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:

  • Photo: CC--crd!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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:
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.

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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:

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.

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