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.

Quinoa Stuffing - Yum!

Quinoa Stuffing - Yum!

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:

What kind of stuffing will your family make this year?