Making Gluten Free A Family Tradition

You don't have to give up any of your old Thanksgiving standard menu items even though they will have to be gluten free! Many vegetable recipes are already gluten free naturally - Even more reason to eat veggies!
Of course any recipe with gluten - like wheat flour - will have to be adapted.

Children are best adapted to a gluten free lifestyle when they can still eat their favorite foods. Although cooking gluten free is challenging at times, most favorite recipes can be adapted to suit the individual dietary needs with ease.

We have compiled a Thanksgiving meal to share which will cover several of the traditional favorites of many people at this time of year.

Here are some ideas on making stuffing, pies, green bean casseroles, and dinner rolls - in fact, your children or guests will not even realize they are eating GF!

Southern Cornbread Dressing (gluten free style)

(Remember: No more Stovetop or Pepperidge Farm Stuffing!)

1 Medium pan of gluten free cornbread crumbled

Equal amount of gluten free bread cubed and toasted

Toss together

Add 1 Tsp. of poultry seasoning and 1 Tbsp. of sage, salt & pepper

(Once completely mixed, taste and adjust seasoning to your liking)

4 Stalks of celery chopped

1 large onion chopped

Saute celery and onion in 1 Tbsp. of butter or oil and add to bread mixture

Add gluten free Chicken Broth to make a very wet mixture. (Depending on the amount of bread crumbs – You will need 3-4 cans of chicken broth or 1 large carton)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt 1 stick of butter in a casserole dish.

Add stuffing mixture on top of melted butter

Bake for 1 hour.


Green bean casserole is back on the menu!
Use your standard recipe with the following changes:

Gluten Free Mommy has a great recipe for making french fried onions .
And Progresso is now making a gluten free mushroom soup - with these ingredients, your traditional casserole is now gluten free!

Holiday Gluten Free Pie Crust

Good for sweet potato and pumpkin pies - or any custard pie like Key Lime, lemon, etc.

2 1/2 cups ground pecans in food processor

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Stir together ground nuts, cinnamon, and sugar. Mix in melted butter.

Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9 inch, deep-dish style, pie pan. Chill the unbaked crust in the refrigerator for about 30 to 45 minutes..

Place pie crust on a cookie sheet, and position on the middle rack of a preheated 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. WATCH it carefully, as nut crusts burn easily; they DON'T have to turn black to taste burnt!

Cool completely before filling.

(I do not prebake when using it for potato or pumpkin pies - )

You can also use almonds to make this. And if you would like, add about 1/2 cup of gluten free flour such as rice or tapioca to the nut mix if you are making a potato or pumpkin pie - this also works well.

If you are looking for a mix for a regular gf pie crust, try Chebe -has great reviews on Amazon. Also, Gluten Free Pantry is another good choice.

Easy Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Makes 12 small rolls

2 Tablespoons sweet cream butter, softened

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 package Chebe all-purpose gluten-free baking mix - (Important to use Chebe- you can get it on Amazon if it is not in local stores)

5-6 Tablespoons whole milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

In a medium mixing bowl, using a fork or spoon, mix butter with sugar, add eggs and the Chebe all-purpose mix. Stir until the mixture forms even-sized crumbs. Add 3 tablespoons milk and mix. Add 2-3 more tablespoons milk and continue to stir with spoon. Once the mixture is almost even, work with your hands until smooth. Divide dough in quarters and then break into three pieces and roll into balls. Place each roll onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.

At 10 minutes, rotate cookie sheet. After another 8 minutes remove from oven and gently top with a bit of butter (I just use a stick of butter and glide it over the top). Return to oven and continue to cook for 2-7 minutes or until very-lightly browned.

As you are getting ready for more holiday dinners and celebrations, these will please your guests and no one will ever suspect how easy they were to make or that they are gluten-free!

*Recipes by Brenda Holland and sources cited. All photos are from photobucket.*

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