20 delectable, gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, plus tips for how to safely cook for someone who needs to eat gluten-free!
Although our Christmas tree is up and festive decorations are out (have to give a shout out to these and these, which are new to us this year!) Thanksgiving is this Thursday, wohoo! Bring on the parade, cinnamon rolls, and mimosas – plus dinner (and stretchy pants), of course. My annual Thanksgiving recipe roundup is one of my very favorites to write, as the thought of your family enjoying my family’s recipes is such a thrill and honor.
This year I’m focusing on sharing my favorite traditional Thanksgiving recipes, all made gluten-free. I love showing how eating gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a bountiful, holiday feast – in fact, someone who doesn’t need to eat gluten-free would never, ever know these recipes are GF.
Before we get to the recipes, I always get a ton of requests for tips on how to cook for someone who eats gluten-free. I think the idea causes a lot of anxiety for both parties. The person cooking wants to make sure the GF person feels comfortable and safe eating what they’ve prepared, while the GF person has a whole mess of emotions going on as well. It can be an awkward, slippery for sure, but follow these tips for a fun and tasty time – sans damaging immune response! Let me know if you have any specific questions I didn’t address and I’ll update this list pronto.
How to Safely Cook for Someone Who Eats Gluten-Free:
- Purchase an inexpensive plastic cutting board from the grocery store for preparing GF dishes. Scratches in cutting boards, especially wooden ones, hold onto gluten.
- Purchase an inexpensive strainer if needed for draining potatoes for mashed potatoes – think of all the regular pasta you’ve drained in there!
- Cook/simmer/saute in stainless steel pans if possible, as gluten can hang out in the scratches in nonstick cookware.
- Use stainless steel measuring cups and spoons, and silicone spatulas – no wood spoons or utensils.
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper, foil, or a silpat for roasting vegetables or baking gluten-free cookies.
- Even better, use disposable aluminum pans versus glass or nonstick bakeware if possible.
- Check to see that spices and spice blends are gluten-free. I use Tone’s, which are gluten-free and very inexpensive.
- Scoop a portion of gluten-free dips into a separate container for the GF diner, as the entire dish can become contaminated if dunked into with non gluten-free crackers, crostini, etc.
- Read all labels carefully and avoid products that have a “made in a facility that also processes wheat” disclaimer on the package.
- Ask the gluten-free diner for help! Trust me, we already feel like enough of a burden and would provide any and all of the above – bring cookware, strainers, measuring cups, any number of prepared dishes – and if you have a question, just ask.
Now onto the recipes!
20 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes