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
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:
- 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 tablespoons of gluten free all purpose flour or corn starch plus 2 tablespoons 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. Whisk and simmer so that the gravy stays smooth while it thickens.
- Season with herbs, salt, and pepper to taste.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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