20 delectable, gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, plus tips for how to safely cook for someone who needs to eat gluten-free!

Photo collage of gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes

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

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls >

Photo of Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls on a plate

 

Homemade Cream of Chicken and Cream of Mushroom Soups >

Use homemade cream of chicken soup or cream of mushroom soup in any recipe that calls for the canned version. This delicious, healthier swap couldn't be simpler! | iowagirleats.com

 

Mini Crustless Pumpkin Pies >

Mini Crustless Pumpkin Pies have all the sweetness and spice of regular pumpkin pie but are gluten-free and dairy-free too!  | iowagirleats.com

 

Maple-Pecan Apple, Cranberry, Sweet Potato Crisp >

Hero photo of Maple-Pecan Apple, Cranberry, Sweet Potato Crisp

 

Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole >

Casserole dish of Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole with Garlic Butter Mushrooms

 

Gluten-Free Chex Mix >

 

Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole >

Gluten-Free Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

 

Roasted Poblano and Sausage Breakfast Casserole >

Gluten-Free Roasted Poblano and Sausage Breakfast Casserole is deliciously filling with a warming, mild spice. Easy to make ahead, too! | iowagirleats.com

 

Brown Bag Baked Ham >

Brown Bag Baked Ham produces an unbelievably juicy and tender ham that's holiday-table ready! | iowagirleats.com

 

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts >

Skillet of Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts

 

Best-Ever Wild Rice Stuffing >

Best Ever Wild Rice Stuffing is full of fall flavors like herbs, bacon, mushrooms, parmesan, dried cranberries, almonds, and garlic. A delicious side for the holidays! | iowagirleats.com

 

Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad >

 

Gluten-Free Party Potatoes Deluxe >

Gluten-Free Party Potatoes Deluxe has all the decadent, craveable flavor as the original, but is completely gluten-free! | iowagirleats.com

 

Cauliflower Gratin >

Cauliflower Gratin is perfectly cheesy and unbelievably easy! Serve as a yummy gluten-free and vegetarian side dish with any meal. | iowagirleats.com

 

Skinny Sweet Potato Gratin >

Skinny Sweet Potato Gratin tastes decadent yet is light, healthy, gluten-free and easily made dairy-free. A great swap for heavy, cream-laden holiday dishes! | iowagirleats.com

 

Green Beans with Garlic Butter Sage Breadcrumsb >

Green Beans with Brown Butter Garlic-Sage Breadcrumbs are made in 1 skillet and in 20 minutes. Serve as a beautiful and flavorful, gluten-free holiday side dish! | iowagirleats.com

 

Warm Fig and Prosciutto Goat Cheese Dip >

5-Ingredient Warm Fig and Prosciutto Goat Cheese Dip will be a hit at your next party! Layers of goat cheese and prosciutto, fig jam, and pistachios scooped up with gluten-free crackers will leave a lasting impression. | iowagirleats.com

 

Fruit and Marshmallow Holiday Salad >

Fruit and Marshmallow Holiday Salad is a staple on my family's holiday dinner table. Easy to assemble and loved by all. Enjoy for dessert or as special holiday side dish! | iowagirleats.com

 

Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls >

Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls are prepped in 5 minutes and bake in under 30 minutes. A soft, doughy, and totally craveable gluten-free side dish for dinner! | iowagirleats.com

 

Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash >

Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash is easy and delicious. Serve as a fresh and seasonal gluten-free side with any weeknight or holiday meal! | iowagirleats.com