For people with Celiac’s disease, those with gluten allergies or intolerances or simply those trying to cut back on their gluten intake, Thanksgiving can be fraught with temptations. Insidious gluten can show up everywhere from the pie crust to the stuffing to the gravy. It can be difficult to enjoy the food-centric holiday when you’re constantly worrying about whether or not something has gluten. But don’t worry! With a few simple tips and recipe adjustments, you can have all the foods you love–with none of the gluten. Here are our tips for a very gluten-free Thanksgiving.
- Cornbread can be a savior–but be careful. Cornbread is a traditional food on many Thanksgiving tables, and its name can easily deceive people into believing it’s gluten-free. However, a great deal of cornbread contains a mix of corn meal and wheat flour, which is a problem. Instead, look for cornbread mixes that are explicitly gluten-free, or try using a mixture of pure cornmeal and a gluten-free flour, like soy flour.
- Avoid stuffing situations. This bready mixture is always a favorite, but most bread includes gluten. As we said above, look for bread that qualifies itself as gluten-free, or use gluten-free cornbread. You might also look into stuffing alternatives like spoon bread, which give you the same sort of texture and flavor but without the gluten. Our version includes fall flavors like butternut squash, pinto beans and tons of fresh herbs.
- Make great gravy. You can find store-bought gluten-free gravy, but everyone knows the best Thanksgiving gravy is made using the drippings from your homemade turkey. Substitute gluten-free flour for the regular stuff–find a recipe for the ratios here. And happily, cornstarch is gluten free, so you’ve got a great thickener open to you.
- Pie problems. Hey, you can have your pie and eat it too this holiday season. More and more bakers are hopping on the gluten-free train, so you can often find frozen or refrigerated gluten-free pie crusts at your grocery store. Or go homemade and think outside the box by using a non-traditional crust, like this version made with pecans. The crunchy texture can make you see your favorite classic pies in a whole new way.
Thanksgiving can still be enjoyable and delicious, even on a gluten-free diet. It just takes a little planning ahead, a little knowledge of the gluten trouble spots, and a willingness to try new things. What are your favorite tips for a gluten-free Thanksgiving?
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