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#46 celiac-mommy

 
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:36 AM

I've heard people say they use "Funyuns" as the topping.


That is a GREAT idea!!
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:45 PM

If you don't have enough (or any) drippings, you can make motherless gravy. Make a roux with gluten free flour ( I use Wm Sanoma's cup-4-cup) and butter. Then whisk in a good well flavored broth, beef or chicken to match your meat. Emeril's and Rachel Ray's are both gluten free. Simmer to the thickness you want. Season with salt and pepper. Makes good gravy. I do this to make open faced roast beef sandwhiches with deli beef.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:52 PM

This is also my first Thanksgiving gluten free. Any idea how to make green bean casserole. Cream of mushroom soup seems hard to come by, and french fried onion rings are out.

Pacific makes a cream of mushroom, chicken and celery that are all gluten-free and interchangable with Campbell's. For the onion rings... cut a leek (white only) into match sticks and fry quickly in an inch or so of oil. They get really crunchy, but work best if you put them on the casserole after it has baked.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 12:55 PM

So to make gravy for biscuits, do that and add milk instead of broth?
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:47 AM

Lst year I attended the community Thanksgiving dinner our American Legion puts on every year. Everything is homemade from scratch and it is all SO GOOD! All of my friends go there now too. Of course I brought all of my own sides, but I did risk the turkey, which wasn't stuffed. Bad mistake. I think the turkey was injected with something that had corn in it. Or maybe it was CC, I don't know.

My local gluten free store had a free class last night on how to plan an allergy free thanksgiving. Lots of good tips and recipes. I think I might post them. The lady conducting the class is married to a "meat man", aka butcher. She surprised all of us by telling us that turkeys are not all gluten free. Many are injected with a gluten-containing solution. The gravy packet inside is pretty much always a gluten product, and there is a chance of the pouch ripping, getting a pinhole, or the outside of the pouch being cc'd during processing. Her family avoided turkeys for a couple years because of this. She also informed us that she knew people directly who were instructed to slap gluten free labels on turkeys so they would sell better, even though they were not gluten free.

This is also my first Thanksgiving gluten free. Any idea how to make green bean casserole. Cream of mushroom soup seems hard to come by, and french fried onion rings are out.

The lady who put on this class gave us this recipe. This is something I'm sure a lot of us miss. She said to make extra's because people will steal them while they are cooling, so if you want enough for your green beans, make a lot.

French Fried Onion Ring recipe
2-3 large sweet onions (shallots would be a good choice too)
Dairy free milk to soak onions in
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tsp sea salt
pepper
1 1/2 cups fluten free flour mix of choice (Hagmann's gluten-free blend is a lighter blend that is a good option)
coconut oil or oil of choic for frying

Heat oil in a large frying pan. Oil should be about 1 inch deep. Slice onions into super thin rings, and soak in dairy alternative of choice. Mix flour and spices in a ziploc bag. Dredge the onions in your flour mix. Place in oil. Do small batches. When they float towards the surface, flip over. Drain on paper towels when done.

These can be made ahead and then recrisped in the oven if they are soggy.

Another option would be to use Holgrain's onion ring batter mix.
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

This is also my first gluten free thanksgiving. Luckily my mother is supportive. My mom is preparing the bird without stuffing, I think she was going to use rice and or lemons/seasonings inside. Gravy using cornstarch or potato starch. I'm making corn bread stuffing, pumpkin pie - I've successfully used mamma's pie crus mix which is very good and forgiving if you want mess with the fats-, and cheesecake using gluten free cinnamon cookies for the crust (i've also considered gluten free ginger snaps I bet that would be awesome). We are also having a yummy yam's and apple's recipe which is traditional in my family, super good and naturally gluten free! and of course cranberry sauce. I'll probably make rolls as well. As well as another veggie yet to be determined. =) I'm sure my brothers will also bring something, I'm not sure if their stuff will be safe, We will just have to see.

Thanksgiving seems like it will probably be pretty easy. It's Christmas I'm really worried about...
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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:58 PM

My husband and I have had much discussion about the holidays. My family always had large gatherings that lasted many hours and generally had half the men dozing in food comas while the other half went off to do whatever it is men do on a holiday on a farm. The women would gather in the kitchen and just be women. In the past four years since getting married when we have tried to have family gatherings everyone just eats and leaves. No one wants to spend time together or do anything fun.

So, this coupled with knowing his family, we've just decided to cancel the holidays. Both, well all three really, permanently. We'll do a modest bird for us with a few cheap and easy sides. If I don't invite a bunch of ungrateful ingrates, no one can rush for the bread in the pantry and contaminate my leftovers and I'll be 100% stress free. :D (Because going 2 hours without gluten would be SUCH A BURDEN!!! Right?)
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:45 PM

My husband and I have had much discussion about the holidays. My family always had large gatherings that lasted many hours and generally had half the men dozing in food comas while the other half went off to do whatever it is men do on a holiday on a farm. The women would gather in the kitchen and just be women. In the past four years since getting married when we have tried to have family gatherings everyone just eats and leaves. No one wants to spend time together or do anything fun.

So, this coupled with knowing his family, we've just decided to cancel the holidays. Both, well all three really, permanently. We'll do a modest bird for us with a few cheap and easy sides. If I don't invite a bunch of ungrateful ingrates, no one can rush for the bread in the pantry and contaminate my leftovers and I'll be 100% stress free. :D (Because going 2 hours without gluten would be SUCH A BURDEN!!! Right?)

LOL..sounds like good plan? Our families seemed to get together less and less until finally 3 years ago we stopped all together. It makes the holidays much easier to deal with. I'll make a turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes and some sort of veggie. Easy stuff. Maybe a crustless pumpkin pie made with coconut milk?

Last Christmas was my first gluten-free. I made a gluten-free version of lasagna which was always a family favorite. This year will probably make a ham, because I can't do dairy, tomatoes, or rice noodles. Hard to make lasagna without those ingredients. :blink: LOL
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 03:55 PM

A friend of mine and I are threatening to go to San Diego until after Christmas! Seems easier and more relaxing.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:41 PM

Just picked up a copy of Living Without, the holiday one. Because I like to torture myself. But, tis the season and I love love love turkeys! We picked up a reasonable sized turkey yesterday and are going to cook it as soon as we can and another on Thanksgiving. The recipes look amazing, can't wait to try some. Forget the holidays I will use these all the time. Every day is a good day for a good cornbread pudding.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

Thanks for the stuffing ideas. DH is becoming more supportive (brought home some chips and a sweet that was gluten free), maybe because today makes 4 wks and I haven't gave in and ate anything :). Our thanksgiving menu is now 2 fried turkeys, ham, Mac & cheese :(, mashed potato, gravy (2- one without gluten and giblet which I won't touch), green beans, potato salad, corn, stuffing (3-sage stovetop, sausage and whatever I attempt), deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, rolls :(, crustless pumpkin pie (thanks for the idea), regular pumpkin pie and crustless pumpkin cheese cake (my mom promises gluten free). A ton of food but 15+ people in attendance. Will miss my DS, but at least he was here last year (has always went to visit his dads family in TN). Now a new issue, out of this menu what will not freeze well? We are having a pot luck family reunion on Dec 1 at my house for 60+ people, and I'm NOT willing to chance anything other than what we cook so I'm looking to make me a plate on Thanksgiving to freeze for this event.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:01 PM

Thanks for the stuffing ideas. DH is becoming more supportive (brought home some chips and a sweet that was gluten free), maybe because today makes 4 wks and I haven't gave in and ate anything :). Our thanksgiving menu is now 2 fried turkeys, ham, Mac & cheese :(, mashed potato, gravy (2- one without gluten and giblet which I won't touch), green beans, potato salad, corn, stuffing (3-sage stovetop, sausage and whatever I attempt), deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, rolls :(, crustless pumpkin pie (thanks for the idea), regular pumpkin pie and crustless pumpkin cheese cake (my mom promises gluten free). A ton of food but 15+ people in attendance. Will miss my DS, but at least he was here last year (has always went to visit his dads family in TN). Now a new issue, out of this menu what will not freeze well? We are having a pot luck family reunion on Dec 1 at my house for 60+ people, and I'm NOT willing to chance anything other than what we cook so I'm looking to make me a plate on Thanksgiving to freeze for this event.

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I wouldn't be comfortable eating any of that food as left-overs. Too many gluten items. The spoon from one gravy will likely end up in the other, a piece of the gluten dressing will fall in the gluten-free, etc.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:33 PM

Thanks for the stuffing ideas. DH is becoming more supportive (brought home some chips and a sweet that was gluten free), maybe because today makes 4 wks and I haven't gave in and ate anything :). Our thanksgiving menu is now 2 fried turkeys, ham, Mac & cheese :(, mashed potato, gravy (2- one without gluten and giblet which I won't touch), green beans, potato salad, corn, stuffing (3-sage stovetop, sausage and whatever I attempt), deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, rolls :(, crustless pumpkin pie (thanks for the idea), regular pumpkin pie and crustless pumpkin cheese cake (my mom promises gluten free). A ton of food but 15+ people in attendance. Will miss my DS, but at least he was here last year (has always went to visit his dads family in TN). Now a new issue, out of this menu what will not freeze well? We are having a pot luck family reunion on Dec 1 at my house for 60+ people, and I'm NOT willing to chance anything other than what we cook so I'm looking to make me a plate on Thanksgiving to freeze for this event.

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What of this will you be eating? Are you doing all the cooking? (sorry, I have not read the entire thread).
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:50 PM

Thanks for the stuffing ideas. DH is becoming more supportive (brought home some chips and a sweet that was gluten free), maybe because today makes 4 wks and I haven't gave in and ate anything :). Our thanksgiving menu is now 2 fried turkeys, ham, Mac & cheese :(, mashed potato, gravy (2- one without gluten and giblet which I won't touch), green beans, potato salad, corn, stuffing (3-sage stovetop, sausage and whatever I attempt), deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, rolls :(, crustless pumpkin pie (thanks for the idea), regular pumpkin pie and crustless pumpkin cheese cake (my mom promises gluten free). A ton of food but 15+ people in attendance. Will miss my DS, but at least he was here last year (has always went to visit his dads family in TN). Now a new issue, out of this menu what will not freeze well? We are having a pot luck family reunion on Dec 1 at my house for 60+ people, and I'm NOT willing to chance anything other than what we cook so I'm looking to make me a plate on Thanksgiving to freeze for this event.

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Congratulations on four weeks!

Are you hosting this meal? If so, why two gravies? Are you making the three types of stuffing? I make two since going gluten-free -- corn which I make very similar to traditional stuffing just substitute the pepperidge farm stuffing cubes I used to use with cornbread and wild rice/cranberry.

As for leftovers - as Karen said - if the meal is mixed gluten/gluten-free than I would not freeze any of the leftovers. I would suggest - and we did this our first holidays while our kitchen was still combined -- first large chunk of the turkey goes to Mama to be put safely out of the gluten eaters reach - this meat would be safe to freeze and if you are running low you could always give this portion back to re-stock the turkey platter :)

Took me quite a while to put myself first - with gluten-free items - you ALWAYS serve yourself FIRST and grab a bit for leftover if you think there will be too much food = it is always better to put your reserve back into rotation than have to toss perfectly good leftovers because of probable contamination.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:20 PM

Yes, Darvina, I would feel so uncomfortable cooking all that gluten food in my house. My kitchen is small and as careful as I would try to be, cross contamination would be inevidable.

My gluten family members like my gluten-free mac and cheese. Gravy can be made with drippings and corn starch. And Pamela's gluten-free Choc. Cake Mix is the best cake in the world. You could go totally gluten free, and I bet not too many would even notice.

Gratefully, I don't have to cook for the family this year. We are invited to my daughter's inlaws. Several sisters of son-in-law have "taken up" with the gluten free diet, so I will bring gluten-free stuffing, a veggie and a crustless pumpkin pie. She stuffs the Bird, but always has ham.

I'm looking forward to Turkey Day at the Beach.
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