Gluten-free Thanksgiving 2013
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Celiac.com 11/18/2013 - It's Thanksgiving time once again, and celiac.com is here with gluten-free information, tips and recipes to help you make the most of your gluten-free Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations!
These helpful tips will help to make a great gluten-free turkey dinner at home:
- First, always make sure you buy a 100% gluten-free turkey for your holiday dinner. Don't assume your turkey is gluten-free. Numerous brands use gluten when processing their turkeys, so be sure to read the label, and to make sure there is no hidden gluten in any of the ingredients.
- Check our extensive list of safe gluten-free foods and ingredients, along with gluten-free shopping guides to make gluten-free shopping easier.
- Brining is a great way to prepare your gluten-free turkey that will leave your guests quizzing you about your secrets to such a moist, savory bird.
- For those of you who plan a smaller Thanksgiving, consider this recipe for stuffed Cornish Game Hens. Remember, you can also brine the game hens for a extra-moist, flavorful birds.
- Next, make sure to prepare a gluten-free stuffing! Don't risk cross-contamination by putting gluten-based bread or stuffing ingredients in your turkey. Gluten-free stuffing is a holiday staple that keeps them coming back for more. Be sure to check out Celiac.com's recipe for our tried and true gluten-free holiday stuffing that will keep your guests happily coming back for seconds.
- You can find some alternative stuffing recipes on celiac.com's forum.
- Be sure to prepare gluten-free gravy. If you don't want to prepare your own, be sure to use a gluten-free gravy mix.
- Thicken homemade gravy with either corn starch, tapioca or arrowroot flour. Be careful: Bouillon cubes often contain wheat or gluten, so make sure to use only gluten-free bouillon cubes. Vegetarian boullion is also an option.
- Lastly, ordering gluten-free baking ingredients and other hard-to-find items, like prepared gluten-free pies, ahead of time will help you to spend less time cooking and more time with friends and family. Many excellent prepared gluten-free products can be ordered online and delivered directly to your door from places like the Gluten-Free Mall. Your purchases there will directly support the celiac awareness and support mission of Celiac.com.
Here's a recipe for a delicious variation on traditional mashed potatoes:
Perfect Harvest Mashed Potatoes
These harvest mashed potatoes are a nice alternative or supplement to traditional mashed potatoes.
They go great with gluten-free stuffing and gravy, or with a splash of butter.
- 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes
- 1 pound large red potatoes
- 1½ pounds sweet potatoes
- ¼ cup butter
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
- 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Boil water with a dash of salt in a large pot.
Rinse and peel all potatoes, and cut into 1-inch pieces.
Place peeled potatoes in boiling salted water, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
Drain and place in a large bowl.
Add ¼ cup butter and add the rest of the ingredients ingredients; mash with a potato masher until smooth.
Top with additional butter, if desired.
For a sure-fire dessert hit, serve up some Classic Gluten-free Holiday Pumpkin Pie.
Round out your gluten-free dinner with gluten-free side dishes from Celiac.com's extensive listing of gluten-free recipes. Meanwhile, be sure to check out these other gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes that will help make your holiday dinner a success:
- Fast Nutty Apple Crumble
- Holiday Pumpkin Bread (Gluten-Free)
- Gingerbread #2 (Gluten-Free)
- Molasses Spice Cookies (Gluten-Free)
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free)
- Soft Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free)
- Frosted Pumpkin Bars (Gluten-Free)
- Pumpkin Cheesecake with Butter Pecan Crust (Gluten-Free)
In addition to our recipes for Classic Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie, and gluten-free Ginger Crust Pumpkin Pie, we offer recipes for Gluten-free Apple Pie and 20 Recipes for Festive Gluten-free Holiday Treats.
As always, Celiac.com welcomes your comments (see below).