Wednesday, November 12, 2014

10 Tips for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

It's almost Thanksgiving, which means time to sit down at the dinner table with family and friends and EAT. LOTS. OF. FOOD.

But if you need it to be, is all the food on your table gluten-free? Do you have people with Celiac coming to your table but have no clue how to prepare food for them?

Here are some of my favorite tips and recipes that you can use even if you're not making a gluten-free Thanksgiving!

1. YumSugar's Thanksgiving Planner
If your house is the host house for Thanksgiving, then don't do anything until you take a look at this planner. I've used this multiple times for when we hosted "friendsgiving", and it was so helpful at keeping me on schedule and organized.

2. Butterball Help Website
Even if you don't buy a Butterball turkey (hey, the one we got said "gluten-free" on it!), you can still use the Butterball help website to figure out how much turkey you'll need, how long you'll need to thaw it, and how long you'll need to cook it. Super helpful information!

3. Gluten-Free Turkeys
And speaking of gluten-free turkeys, always make sure to check your turkey's package to make sure it is gluten-free. Don't forget to check the gravy packet, too, because even if the turkey is gluten-free, the gravy might not be. You can purchase gluten-free gravy mixes separately, if needed. I've seen them at my local Walmart.

4. Butterball Gluten-Free Recipes
The Butterball website also has information on its gluten-free turkeys and other gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, so check it out!

5. Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
This is the gluten-free stuffing recipe I make EVERY YEAR. It is so good! Technically, it's a dressing because I don't stuff the turkey with it, but I guess you could use it that way! I use Bob's Red Mill gluten-free cornbread mix, Jimmy Dean pork sausage, and Pacific brand chicken broth to make this.

6. The Savvy Celiac's Tips for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
This blog post from The Savvy Celiac is a great resource, especially for non-Celiacs who are hosting Thanksgiving (or any dinner party) and have Celiac guests attending.

7. Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole
If you just can't have Thanksgiving without this staple, then check out this recipe for making it gluten-free. I haven't made this recipe myself, but it sure does look good in the pictures!

8. Katie Lee's Sage Buttermilk Biscuits
Okay, people. I am kind of obsessed with these biscuits and plan on making them this year. It's super easy to make these gluten-free, too. Just sub in gluten-free all-purpose flour!

9. Pillsbury Gluten-Free Pie Dough
If you need a gluten-free pie crust for dessert but don't want to spend time making it from scratch, this gluten-free pie dough from Pillsbury is a good alternative! It can be a little difficult to work with, so just follow the instructions and take your time. You're going to be filling the pie crust anyway, so really, no one will know what it looks like underneath!

10. Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Filling
Why not mix your brands and use the Pillsbury Gluten-Free Pie Dough, then fill it with Betty Crocker's recipe for gluten-free pumpkin pie filling? I haven't made this one because my husband doesn't like pumpkin stuff, but I'm sure it's tasty. Has Betty Crocker ever steered you wrong?

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