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Homemade Thanksgiving Stuffing

Old fashioned Thanksgiving stuffing is my absolute favorite thing in the whole wide world.

It’s a dish we only eat once a year. Maybe twice if we’re lucky.

Yet it’s the one dish I could not live without on the Thanksgiving table. I could give up sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, or even turkey if I had to… But not rich buttery herbaceous stuffing.

That’s why when we discovered our daughter Ava had developed an extreme allergic reaction to gluten a couple of years ago (right before the holidays) we were all devastated for her.

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Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe

That year, we tweaked as many holiday recipes as we could to eliminate gluten. We used gluten-free baking mix to make turkey gravy and pumpkin pie, and found gluten-free yeast rolls at the grocery store.

For the most part, Ava still had a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Yet sadly, the gluten-free stuffing recipe we found was a disaster.

I died a little inside when I tasted it. Ava opted not to eat stuffing that year.

Since then, we have created our own Amazing Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe. One we are proud of. In fact, it tastes exactly like my favorite Thanksgiving stuffing!

The rich robust taste of butter, fresh herbs, broth, and cranberries are so aromatic and inviting, you won’t even miss the wheat!

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Best Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe Tips

These are our tips for making gluten-free stuffing that is just as alluring as regular stuffing…

  • Use the best Gluten-Free white bread you can find. Cut the bread into cubes and toast the cubes in the oven so they hold their shape after you add liquid.
  • Amp up the other ingredients. You never realize what a distinctly iconic flavor wheat has, until you stop eating it. In order to not miss the wheat in the Thanksgiving stuffing, you must add more pops of freshness than you might overwise. After all, stuffing is primarily bread, butter, and herbs, so make the butter and herbs count! Dried cranberries are another great distraction. The tangy-sweetness balances the savory flavors.
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Gluten Free Stuffing Ingredients

To make the best Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing you will need…

  • Gluten-Free White Sandwich Bread – Try a couple different gluten-free sandwich breads before Thanksgiving to determine which one you like best. Use you favorite in the stuffing! (Ava loves Canyon Bakehouse.)
  • Butter – Stuffing is meant to be decadent. Do not reduce the butter.
  • Sweet onion – Peeled and chopped.
  • Celery – Sliced or diced.
  • Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme – It’s hard not to sing this line up, right? Make sure to buy (or pick) fresh herbs.
  • Dried cranberries – To add color, tang, and a touch of sweetness.
  • Turkey stock – You can also use chicken broth or vegetable broth if you prefer.
  • Eggs – To bind the stuffing together.
  • Salt and pepper – The bring all the rich flavors forward.
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How To Make Gluten-Free Stuffing

  1. Toast the Bread Cubes. Cut the gluten-free bread into cubes. Spread the cubes out on the baking sheet and toast in the oven until crisp and golden.
  2. Sauté the Vegetables and Herbs. Meanwhile, chop the onion, celery, and herbs. Sauté the vegetables and fresh herbs in butter to soften.
  3. Add in the Liquids. Pour in the turkey stock, eggs, and cranberries. Mix well.
  4. Combine and Toss. Once the bread cubes come out of the oven, pour them in a baking dish. Gently mix the bread cubes with the vegetables and broth until well combined.
  5. Bake. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake!

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Vegetarian or Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing?

This brilliant stuffing recipe is already gluten-free and meat-free. However, it is made with butter, eggs, and poultry stock. If you need to adjust it further, here are some ideas…

Vegetarian Stuffing

To make Vegetarian Thanksgiving Stuffing, simply replace the turkey stock with vegetable broth.

Dairy-Free Stuffing

To make a dairy-free stuffing variation, swap the butter with a vegan butter substitute.

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Vegan Stuffing

The make a Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing, substitute vegetable broth for the turkey broth, vegan butter for dairy butter, and vegan egg substitute for the eggs.

You can also use “chai eggs” or “flax eggs” for the eggs in this recipe.

Other Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe Swaps

If you have an aversion to any of the herbs you can omit them. Yet make sure to use more of the other herbs to create intense herb flavor.

If you do not like dried cranberries, use dried cherries instead.

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Amazing Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
The Most Amazing Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe: The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing we've ever made, is easily converted to a Gluten-Free Recipe!
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 12 cups Gluten-Free White Sandwich Bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (from 1 large loaf, or 2 average loaves)
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cup turkey stock (or chicken broth)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Set out a 9 X 13 inch baking dish, a large rimmed baking sheet, and a large saute pan (or skillet.)
  • Cut the gluten-free bread into cubes. Spread the cubes out on the baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, chop the onion, celery, and herbs. Set the sauté pan over medium heat and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, sauté the onions and celery for 3 minutes to soften.
  • Add the fresh herbs and sauté another 1-2 minutes. Then turn off the heat.
  • Pour the dried cranberries, and turkey stock into the saute pan. Add 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Stir to combine and lower the temperature. Then stir in the eggs until well combined. (Make sure the mixture is just a little warm before adding the eggs, so they don't cook.)
  • Once the bread cubes come out of the oven, pour them in the 9 X 13 inch baking dish. Pour the broth and vegetable mixture over the cubes and toss. Gently mix until well combined. Then spread the stuffing out evenly in the pan.
  • Cover the dish tightly with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. If you would like the top to be crispy, you can take the foil off the last 5-8 minutes. Serve warm.

Notes

For a vegetarian version, use vegetable stock instead of turkey stock. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup, Calories: 196.28kcal, Carbohydrates: 10.29g, Protein: 2.5g, Fat: 16.83g, Saturated Fat: 10.16g, Cholesterol: 76.71mg, Sodium: 202.5mg, Potassium: 125.89mg, Fiber: 1.18g, Sugar: 7.03g, Vitamin A: 728.89IU, Vitamin C: 4.46mg, Calcium: 32.17mg, Iron: 0.68mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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8 comments on “Amazing Gluten-Free Stuffing”

  1. This is pretty much the stuffing I make and have grown up with except we add sage sausage and it is the best part of dinner. I am wondering where to get the bread without breaking the bank. I have only seen small loaves, like 10 to 12 slices for $8 a loaf. The hardest part of having celiac is the out rageous cost of f2f food. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Looks so amazing!

  3. Great – we really enjoyed your recipe. We are always looking for a good gluten free recipe. I’m going to make it again for Thanksgiving!

  4. This is so perfect for my family members who are intolerant! Can’t wait to use this!

  5. This is such a great recipe to add to my Thanksgiving menu!

  6. This gluten-free stuffing is amazing! Tons of flavors packed into one little dish!

  7. Wow, this is going on my holiday list b/c so many people want gluten free, and this looks so good! I’m glad to hear it tastes the same or better than the gluten variety! Giving this a try this year.

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