Crash Course for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

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So, it’s nearly Turkey Time again, and shoppers everywhere are scouring the stores — or on-line — for ingredients and supplies. If you or guests need a gluten free Thanksgiving, your to-do list is a bit more extensive. But nothing that can’t be handled deliciously!

How to have a Happy Gluten Free Thanksgiving

This year’s Thanksgiving may still look different than in years past, but yay, at least it’s not 2020 Thanksgiving! Remember the year of hunkering down alone, hoarding toilet paper and making our own homemade face masks?? I’m thankful we’re not there and please let’s never go back!

Happy Thanksgiving 2020
Thanksgiving during the Pandemic … sorry, I couldn’t resist!

 

But … since we’re still not necessarily back to normal, Thanksgiving may still look different for many of us.

I know that automatically sounds like a bad thing, but let’s look at this half full glass together and find some ways to enjoy Thanksgiving 2022 in a different light.

modern-family-thanksgiving _ gfJules

No Pressure.

Admit it, sometimes Thanksgiving can be stressful. No matter how hard we try, there can be some moments when we’re sweating it out towards the end:

What if this recipe doesn’t work? What if I don’t have enough oven space? What if I didn’t buy a big enough turkey? Why didn’t I try baking a gluten free pie crust in advance (and watch the video?)? Why didn’t I watch Jules’ video showing how to make the gluten free pull apart dinner rolls before Thanksgiving Day??  😉

So without as many family and friends gathering in one place, there’s no need for stress, right?

You can try lots of new gluten free recipes without fear of failure and without worry that you won’t make the time crunch. Eat when it’s ready, I say! And … perhaps the best part … you don’t have to share all your successful recipe leftovers with as many people!

Why Bother When It’s Just Me Eating Gluten Free?

Why bother? Because it’s YOU, and you’re important! Whether it’s only you eating gluten free or it’s only you eating, you’re worth it!

There are lots of ways to bake smaller amounts or to freeze or re-purpose leftovers. Just don’t use “it’s only me” as an excuse not to bake or miss out on Thanksgiving because that’s just depressing, and if there’s one thing 2022 doesn’t need, it’s more depressing news.

If there aren’t any others in your bubble who need gluten free, I say what I always say: our gluten free food is so good that they’ll want to eat it with you, and everyone at the table should be eating the same meal for so many reasons anyway.

If there aren’t so many others around to cook for, that’s ok too, because lots of Thanksgiving recipes are easily halved or quartered or are great to make as whole recipes and then repurposed as leftovers or even frozen for meals to come.

gluten free baguettes on with slices

Here are some ideas:

gluten free cornbread waffles
Gluten Free Cornbread Waffles!
6-inch pie plate
I found this 6-inch pie plate at my local grocery store for only $6.99 before the sale price; of course, you can always just grab a disposable aluminum one instead.
jules in the kitchen 2020
It doesn’t have to be fancy: just put on an apron and grab your phone! Bake together … virtually!

 

Bake Together on Zoom or Facetime.

Even if you can’t be with your friends and family in person, schedule some time to bake together, virtually! Learn from each other or just visit while you’re baking at the same time and make it a social occasion!

Share Your Goodies and Make New Friends Nearby!

Contact your church, synagogue, mosque, school, community center, neighborhood organization or even on-line through apps like NextDoor to connect with others who might want to share gluten free meals like Thanksgiving – you make part of the meal and they make other parts, or maybe someone needs your leftovers more than you do. There are still plenty of opportunities to connect through food and to help others. 

Sending Homemade Gluten Free Goodies

Bake and Mail Treats to Friends and Family.

Care packages are always a welcome treat, but especially for those of us living gluten free. There’s just nothing like opening a box of homemade gluten free goodies!

There are all kinds of treats that ship well, like Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies. You can even mail Gluten Free Pull Apart Rolls – see my directions for reheating them at the end of the recipe. Recipes made with my gfJules Flour stay fresh longer than typical gluten free recipes, so mailing becomes an option, but this year shipping is a little more uncertain, so opt for overnight or two day shipping if you can, as shippers aren’t even guaranteeing those right now.

Wishing you a happy and healthy Gluten Free Thanksgiving!

gfJules Gluten Free Thanksgiving eBook

gfJulesThanksgivingEbook2020 v2 coverThere are so many more reasons to embrace this year’s gluten free Thanksgiving and be thankful … I cover lots of reasons why and ways how in my updated Gluten Free Thanksgiving ebook. There are 95+ pages of recipes, planning checklists, nutritional information and much more.

It’s a resource everyone should have and frankly share with friends and family, whether you’ll be able to be together this year or not. Get creative, think of things a little differently, and just know that this too, shall pass.

Gluten Free Thanksgiving outdoors \ gfJules
If you are hosting a gathering of any size, try to host it outside, earlier in the day to take advantage of solar gain. Get or borrow an outside heater or set up a table in the sunshine! Use hay bales for chairs and gourds for decoration — no need to be fancy! It’s about the delicious gluten free food, right?! {original photo from pinkpeppermintdesign.com}

 

Crash Course for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

Even if you don’t already have a menu planned and haven’t had time to practice recipes yet, don’t worry! This Crash Course for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving will get you ready for T-day! 

Crash course for a gluten free Thanksgiving by gfJules

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Soft, fluffy Thanksgiving Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls!

The first thing to remember is that Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy family and friends — in person or virtually — and to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for … not for stressing out about whether your pie crust will be perfect (but it will be, with my famous gluten free recipe, videos and gfJules Flour!!). 

With that in mind, review my cheat sheets for last minute to-dos and check out some of these recipes to get ready for a very happy gluten free Thanksgiving!

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing
Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing

 

Consult my Thanksgiving Checklists reprinted below, at the end of this article (excerpted from my 96-page updated 2021 gfJules Thanksgiving e-book). You’ll find that there are plenty of things to do in order to be prepared — many of them unique to living gluten free.

gluten free baguette with cranberry chutney
Homemade gluten free baguette with cranberry chutney.

 

Don’t let the lists overwhelm you; it’s designed to break things into manageable chunks so that by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, you’ll be stress-free!

Here are some of the things you’ll want to be sure to do in planning for your gluten free Thanksgiving feast.

If you are dining at another’s house for Thanksgiving:

  • call the host and check the menu now
  • if there are any dishes that might already be gluten-free, confirm that they will not be adding or contaminating the dish with any gluten ingredients
  • ask if they are stuffing the turkey or if the stuffing is on the side  (encourage the latter!)
  • check whether their turkey brand is gluten-free so you know in advance
  • if they haven’t bought their turkey yet, suggest some gluten-free brands (see list below)
  • coordinate with the host about what dishes you should bring (suggest that you bring the menu items you most want to be able to enjoy so you are sure to have a gluten-free option)
  • bring your own serving ware  — gluten free serving spoons are so helpful! — and gluten free food markers are tasteful, eye-catching and a great way to alert others that they need to keep their spoons to themselves!
gluten free food markers
Re-usable, made in USA wooden food markers are a great way to identify gluten free foods on a table where not everything is safe. From Words With Boards (available at gfJules.com)

 

If you are hosting Thanksgiving:

  • check with  your guests to see if there are any other dietary restrictions to take into account
  • arrange for guests to bring dishes that will complement your menu and are already gluten-free, if possible (e.g. cranberry sauce; salad; fruit; green beans; ice cream or whipped topping for pies; wine or sparkling apple cider ….)
  • order or buy your turkey early so you are sure to get a gluten-free bird (see list below for gluten-free brands)
  • make your shopping list and shop ASAP (try not to shop the day before Thanksgiving for anything but fresh fruit or vegetables)
  • bake casseroles and pumpkin pies 1-2 days before Thanksgiving
  • bake gluten-free bread now if you don’t have bread already made for stuffing – dry the bread in cubes in the oven the day before Thanksgiving

Some brands which offer Gluten Free Turkeys:

(but always check the labels!)

  • Aaron’s Gourmet
  • Butterball
  • Empire Kosher
  • Honeysuckle White
  • Jennie-O
  • KellyBronze
  • Norbest
  • Organic Prairie
  • Perdue
  • Pilgrim’s Pride
  • Shady Brook Farms
  • Shelton’s

gluten free pecan pie in blue

Essential Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes (click the recipe names to go to recipes):

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Sweets

Fresh Pumpkin Purée

Pie Crust & Video How-To

Pumpkin Pie with Crust

Pumpkin Pie without Crust

Apple Pie

Apple-Cranberry Cake

Upside-Down Apple Pie (vegan)

Pumpkin Cheesecake (vegan)

Maple-Pumpkin Cobbler (vegan)

Pecan Pie (vegan)

Pumpkin Roll

gluten free pumpkin pie with pumpkin around crust edges

 

Gluten-Free Breads

Parker House Pull Apart Dinner Rolls

Dinner Rolls

Bread Mix (for bread or rolls)

Cornbread

Baguette

Artisan Bread/Boule

Yeast Free Dinner Rolls

Braided Bread/Challah

Cornbread Mix

Pumpkin Cornbread

Pumpkin Corn Muffins

Easy Pumpkin Bread

Stuffing

Gluten free pull apart dinner rolls in basket

 

Gluten Free Casseroles and Sides

Butternut Squash Soup

Sweet Potato-Apple Soup

Green Bean Casserole with “Fried” Onions

Sweet Potato Casserole

Grated Sweet Potato Casserole

Maple-Pumpkin Cobbler

Apple Butter, Butternut Squash Casserole

Cranberry Chutney

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Gluten Free Maple Pumpkin Cobbler

 

Many more recipes for casseroles, side dishes, gravy and desserts, as well as recommendations for planning the meal can be found in my  updated 46-recipe Thanksgiving e-book and in my newest cookbook, Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy!

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Click for my updated Thanksgiving ebook!

 

And once the big day is over, don’t forget the LEFTOVERS!!! 

Food safety is a huge concern, so consult this handy guide to be sure yours are safe:

Keep Leftovers Safe | gfJules

(click for food thermometer info)

And … keep this handy gluten free Leftover Stuffing Quiche Recipe in mind!

gluten free stuffing quiche with spatula

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, thankful holiday!

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  1. I had never baked anything Gluten free until recently using your flour! I have made several batches of cut out sugar cookies. I’ve posted my latest Turkey sugar cookies. They were a gift for my pastors.

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  2. As a family, we have a big Italian feast to start off Thanksgiving week. I made gluten free potato gnocchi for the meal. We had a “taste testing” of my gnocchi (made with gfjules flour) and a very reputable pasta place near us. The ones made with gfjules won! Thanks for a great product!

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    • WOW! I love the idea of an Italian feast to start of Thanksgiving week and I really love the idea that homemade gluten free gnocchi beat out restaurant made Italian gnocchi made with wheat! Talk about a success story! Congratulations, AnnaMarie! Those gluten free gnocchi are beautiful! Wishing your family a delicious continuation of your Thanksgiving week!
      ~jules

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  3. Oh how I wish I could cook Thanksgiving dinner!! Instead we have ordered our dinner from a local restaurant. I won’t be able to eat the dressing as it is not gf. But everything else will be fine for me to eat.

    Two weeks ago I fell and crushed my left leg patella. I had surgery to repair it eleven days ago. Needless to say I’m still not able to stand for long periods of time to cook my family’s tday dinner. Hopefully by Christmas I can at least make bread for the dressing. Crossing my fingers. Plus I so want a big piece of pumpkin pie on a gf crust. Happy Thanksgiving day to ur family.

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    • Oh Fran, I’m so sorry to hear about your injury! You poor dear – that view must be very tiring already! You have something to look forward to, though! I wish I could mail you a slice of homemade gluten free pumpkin pie. 🙁 We will all hope for a better 2020 for so many reasons. You take care and heal well. 2021 will taste so sweet!!!!
      ~jules

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  4. I have NEVER baked a gluten free bread that actually raised and looked edible. Thanks to Jules flour. Look at this beautiful Pumpkin bread. And Delicious as well. Thank you Jules from the bottom of my heart.

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    • Oh Joy, that is a beautiful thing! I’m just so happy for you that you didn’t give up before you found my gfJules Flour and you now know how delicious gluten free baking can be! (and you know that it wasn’t your fault before that things weren’t turning out so great!!!). Delicious recipes lie ahead — wishing you a wonderful gluten free Thanksgiving!
      ~jules

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  5. This is not a delicious treat from your gluten free flour, but it is gluten free communion wafers for my church. And they work out perfectly every time. An interesting product from your flour

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    • Hi Linda, I know exactly what you mean 😉 And it’s a good reminder to me that I’m overdue in making some for my church, as well! You look like an expert at this recipe!!!
      ~jules

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  6. Love the volume gfjules flour gives to my gf baking. Here’s a coffee cake I made this morning – couldn’t get a picture before most of it was gone!

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    • That’s a wonderful attribute! I’m so glad you’re noticing the fluffiness my gfJules Flour imparts, Barbara! And I’m really glad it’s making your baked goods so yummy that it’s hard to keep them around!
      ~jules

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  7. New to the GF world and very impressed with your flour! Made this pumpkin roll with the GF flour and baked up perfectly! Thank you

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    • WOW – super impressed that you’re new to gluten free baking and you dove right in with a pumpkin roll recipe, Ellen!! So happy you’re loving my gfJules Flour! Wishing you lots of very happy gluten free baking ahead!!!
      ~jules

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  8. Thanks for all of your recipe advice! Made some sugar cookies to kick off the holiday season with my GF Jules flour! It’s the best!!

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    • So happy you’re getting a jump start with the gluten free sugar cookies, Elizabeth! They look so festive and fun – we could all use some cheer!!!!
      ~jules

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    • So pretty, Deb! I’ve never added the “Stained Glass” touch to my gluten free pizzelles — I’ll have to try that (so creative!)!!!
      ~jules

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  9. Looks like I can only upload one picture. Here’s the pizza we baked using the GF Jules pizza mix. It was perfect. There are just not enough words to describe how much I love this flour and the mixes and watching my girls being able to enjoy baked goods and pizza again. Even simple chocolate chip cookies turn out amazing. Tried to upload the white cake but it won’t. Says it’s too large.

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    • Oh Teresa, I know what you mean about the joy we can derive from watching family enjoy simple pleasures like pizza and baked goods again. It’s indescribable to someone who hasn’t experienced it for themselves. I’m thrilled that your family has these pleasures — and the joy — back!!!!!
      ~jules

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  10. Two of my daughters, ages 5 and 7 were diagnosed with Celiac last year and it has been a challenge finding a flour that didn’t make our baked goods come out tasting gritty and just off in general. I was starting to give up on GF flour. I was a little hesitant to try GF Jules because I had already tried so many different brands and it’s not exactly cheap. It took me a year to find GF Jules and I do not regret my purchase. You can’t even tell the items we bake are gluten free. Even my neighbor couldn’t tell. I was able to make my girls GF cake for their birthdays and they loved it. I will continue to buy this flour and it’s worth every penny. The pizza crust mix is also pretty amazing. My girls LOVED it. I will try to upload the angel food cake, pizza and white cake I baked.

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    • Oh Teresa, I’m SO glad you didn’t give up! Your girls deserve great cake and pizza (and everything else!) and you deserve the joy that comes from being able to bake it for them!!!! I’m thrilled you found my gfJules Flour and WOW that gluten free angel food cake looks like perfection on a plate, so it looks like you definitely have achieved success! So happy to be a part of it!!!
      ~jules

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  11. Jules, wishing you a wonderful celebration. Here are the fried shallots that I make with your flour and they are always a hit! I use them on top of the string beans and with leftover mashed potatoes I recycle into twice baked potatoes with cheese and bacon.

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    • OH my, Helene – that sounds like an incredible savory treat that I would gladly sprinkle on nearly anything!!!! 😉
      ~jules

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