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Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by a dish of wet and spongy stuffing sitting across from you at the holiday dinner table?!

(Hands raised and waving wildly here.)

Trust me when I tell you that you can let your guard down for Gluten Free Stuffing with Sausage and Parmesan. This buttery, herby, equal parts crispy and tender gluten free stuffing recipe will make a convert out of even the most die hard stuffing haters (which up until two weeks ago was led by me!)

A fragrant dish of this gluten free stuffing will never not be on my holiday table from this day forward – it is side dish perfection!

scoop of gluten-free stuffing on a plate

Easy Gluten-Free Stuffing

I’ve always loved the idea of thwacking a huge scoop of stuffing next to my turkey and mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, before drowning it all in gravy, but could never get past the texture of boxed stuffing. Like I said, spongy and wet while simultanesouly pasty and dry? Totally not the case with this super easy stuffing recipe that’s made with everyday ingredients – no box required.

Toasted gluten free bread cubes are tossed with sizzling Italian sausage, savory parmesan cheese, buttery vegetables, and more fresh herbs and garlic than you can shake a stick, then drizzled with just enough chicken broth to create a stuffing that’s creamy in the center and crispy on top after baking.

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The amount of PURE FLAVOR in each forkful is indescribable beyond incredible! Definitely rivaling Party Potatoes Deluxe as my new favorite holiday side dish. I love the combination of garlic, fresh herbs, sausage, and parmesan cheese. If you’ve ever had my Best Ever Wild Rice Stuffing then you know that parmesan is slightly surprising but must have addition to your stuffing. It creates little melty pockets in each scoop that are so, so yummy.

Best Gluten-Free Bread to Use

The good news is that making gluten free bread stuffing is as simple as using a gluten free loaf of bread in the mix instead of regular white bread. I tested this recipe using an 18oz loaf of Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White bread which I simply cut into 1/2″ cubes then toasted/dried out in the oven before tossing with the rest of the ingredients.

No need to cut off the crusts, no oil needed – just cube and bake! You can use whatever loaf you love or have on hand as long as it’s somewhere around 18oz (ie a little over a pound). The Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White holds up super well in this recipe though if you’re able to find it.

Make it Dairy Free

This gluten free stuffing can be made dairy free by using vegan butter to saute the vegetables, and dairy free parmesan cheese. I recently tried Forager vegan parmesan cheese and it totally tasted like the real thing! Also, be sure check that the gluten free bread you’re using is dairy free if not using the Canyon Bakehouse loaf I recommend.

Can I Make it Ahead of Time?

The extra amazing part about this recipe is that it can be assembled a day ahead of time. Follow the recipe up to the point of baking then cover and refrigerate. Let the baking dish sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or so before baking like normal. Such a great time saver when you’re cooking a bunch of dishes for a big holiday meal and need to offload some of the responsibility a day ahead of time.

So what say you – will you give this gluten free stuffing a go this year?!

spoon scooping out gluten free bread stuffing from a baking dish

How to Make Gluten Free Stuffing

Start by toasting a loaf of gluten free bread. Cut the slices into 1/2″ cubes then place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven until the cubes are dry and golden brown, 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through. They don’t need to be rock hard like croutons — just dried out and golden brown.

gluten free bread cubes toasting on a baking sheet

Meanwhile, brown sweet Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat then drain and set aside.

italian sausage browning in a skillet on the stove

Put the skillet back over medium heat then melt butter inside. Once melted, add chopped celery and onion, season with salt and pepper to taste, then saute until tender. Add chopped fresh herbs including sage, thyme, and rosemary, plus tons of minced garlic, then saute until the mixture is extremely fragrant, another 2-3 minutes.

celery and onions sauting in a skillet

Everybody into the pool! Add the browned sausage, vegetable mixture, and toasted bread cubes plus freshly grated parmesan cheese to an extra large bowl then mix to combine.

ingredients for best gluten free stuffing recipe in a mixing bowl

Drizzle a mixture of whisked eggs and chicken broth or stock over the ingredients then stir until all the liquid has been absorbed. Scoop the stuffing into a 9×13″ baking dish, or divide the mixture between two medium-sized baking dishes like an 8×8″ or 9×9″, then cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

easy gluten free stuffing in a baking dish

Uncover then bake for another 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and sizzling. YUM, you guys! SO MUCH YUM!!!! So glad that we can now partake in and enjoy this classic Thanksgiving side dish, made gluten free (and palatable). Such a treat and so easy to make, too. I hope this Gluten Free Stuffing is a hit this holiday season, and for many more to come – enjoy!

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Gluten Free Stuffing with Sausage and Parmesan

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Description

Gluten Free Stuffing with Sausage and Parmesan is exploding with fall flavor! This simple side dish is a must have for your holiday dinner table.

Ingredients

serves 8-10 as a side dish

  • 18oz loaf gluten free white bread, sliced into 1/2" cubes (I like Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White)
  • 1lb gluten free sweet Italian sausage (I like Johnsonville)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 cups gluten free chicken stock or broth (I like Kirkland)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add bread cubes to a parchment paper lined baking sheet then spread into an even layer and bake until toasted and dried out, 15-20 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Bread cubes don’t need to be rock hard like croutons, but should be dry and golden brown. Can be done several days ahead of time. Cool then store in an airtight container.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage then brown (I prefer to leave the sausage in larger hunks vs breaking it down finely) and drain. Set aside.
  3. Place skillet back onto burner then turn heat down to medium. Melt butter then add onion and celery, season with salt and pepper, and saute until vegetables are tender, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic and fresh herbs then saute until very fragrant, 2-3 more minutes.
  4. Add cooked sausage and vegetable mixture to a very large mixing bowl then stir to combine. Add toasted bread cubes and parmesan cheese then mix to combine. Whisk egg and chicken stock together then drizzle half over the bread cube mixture. Stir until all the liquid has been absorbed then drizzle in remaining liquid and stir until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Spray 2 medium baking dishes (8x8" or 9x9") or 1 large baking dish (9x13") with nonstick spray then divide stuffing mixture between baking dishes, or add to the large one. Cover with foil then bake for 20 minutes. Uncover then bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy. Scoop onto plates then serve.

Notes

  • If you prefer a drier stuffing, cut the amount of chicken stock or broth down to 1-1/2 cups. I wouldn't call this stuffing recipe excessively moist, but if you don't like a soft center, cut back to 1-1/2 cups.
  • You may assemble this dish a day ahead of time. Follow instructions up to the point of baking then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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