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Your Guide to a Fabulous Gluten-free Thanksgiving Holiday!
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Celiac.com 11/11/2011 - Once again, Thanksgiving looms, as does the specter of pulling off a smooth, tasty, gluten-free dinner on the big day.
To help make that goal an easy reality, celiac.com once again offers up a heaping of gluten-free information and recipes to help make your gluten-free Thanksgiving celebrations a smashing success!
For those cooking a gluten-free turkey dinner at home, these helpful tips will make your work easier:
- First, be certain to start with a 100% gluten-free turkey for your gluten-free holiday dinner. Gluten? In my turkey? Yes! Many brands use gluten when processing their turkeys. Don't assume your turkey is gluten-free. Be sure to check the ingredients list. Celiac.com offers a fairly comprehensive list of safe gluten-free foods and ingredients, along with gluten-free shopping guides to make gluten-free shopping easier.
- Next, be certain to serve only gluten-free stuffing! Accept no substitute. Don't risk putting gluten-based stuffing in your turkey. Instead, astonish and satisfy all of your guests by preparing celiac.com's delicious Best Gluten-free Holiday Stuffing Recipe.
- Lastly, prepare a simple, delicious gluten-free gravy using Celiac.com's Thanksgiving Holiday Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy recipe, or your favorite gluten-free gravy mix. Thicken homemade gravy with either corn starch or arrowroot flour.
- Be careful: Many bouillon cubes contain wheat or gluten, so make sure to use only gluten-free bouillon cubes.
Order gluten-free baking ingredients and other hard-to-find items like prepared gluten-free pies ahead of time for convenience—this will allow you to spend more time with friends and family rather than spending all of your time in the kitchen!
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Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipes:
Our Great Brined Turkey recipe offers a fabulous way to prepare your gluten-free turkey that will leave your guests quizzing you about your secrets to such a moist, savory bird.
Spiced Pumpkin Soup makes a delightful holiday treat for yourself, your family, or your guests.
Gluten-free Stuffing is a holiday staple that keeps them coming back for more.
Meanwhile, our recipe for Red Pepper Pumpkin Seeds is sure to delight, and makes a great addition to the holiday snack bowl.
In addition to our ever-popular recipe for Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie, we offer this delicious variation:
Ginger Crust Pumpkin Pie:In anticipation of the next two months worth of feasting, I’ve been tinkering with this Thanksgiving classic. The crust is perfectly spiced and also goes well with sweet potato pies. A dollop of fresh whipped cream and you’re good to go. Coconut flakes also make a tasty topping.
1 ½ cups gluten-free gingersnaps
½ cup walnuts
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 ¼ cup canned pumpkin
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon each ground ginger, cloves, and cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly butter a 9-inch pie dish.
For the crust, combine cookies, walnuts, brown sugar, and nutmeg in a food processor and grind to a powder. Slowly add melted butter and pulse until mixture forms clumps. Spread evenly over the pie dish press down until tightly packed. Set aside.
In the bowl of a mixer, combine pumpkin and condensed milk. Add sugar and salt and beat until well-combined. Add eggs, then vanilla and spices.
Pour filling into the unbaked pie crust and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack before serving.
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