Crash Course for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

Crash Course for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

So, it’s nearly that Turkey Time again, and shoppers everywhere are scouring the stores for ingredients and supplies. If you or a guest at Thanksgiving is gluten free, your to-do list is a bit more extensive. By now you probably have a menu and have hopefully had some time to practice new recipes for the big day.

But let’s say you’ve been busy … perhaps your plans have changed … maybe you are newly diagnosed and this is your first gluten free Thanksgiving … whatever you do, don’t panic!  There is still time to prepare!

The first thing to rembember is that Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy family and friends and to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for … not for stressing out about whether your pie crust will be perfect!  With that in mind, review this cheat sheet for last minute to-dos and check out some of these recipes to get ready for a very happy gluten free Thanksgiving!

First, consult my Thanksgiving Checklist (excerpted from my 60-page 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. Don’t let the list overwhelm you; it’s designed to break things into manageable chunks so that by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, you’ll be stress-free!

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Crash Course for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

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Ingredients:

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Collage - gfJules

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

If you are dining at another’s house:

  • 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)

If you are the host:

  • 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:

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

Method:

 

slicing gluten free pumpkin pie - gfJules

Essential Thanksgiving Recipes:

Sweets

Fresh Pumpkin Purée

Pie Crust & Video

Pumpkin Pie with Crust

Pumpkin Pie without Crust

Apple-Cranberry Cake

Upside-Down Apple Pie (vegan)

Pumpkin Cheesecake (vegan)

Maple-Pumpkin Cobbler (vegan)

Pecan Pie (vegan)

bake-gluten free pumpkin-pie for Thanksgiving

 

And don’t forget the Gluten-Free Breads!

gluten free soft 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

Stuffing

gluten free baguette with cranberry chutney - gfJules

gluten free baguette with cranberry chutney

 

Save room for casseroles and sides!

Butternut Squash Soup

Sweet Potato-Apple Soup

Green Bean Casserole with “Fried” Onions

Sweet Potato Casserole

Apple Butter, Butternut Squash Casserole

Cranberry Chutney

gluten free sweet potato casserole in pan - gfJules

 

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

Wishing you and yours a wonderful, thankful holiday!

13 thoughts on “Crash Course for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

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  2. My son Carson is 2 1/2 years old and we discovered his Celiac Disease at about 14 mos. of age. We were able to prepare a gluten free Thanksgiving meal for him.

    Jules, your flour is great! The cookies we make with the flour turn out much better than what you can buy in the store.

    • Neil- thank you so much for sharing that with me! That makes me so happy to hear and to know that he has a happy and healthy start to his life! :)

  3. I had such fail this year trying to make stuffing, as it is my first gluten free year and I’ve never had anything but Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing bags. I tried to make stuffing cubes by seasoning and toasting a loaf of Ener-G white rice loaf, but it just didn’t come out well at all. Do you have any recipes to help come close to Pepperidge Farm type stuffing?

    • J. Rose – sorry to hear that the Ener-G loaf didn’t work out well for you, but many frozen GF breads are actually too dense to absorb the broth that is added for flavoring and moisture in stuffing. The best bet is to start with a great loaf of GF bread, toast it lightly, then add the broth. I use my Sandwich Bread Mix for this purpose, eat some of the fresh bread then freeze the rest of the loaf as cubes ready for stuffing when I need it. Check out my Stuffing Recipe and video – they should help you get to where you want to be! You could also use cornbread to make stuffing – I know Pepperidge Farm has a cornbread mix as well, and cornbread is so super easy to make, that might be a good starting place for you!

  4. I just received your 5lb. flour to try for Thanksgiving recipes. Can you tell me the best way to store it. I know it says it doesn’t have to be refrigerated but there are only two of us at home and so it may take me awhile to use it all.

    Thanks, Laura

    • Great question Laura! It does have a 15 month shelf life and need not be refrigerated. I keep mine in a clear lucite container (OXO brand) with a rubber seal to keep it fresh and moisture-free. You can certainly put it in the refrigerator or freezer, but as with any flour, bring it to room temperature before measuring for accuracy.

    • Laura, This will be my first Thanksgiving cooking gluten free due to my husband was diagnosed in March of this year. Do you recommend any good stuffing recipes I could use since my original recipe called for milk toast crackers which are not gluten free.

      Thanks

      • Judy, have you downloaded my Thanksgiving Ebook??? If not, DO IT! It’s free right now, so there are no excuses!! Stuffing, pie, appetizers, sides, plus all the info you need to handle Thanksgiving at your house or someone elses! It will be delicious, you just need the information and tools to pull it all together! Download it here: http://www.julesglutenfree.com/product-p/book-hdy.htm

        • Hi I was just diagnosed with gluten intolerance. Is the gluten free thanksgiving still available for free? I downloaded the ebooks when I bought flour and non of them saved in my version of word. Is there any way you can send them again and i will just have to print the whole thing:(( I am already feeling so much better.

  5. I’m baking the turkey and making the giblet gravy to take to Mama’s for the family Thanksgiving dinner. I’m also making my own gluten free cornbread dressing. I’ve already made my gluten free breadcrumbs with herbs from a loaf of bread that didn’t rise. Really looking forward to it! Thanks for all the help.

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