For many people, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without stuffing. If you’re gluten-free, you might think this is out of your reach (someone even commented on our facebook page that after a gluten-free dressing fiasco, their family refuses a 100% GF Thanksgiving!).
However, you can easily eliminate the gluten from your Thanksgiving stuffing, without making anyone feel like they’ve compromised on holiday traditions.
A quick precaution, before we begin: If you are attending a Thanksgiving with a gluten-containing stuffing, you might want to find out if your host will be cooking the stuffing inside the cavity of the turkey. If so, the risk of cross-contamination is significant – eater beware.
Last year we covered the basics of gluten-free stuffing made with bread. The post also has lots of recipes (including Kay’s family recipe). This year, I wanted to share some ideas for no-bread stuffing – no substitutions necessary!
Wild rice is one of the most popular alternatives for stuffing. It’s strong enough, texturally and taste-wise, to hold up to lots of different flavors. Depending on what you cook it with, it’s arguably healthier than a traditional stuffing.
The NY Times has a great recipe for wild rice stuffing that’s naturally gluten-free. I also like this gluten-free dirty rice stuffing from CD Kitchen. Of course, you’ll want to check and make sure your ingredients are gluten-free – our grocery guide can help with that.
If you don’t much care for wild rice, you can substitute your favorite gluten-free grain with no problem. Millet? Gluten-free oats? Buckwheat? All will work well with traditional Thanksgiving flavors.
A few more recipes, just to get your creative juices flowing:
- Oatmeal stuffing from Hamlyn Oats
- Millet stuffing from TLC
- Quinoa stuffing from Cooking Light
- Vegan stuffing from Bob’s Red Mill – just be sure to ignore the recipe for gluten loaf at the bottom of the page!
What kind of stuffing will your family make this year?