Thanksgiving, a time of gratitude and togetherness, often revolves around a table filled with culinary delights. However, for those who need to eat gluten-free, it can be overwhelming and challenging. At times, I must remind myself to focus on what I can eat. With a little creativity and the right recipes, a gluten-free Thanksgiving can be just as delightful and delicious. Let's look at some ways to celebrate this holiday gluten-free.
When you think of a traditional Thanksgiving feast you think of turkey with gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, and pie. Turkey is naturally gluten-free but, you still need to check it! Many places will inject the turkey so it stays moist, sometimes this contains gluten. Always make sure your turkey is gluten-free. Stuffing can be made using gluten-free bread and gluten-free chicken broth. To make gravy gluten-free you can replace flour with cornstarch or gluten-free flour. Pies can easily be made gluten-free however the crust can be difficult a bit, more about that is below.
Thanksgiving also has an array of vibrant, nourishing vegetables. These are easy to make gluten-free and your options are endless. Here are just a few options: sweet or white potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze, butternut squash roasted with butter and maple syrup, or the traditional green bean casserole. A gluten-free green bean casserole can now be easily made thanks to gluten-free French fried onions. You will have to ensure you purchase gluten-free mushroom soup there are several brands to choose from such as Walmart, Pacific Foods, and Campbell’s. and gluten-free French fried onions. These dishes not only cater to gluten-free needs but also add a great deal of color and vitamins to your Thanksgiving table.
No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a lineup of decadent desserts. Fear not, gluten-free desserts are anything but lackluster. Whether it's a velvety pumpkin cheesecake made with a gluten-free crust, a rich flourless chocolate cake, or a fruity crumble topped with a gluten-free oats and almond blend, there's a multitude of options to satisfy your sweet tooth. My favorite gluten-free crusts are made by Wholly Gluten-free. I have tried several gluten-free crust recipes but find the dough to be quite frustrating. If you need a graham cracker or chocolate crust you can find them made by Mi-Del.
Readymade Options and Substitutions:
Thankfully there are more gluten-free options on the market, from pre-made pie crusts to gluten-free breadcrumbs, and gluten-free French fried onions. While cooking from scratch allows for a more tailored experience, these ready-made options can be a real time saver.
Community and Communication:
Thanksgiving is about coming together, and communication is key. If you're attending a gathering, don't hesitate to inform your host about your gluten-free needs. If you are not comfortable eating at someone’s house you have several options, you can host, bring your own food, or visit after dinner and bring a gluten-free dessert. The most important thing is that you feel safe and can enjoy those around you. There is no right or wrong way to enjoy Thanksgiving, ultimately it is up to you. You should do what makes you the most comfortable.
A gluten-free Thanksgiving doesn't mean sacrificing taste or tradition. It does take planning, creativity, and work but you can create a memorable feast that celebrates the essence of Thanksgiving while catering to a gluten-free diet.
As we approach this special day, let’s embrace the opportunity to explore new recipes, savor diverse flavors, and most importantly, cherish the moments shared with family and friends. Here's to a joyous, gluten-free Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter, and a table adorned with many gluten-free options.