Preparing a gluten-free Thanksgiving meal

by Julie Snyder

Gluten-Free ThanksgivingYou do pretty well with your gluten-free diet most of the year. If you suffer from Celiac disease, you have to make sure you don't eat any all!

Thanksgiving, though, can be another story.

As soon as November rolls around, you find yourself asking, "How can I make stuffing?" or "Can I find a pie crust recipe that tastes better than sawdust?"

When you get right down to it, you're wondering how you can make a Thanksgiving meal exactly the way you've always enjoyed it, but without the gluten.

You can do it and here's how.

Your guide to gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner

Start with the turkey

Start with a 100 percent gluten-free turkey for your gluten-free holiday dinner. Gluten in a turkey? Yes!

Many brands use gluten when processing their turkeys so you can't assume every turkey is gluten-free. Check the ingredient list or read through the list of safe, gluten-free foods on Celiac.com.

Serve a gluten-free stuffing

If you search around, you'll be able to find a gluten-free stuffing mix. Another alternative is to make your own. Toast or bake gluten-free bread slices in the oven. Cut into cubes and follow your tried and true recipe.

Prepare the gravy

You have three options for a delicious gluten-free gravy:

1. Thicken homemade gravy with either corn starch or arrowroot flour
2. Make a roux with gluten-free flour
3. Buy a jar of gluten-free gravy

Add safe side dishes

We have gluten-free recipes that would love to grace your Thanksgiving table. If one of these doesn't suit, search around the web for the perfect accompaniments.

Roasted butternut and pear salad
Spicy pumpkin soup with toasted pepitas
Garlic mashed potatoes
Green beans with almonds
Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus bundles
Roasted sweet potatoes with balsamic drizzle
Sweet potato and apple bake
Zesty cranberry sauce

Gingersnap pumpkin pie

Pick up a package of gluten-free gingersnaps. They make a crust that tastes perfect with a pumpkin pie. Crush about 30 gingersnaps. You'll need 1 1/4 cups of crumbs. Combine the crumbs with 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Press into the bottom and sides of an 8-inch pie plate. Add a tablespoon crystalized ginger for even more flavor.

Fill with your favorite gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe, bake and enjoy!

Which one dish makes Thanksgiving seem complete to you? Share your adapted recipe.

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