthy and delicious meal even on the busiest of days.

Free Download: 10 Kid Approved Gluten Free RecipesA Sneak Peek Inside

Here’s several of the recipes you’ll find inside:

1. Crispy Chicken Fingers

2. Chicken Wings

3. Pizza Muffins

4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

5. Irish Nachos

And much more!

Each recipe also includes my suggestions for the best-tasting gluten-free products.

Get it Now (For Free)

This recipe book is available as a free download to members of our wonderful community.

All you have to do is enter your email on this page and click “Subscribe” and the recipe book is all yours. In addition to the recipe book, you’ll also receive an email update each week of the new recipes I’ve added to the blog.

(If you’re already an email subscriber, then you should have received a link to the new recipe book in your email. Let me know if you haven’t.)

Again in order to get instant access now, enter your email address on this page or in the box below this post or in the sidebar. Enjoy!

Free Download: 10 Kid Approved Gluten Free Recipes

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Gluten Free Ham Tetrazzini

Ham Tetrazzini

 On Sundays when company comes to visit the homestead, I often make a ham because it goes a long way and is always enjoyed by all. Sometimes there is enough leftovers to make a whole new meal the next day. I cut up the ham the night before and, in no more than 15 minutes, I can prepare gluten free ham tetrazzinni, ready to pop in the oven.

I prefer ham with no added nitrates or nitrites, no artificial ingredients or preservatives. You may find this one at Whole Foods.

Ham Tetrazzini

This dish is similar to my turkey tetrazzini except I doubled the mushrooms because my husband loves a lot of mushrooms and stirred in hearty cheddar cheese for a wonderful sauce. You may want to try Tinkyada spaghetti this time as I did. I love that it is never mushy and always tastes quite delicious.  (more…)

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4 Week Gluten Free Weekday Dinner Plan

4 Week Gluten Free Weekday Dinner Plan

 

Having a large family and being constantly on the go, I know how hard it can be planning meals for the day, let alone, for the month. I always find it useful to have a handy meal plan at my finger tips. Here is my new FREE 4 week weekday dinner plan that I have put together for you with a vaiety of gluten free foods. Feel free to mix and match.

To get started, access my new FREE pdf here.  All the clickable links will direct you to the recipe page on my blog.

No more weeknight scramble to get dinner on the table. Each recipe is quick and so delicious, pleasing those with celiac disease and even those in your family who do not necessarily have to avoid gluten. You can be sure that these time saving recipes will save you prep time in the kitchen so that you can get back to doing what you love.

Here is that link again:Screen Shot Meal Plan

4-Week-Gluten-Free Weekday Dinner Plan pdf

I hope you enjoy it and have a pleasant month!4 Week Gluten Free Weekday Dinner Plan

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Cheese Lover’s Zucchini Casserole

Cheese Lover's Zucchini Casserole

During our summer growing season we grew so many zucchinis in our vegetable garden, I found that I was serving them everyday.  So that my family would not get tired of eating this nutritious vegetable, I had to create a new zucchini recipe. After some experimentation, I came up with this one. It takes only minutes to assemble and bakes while you prepare the rest of the meal.

As a mom, I know that getting your kids to eat a vegetable dish can be difficult. Cheese Lover’s Zucchini Casserole gets the thumbs up here at the homestead every time. No wonder, it actually has a pizza-like taste!

Recipe for Cheese Lover’s Zucchini Casserole:

Ingredients:

2 tblsp.  olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. zucchini, sliced
2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
gluten free marinara sauce, homemade or jar
grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400℉

Toss zucchini with olive oil. Then spread the zucchini slices on a baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast until they are just starting to brown, about 10-15 minutes . Roasting the zucchini will keep the casserole from becoming watery.

 Cheese Lover's Zucchini Casserole

 

Turn oven down to 350℉

Spread 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce in bottom of a casserole dish .  Arrange one layer of zucchini over sauce,  sprinkle mozzarella and top with another layer of zucchini and then mozzarella cheese again.  Cover and bake for 25 minutes; remove cover and  bake 5 minutes more.

Cheese Lover's Zucchini Casserole

 

Top with marinara sauce.

 

Zukee Red final

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Serves 6

Approximate preparation time: 10 minutes 

Approximate cook time: 45 minutes

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Gluten Free Panko Crusted Pork Chops

Gluten Free Panko Crusted Pork Chops

Autumn Photo Feast and Gluten Free Panko Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

This delicious pork chop dinner is a wonderful way to celebrate Autumn, my favorite time of year!

I love taking long walks and hearing the crunch of leaves underfoot, wearing comfy sweaters, and wrapping up in scarves. My family enjoys taking scenic drives upstate in order to capture beautiful photos of the lovely fall foliage. After returning home from a day of hiking, touring one of the many mansions, antiquing or apple picking, my gang is mighty hungry. Quick yet satisfying recipes like panko crusted pork chops make the perfect dinner.

Before I share the recipe, here is a video set to the music of Autumn In New York with beautiful fall pictures of New York City. I’ll just go ahead and put this right here and since this recipe is quick, you have a moment to watch it and enjoy.

Here are some of my photos of landscapes north of the City.

Autumn Photo Feast and Panko Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

Take a scenic ride along Seven Lakes Drive.

Autumn Photo Feast and Panko Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

Stunning deer, just one of the many varieties of wildlife you see.

Autumn Photo Feast and Panko Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

Top of Perkins Drive, high above Bear Mountain. On a clear day, you can see the New York City skyline 40 miles away!

Autumn Photo Feast and Panko Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

Delight in the natural wonders at Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

Autumn Photo Feast and Panko Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

Don’t feed the ducks on Swan Lake, Rockefeller State Park Preserve!

So here is that recipe for melt in your mouth panko crusted pork chops. Don’t the colors of the pork chop resemble the golden hues of autumn? The pork chops are first dredged in parmesan cheese, then egg and finally crunchy panko breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs trap steam in the meat keeping it juicy on the inside.
Yum.

Autumn Photo Feast and Panko Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

Recipe for Gluten Free Panko Crusted Pork Chops:

Ingredients:
2 large eggs
3 tblsp. milk
1/2 cup  grated Parmesan
1 cup kinnikinnick gluten free bread crumbs PANKO STYLE
4 boneless center-cut pork chops
Salt
pepper
3 tblsp. olive oil

Directions:

Sprinkle the pork chops with salt and pepper.

Beat eggs and milk in  a shallow bowl. Place parmesan cheese on a separate plate, and bread crumbs on another plate.

Dredge each pork chop in the cheese then into the egg mixture, and finally into the bread crumbs coating evenly.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Place coated pork chops in the skillet and cook until golden brown about 6 minutes on each side. Serves 4

Approximate preparation time: 10 minutes

Approximate cook time: 12 minutes

Gluten Free Panko Crusted Pork Chops

 

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Gluten Free Toad In The Hole

Gluten Free Toad In The Hole

My husband always talks about this dish with a very funny name that his mom used to make when he was a child: Toad in the Hole. It is a very popular dish in Britain where his mom was from. No one knows exactly how it got its name though it is said that the sausage peeking out of the Yorkshire pudding is supposed to look like a toad.

Gluten Free Toad In The Hole

It reminds me of the character Mr. Toad of Toad Hall from Kenneth Grahame’s beloved children’s novel Wind In The Willows. It’s just the kind of dish Mr. Toad would have enjoyed after his madcap adventures in his motorcar around the English countryside.

Indeed, this classic British dish of juicy sausages nestled in Yorkshire pudding makes for a seriously special dinner treat. Since today is my youngest son’s sixteenth birthday, it was the perfect occasion for a fun-filled meal. I decided to serve up a gluten free version of Toad in the Hole.

Yorkshire pudding with roast beef is one of the first recipes that I shared with you on the blog. But Toad in the Hole takes traditional Yorkshire pudding to a whole new level. It consists of a batter of eggs, flour and milk so I selected Bob’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. The sausages from Jones Dairy Farm are simply delicious. I doubled the recipe and made two pans because there are six of us (one I made in a cake pan). They were both devoured straight away, no leftovers.

I am not sure which I loved more: the spicy, savory Toad in the Hole or the creamy homemade onion gravy. This birthday dinner was truly out of this world.

Gluten Free Toad In The Hole

Here’s a peek into my kitchen while I cooked up this fun dish. First, I preheated the oven to 400℉. Then, I cooked the gluten free sausages in a skillet according to package directions. Next, I removed the sausages to a plate and covered them to keep them warm. (more…)

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