Gluten-Free Stuffing for Thanksgiving (Updated November 2015)

Make It From Scratch, Or Buy A Mix

You might think it would be difficult to make your traditional stuffing for Thanksgiving gluten-free. However, it's actually not difficult at all.

In fact, you've got numerous options. Interesting gluten-free stuffing recipes range from traditional bread stuffing to less-traditional alternatives, such as cornbread and wild rice stuffing. Or, if you're pressed for time, try a ready-to-make complete stuffing mix.

Some of these recipes call for specific homemade breads. However, if you don't do your own gluten-free bread baking, you can substitute slightly stale bread crumbs from any gluten-free bread. You also can buy cubed gluten-free bread that's ready-made for stuffing — Whole Foods' Gluten-Free Bakehouse offers one option.

Regardless of your needs, this list should provide some good ideas for gluten-free Thanksgiving stuffing. Once you add the spices and bake the turkey, it's quite possible that your guests will never even notice the stuffing isn't based on "traditional" gluten bread.

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Herbal Bread Dressing Recipe

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This traditional dressing, from About.com's expert on Gluten-Free Cooking, tastes just like stuffing ought to taste. It combines gluten-free bread (use the recommended rosemary bread, or just plain GF bread cubes), eggs, butter, fresh herbs, and onions.

This is a fairly complex recipe (for stuffing, that is), and it takes some time to pull together. Just remember to use a gluten-free chicken broth (either make your own or use pre-made bouillon cubes, which come in handy as gluten-free Thanksgiving ingredients). More »

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Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe

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If you're interested in making a less traditional, more unusual stuffing, this wild rice stuffing recipe from About.com's Expert on Home Cooking might fit the bill. It combines wild rice, sausage, mushrooms, cranberries and walnuts into a truly flavorful stuffing.

To make this recipe gluten-free, you'll need to buy gluten-free sausage — if you don't already have a favorite brand, check out my list here: Gluten-Free Sausage. You'll also need to double-check your wild rice package — once or twice, I've found wild rice mixes that have included gluten grains in them. More »

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Cornbread Dressing Recipe

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Cornbread dressing is traditional in some parts of the country for Thanksgiving. Of course, even if it isn't traditional where you are, you might want to use this recipe (another winner from About.com's Gluten-Free Cooking site) just because you like cornbread — I do.

If you've already got the stale cornbread, plus a few ordinary bread crumbs, this recipe shouldn't take you too long to pull together. Just make sure your dried spices are gluten-free (my Gluten-Free Spices article will give you the safest alternatives), and to use a gluten-free chicken broth (many stores offer gluten-free options, or you can use gluten-free bouillon cubes). More »

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Aleia's Gluten-Free Stuffing

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If you prefer the ease of working with a mix, you may want to try Aleia's Gluten-Free Stuffing Mixes, which come in either plain or savory. The mixes contain white rice flour, tapioca flour and potato flour, plus milk, eggs, and yeast. Aleia's is certified gluten-free by the Celiac Sprue Association, which requires testing to below 5 parts per million of gluten (the lowest detectable level).

You'll still have to do a little work to pull the mix together — each box contains a recipe that calls for adding onions, carrots, celery, butter and gluten-free chicken stock. However, these mixes still should save you some time on Thanksgiving morning. You can buy them online or in stores in the northeastern states. More »

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Glutino's Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix

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This corn bread-style stuffing mix from Glutino contains corn starch and tapioca starch, vegetable oils, sugar, seasonings, egg whites and guar gum. Glutino warns it also may contain soy and milk.

Glutino tests its products to ensure they contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. More »

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Williams-Sonoma Gluten-Free Stuffing

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Upscale food and cooking retailer Williams-Sonoma offers a rice-based savory gluten-free stuffing base seasoned with herbes de Provence. The stuffing contains soy and is made on equipment shared with eggs, milk and tree nuts. 

Just for Thanksgiving 2015, Williams-Sonoma also is offering pre-made frozen gluten-free sausage apple cranberry stuffing, which must be ordered by Sun., Nov. 22 to arrive in time for the holiday. More »

Make Your Stuffing Memorable ... And Gluten-Free

Gluten-free stuffing really isn't much different than "traditional," gluten-y stuffing. You just need to make sure you start with gluten-free ingredients. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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