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Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted By Carol Kicinski On November 17, 2010 @ 3:15 pm In Holidays | 28 Comments

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Gluten-free Gravy, Béchamel, and Cornbread Sausage Stuffing


Gluten-free Gravy

2¼ cups gluten-free chicken stock (or you can use turkey drippings plus chicken stock to equal 2 cups)
2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 medium white or yellow onions, chopped
½ cup unsalted butter, non-dairy butter substitute like Earth Balance or turkey fat
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
Giblets from the turkey which have been cooked and finely diced – optional
2 tablespoons heavy cream – optional

Gluten-free Béchamel (White Sauce)

2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
2 cups milk – use divided
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large white onions – chopped
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 cup heavy cream


2 large eggs
1½ cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups Kinnikinnick gluten free cornbread mix
2 tablespoons sugar


Dried cornbread crumbles from above recipe
1 pound country sausage
¾ cup unsalted butter or Earth Balance
1 medium bunch celery, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
3 small leeks, cleaned and sliced
2 large eggs, beaten
1½ tablespoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 – 2 cups gluten-free chicken stock


Gluten-free Gravy

Mix ¼ cup chicken stock with the cornstarch or arrowroot and set aside.

In a large skillet cook the onions with butter, Earth Balance or turkey fat over medium-low heat until they are very soft and lightly browned. Add the remaining chicken stock, salt pepper and poultry seasoning. Increase heat and bring to a mild boil. Add the cornstarch mixture and bring back to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly for 1 – 2 minutes or until thick. Add the giblets and cream if desired, stir well and taste for seasoning. Add a little more salt, pepper and or poultry seasoning if needed. Serve warm.

Makes about 3 cups of gravy.

White Sauce: Again, making a gluten-free white sauce (or more technically Béchamel Sauce) is crazy easy! White sauce is a base for things like creamed spinach and a host of other dishes. I use it as a base for my Gluten-free Spinach Gratin which is FABULOUS and can be found here. If you are dairy free, substitute the butter for Earth Balance and the milk and cream for coconut milk or dairy free milk of your choice, the coconut milk will give it a thicker consistency but may have slight coconut taste which you can counter act with seasoning.

Gluten-free Béchamel (White Sauce)

Mix the cornstarch or arrowroot with ¼ cup milk and set aside.

Melt butter in a heavy bottomed sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent and very soft but not browned, about 15 minutes. Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook for about 2 more minutes. Add rest of milk and heavy cream to onion mixture and cook until just boiling, about 5 minutes. Add the cornstarch and milk mixture, bring back to a boil and cook, stirring for 1 – 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning is needed.

And now for my personal favorite part of the meal – the stuffing!

Gluten Free Cornbread Sausage Stuffing

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8 inch square baking dish with gluten-free non-stick cooking spray.

Whisk all ingredients in a large mixing bowl just until combined. A few lumps are ok. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cornbread cool and then crumble onto a baking dish and let dry out over night.

Place cornbread crumbles in a large mixing bowl. Cook the sausage over medium heat until fully cooked. Pour off the fat and add ½ cup of butter or Earth Balance. Add the chopped celery, onions and leeks. Cook until the vegetables are translucent but not too browned, about 10 minutes. Add the sausage/vegetable mixture into the bowl with the cornbread crumbles along with the melted butter and add the eggs, poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix well. Add just enough chicken stock to make the mixture moist but not mushy.

Stuff the cavity of the turkey with some of the stuffing being careful not to overfill. Place the rest of the stuffing into a butter casserole dish. Pour about ¼ cup more stock over the top of the stuffing and dot the top with the remaining butter that has been cut into small pieces. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.


This gluten free recipe makes enough to stuff a 20 pound turkey with an extra casserole.

I wish you all a very happy, safe, and deliciously gluten-free Thanksgiving!

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