Gluten Free Thanksgiving Holiday Stuffing to go along with the Roasted Turkey is almost a must have in our house. My wife always asks me about the stuffing before we even start looking for a Free range turkey.
While she does not focus on a gluten free menu she does want to stay as close to a Whole Foods lifestyle as possible. I find both of these lifestyles work well together with very little need to adjust to many recipes. Once the kitchen is set up to be gluten free, whole foods fit in there nicely. So, she gets her Holiday stuffing and I cook gluten free. Oh, if you like the stuffing, you do not need to wait for a holiday to enjoy it. It goes very well with chicken or quale.
Here is a Gluten Free Thanksgiving Holiday stuffing with many options.
- 2 cups home made gluten free chicken stock
- 4 cups peeled and medium diced yellow onion
- 4 cups medium diced celery
- 3+ cups Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 4 to 6 Tablespoons poultry seasoning
- ½ tsp dried sage
- Butter to grease baking dish with
- The day before, buy a loaf of gluten free bread, toast each slice, cut it into small squares.and let it dry.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use butter to grease one large roasting dish. About 6 x 8 if you have it.
- In a large bowl, mix up the chopped onion and celery.
- Add the remaining ingredients except chicken broth and mix well to combine.
- When well combined, add chicken brother, making sure there is enough to dampen all the ingredients.
- When well combined, place into the baking dish, pressing down lightly so that it is even across the dish.
- Bake for one hour. You can bake it alongside the turkey for the last hour that the turkey is roasting.
Yes there are Free Range Turkeys available but it takes a little looking to find them. They cost more but they have not been injected with a water mix to add weight to them. Next time you are in your supermarket, check the turkeys, somewhere around the ingredients you will find something telling you they have been injected….all that water adds weight and not much more.
There are some options that we use at our house, I will add about 16 ounces of sausage that I have sauteed. I have found that Bob Evens sausage is labeled Gluten Free, however Jimmy Deans is not so I don’t go there.
Sun-Made Raisins are produced in a gluten free plant so that is our choice to add to the dressing before roasting, in this case about 3 or 4 ounces.
My wife really enjoys pecans and because they are gluten free, I dice up about half a cup and add to the mixture before baking.
If you add any of the above to the recipe you will need to add a little more gluten free chicken stock so that the mixture is moist before baking.
One last thing I do, when the turkey is about half roasted, I scoop up some of the fat dripping and add it over the stuffing, which is roasting at the same time. This adds a lot to the flavor.
There are many items that you can add to your gluten Free Thanksgiving Holiday stuffing that with just a little research you can indeed make a stuffing that is gluten free but even your friends that are not gluten free, are sure to love.
Now if you are not going to get a free range bird, Both Butterball and Perdue state that their turkeys are gluten free except for the pre-stuffed turkeys, which you do not want anyway.
Enjoy your Gluten Free Thanksgiving Holiday Stuffing…..