Thanksgiving Favorites Made Gluten-Free!
Worried the holidays will wreck your gluten-free diet and leave you feeling deprived of all your favorite foods? Think again! It is so easy to transform Thanksgiving favorites into gluten-free delights. The best part is that everyone at your holiday table will devour these dishes! Use these simple tips, tricks, and recipes to make this your best Thanksgiving yet.
1 – Traditional Corn Bread Dressing or Stuffing
Of course, this dish is nearly all bread, but don't let that stop you! Simply use your family-favorite recipe and substitute the corn bread with gluten-free corn bread made using this foolproof recipe. No one will ever know it's gluten-free! If you don't already have a special corn bread dressing recipe, here's the one to try!
2 - Turkey Gravy
Gravy needs a thickener, and that is traditionally gluten-filled flour, but it doesn't have to be. Simply add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch for every 2 cups of broth, whisk and heat to just boiling, then finish with a pat or two of butter -- and you have silky smooth gluten-free gravy for that turkey and dressing!
3 – Herbed Mashed Potato Casserole Supreme
Potatoes are naturally gluten-free, but sometimes the more indulgent potato puff casseroles use wheat flour to enhance consistency. No flour of any kind is needed to make this dish that everyone will love! These slightly puffy, light and fluffy potatoes will steal the show, and your guests will say "hold the gravy!" once they taste this creamy, cheesy side dish. Grab the recipe here.
4 – Creamy Gouda Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese
What kid (of any age) can resist a piping hot spoonful of the ultimate comfort food? Now no one has to say "no" to mac 'n' cheese again! To convert your family-favorite mac 'n' cheese, simply substitute gluten-free pasta. If you're looking for a special decadent recipe for the holidays, try this version that uses gluten-free pasta and a basic revamped bechamel sauce. Your taste buds won't know you left the gluten behind. Everyone's going to ask for the recipe, so have your cards ready! Get the recipe here.
5 - Green Bean Casserole (But You've Never Had It Like This!)
You either love it or loathe it, but you can't ignore the green bean casserole that shows up on the Thanksgiving menu every year. In that case, you may as well make it taste great and make it so everyone can enjoy it. To take the traditional to gluten-free, ditch the canned mushroom soup for a homemade version, use a gluten-free alternative to traditional soy sauce, and make your own fried scallions (store-bought fried onions contain wheat flour). It's easy, it's so much better than the traditional version, and it's 100 percent gluten-free so everyone can dig in! Here's the recipe.
6 - Corn Fritter Casserole
Corn is a must-have on the fall holiday menu, and this simple corn fritter casserole will soon become a dinnertime staple. It's so easy to put together, and the taste is reminiscent of holiday stuffing -- but without all the work. Using certified gluten-free cornmeal and gluten-free flour ensures no gluten gets into this tasty autumn side dish.
7 – Traditional Pumpkin Pie
Everyone's favorite fall dessert is so easy to make gluten-free! You can use a gluten-free store-bought piecrust, or make it 100 percent homemade with a piecrust recipe that allows your food processor to do all the work for you. Get the crust and filling recipe here and try this rich, creamy fall delight!
Bonus! Merlot Cranberries
Cranberry sauce is naturally gluten-free, but let's face it: We can't have a list of Thanksgiving sides without the cranberries. It's time to leave the can on the shelf and invest 30 minutes you won't regret for these Merlot Cranberries, which will soon become the star of the show. The tart berries have just enough sugar to tame them, and a generous splash of Merlot adds a depth of flavor you won't ever find in a can. Make a double batch and use the extras on buttered toast for breakfast after the holiday!