Another year, another gluten- or dairy-free Thanksgiving meal to prepare for. As you make dinner plans with friends and family, whether out of town or in your home, you don’t want to be dampening spirits with talk about food you CAN’T eat. So here are Gluten Free & More‘s very best gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, compiled by food type, all in one place.
Tasty gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes exist in abundance. That’s why Gluten Free & More is here to help you plan and prepare your gluten-free Thanksgiving meal in its entirety. Here in one place, we’re pleased to provide you with an assortment of turkey recipes, a wide variety of stuffings, many types of gravy and more! The best part? It’s all Celiac-safe and vegan-friendly!
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Thanksgiving is a time of inclusivity and gratitude – when everyone comes together and reflects on what they have and what they are thankful for. Thanksgiving for people with celiac disease and other food allergies is more often than not a time of frustration and an incurable sense of missing out. All our family and friends get to indulge in a huge, decadent meal, and the best we can hope for is that the salad not have croutons mixed in, or that the mashed potatoes don’t contain milk.
Not only are all of the Thanksgiving recipes here gluten-free, but many are also dairy-free, nut-free and sugar-free. Gluten Free & More strives to make every one of its gluten-free recipes as adaptable and delicious as possible, while still keeping things simple for you, the chef – especially during the holiday bustle!
Take the first step to creating the ultimate gluten-free Thanksgiving menu this fall by exploring the cornucopia of gluten-free Thanksgiving recipe options available below!
But before you begin, be sure to review Gluten Free & More‘s exclusive 10 Survival Tips for Gluten-Free Holiday Parties so that you don’t leave a single stone unturned this holiday season!
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While turkey birds themselves clearly do not contain gluten, there is danger in the seasoning packets they are generally sold with. Store-bought gluten-free turkeys will be labelled as such, while commercially sold turkeys without a gluten free label are dubious. If you end up with a turkey that is not certified gluten-free, do NOT use any accompanying rub or seasoning, and make your own gluten-free turkey gravy using a recipe below.
As you browse the various gluten-free turkey recipes, have an idea of what other gluten-free Thanksgiving dishes you’d like to serve at your gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner. You can accompany any of these gluten-free turkey recipes with the classic Thanksgiving fare, but the more unique gluten-free dishes might require a special gluten-free turkey pairing.
BEFORE YOU START ROASTING:
Refresh yourself with these helpful Thanksgiving turkey tips!
Now that you have your bird and are ready to tackle cooking it, here are Gluten Free & More‘s eight best gluten-free Thanksgiving turkey recipes to choose from:
American traditions holds that turkey be the main event of a Thanksgiving feast. For delicious results, make sure your gluten-free turkey is thawed completely and that the skin is dry. Season your bird generously with gluten-free poultry seasoning. This gluten-free turkey will turn golden brown and stay juicy without basting.
This is a classic gluten free Thanksgiving turkey recipe with a sweet-savory twist. Dry gluten-free white wine, molasses, and a hint of Worchestershire sauce complement the herbal components of this gluten-free holiday turkey perfectly.
The secret to making this gluten-free Thanksgiving turkey recipe is to go low and slow. Be generous with the maple syrup glaze for a gluten-free turkey that is slightly sweet and super moist, with a lightly browned skin. This recipe includes adding gluten-free stuffing to your turkey’s cavities.
This is perhaps the juiciest of our gluten-free turkey recipes. Creating a gluten-free turkey brine with maple syrup, herbs, brown sugar and peppercorns ensures a deep, complex flavor. Use the pan juices from this turkey recipe to create a gluten-free maple gravy you can use on your whole Thanksgiving meal.
Brining delivers a turkey that is juicy and tender. This gluten-free turkey recipe includes apple cider, imbuing the meat with a wonderful flavor. Similar to marinating, brining is an overnight process. Be sure your turkey is totally thawed out before placing it in the brine. Prior to roasting this turkey, remove turkey from the brine and bring to room temperature. For juicier breast meat, roast your turkey unstuffed. Serve with the Bourbon Gravy recipe shown below.
This gluten free Thanksgiving turkey recipe is spatchcocked, so it cooks in no time at all. Spatchcocking helps the turkey meat to cook evenly, resulting in perfectly crisp skin and equally delicious thighs and breast. The root vegetables in this holiday turkey recipe add a distinctly fall flavor, making it an ideal Thanksgiving recipe.
A spice rub and mop give this gluten-free turkey recipe a lovely Southwestern flare and render flavorful pan juices for the accompanying Southwest Apple Cider Gravy, below. Mix the gluten-free rub ingredients ahead of time. Cover the turkey with this blend and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight for maximum flavor. This gluten-free Thanksgiving recipe makes enough for a 12-pound turkey. Double the gluten-free recipe for a larger bird. You can store remaining rub in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 months.
This Thanksgiving turkey recipe is ideal if you are cooking for a smaller crowd this year. Delight your loved ones with these crispy gluten-free drumsticks and incredible cranberry-orange gravy. Not only is this gluten-free turkey dish easy and quicker than traditional turkey, it tastes out-of-this-world!
A delicious gluten-free, dairy-free turkey stuffing CAN be done well – so well, in fact, that your guests will be wondering why traditional stuffing recipes mandate gluten in the first place!
Gluten-free turkey stuffing has endless possibilities as far as flavor profiles and useful ingredients go. Take a traditional route with Gluten Free & More‘s No-Fuss Gluten-Free stuffing. If dairy is a no-go for you, try the gluten free, dairy free classic stuffing recipe. Spice up your gluten-free Thanksgiving menu with a Cajun-inspired gluten-free cornbread stuffing recipe, or one of our other amazing gluten free cornbread stuffing recipes. Or forget about bread in your stuffing altogether with a gluten-free rice and fruit stuffing great for Thanksgiving dinner and for normal gluten-free poultry meals alike.
This gluten-free stuffing recipe is our readers’ favorite hands-down. Gluten-free apple chicken sausage, cranberries and whole apples create a deeply complex flavor in this super easy gluten-free stuffing recipe!
An abundance of fresh herbs take center stage in this dairy-free, gluten-free turkey stuffing. If your Thanksgiving guests are open to shellfish, we promise you’ll be happy with the results!
Who needs turkey when stuffing is so good on its own? Here is a gluten-free stuffing recipe that is also vegetarian, so that your meat-free guests can enjoy this delicious Thanksgiving tradition without worry. Gluten Free & More recommends baking your own gluten-free bread a couple days before you make this recipe in order to ensure the best ingredients and the best taste to your vegetarian stuffing.
This is the gluten-free stuffing recipe that has it all. Gluten-free bread cubes, wild rice and quinoa come together for a marvelous texture and taste. Cranberries, apples and hazelnuts bring a distinctly autumnal flavor, and savory vegetables drive it home as a truly excellent gluten-free stuffing recipe.
Gluten-free Italian sausage, herbs and pears form a winning flavor combination in this fresh gluten-free Thanksgiving stuffing. If baked outside the turkey, it’s best when made the day before.
Prepare the cornbread the night before, crumble it and then let it sit out overnight to dry out; this way it will soak up all the fabulous flavor of the cranberries, vegetables and stock. This gluten-free stuffing recipe is rich in flavor, but has no bells or whistles attached. And of course it’s always a huge crowd pleaser.
It is possible to use a gluten-free cornbread mix for this stuffing recipe, but Gluten Free & Moreseriously recommends baking the gluten-free cracked pepper cornbread recipe provided. It will be well worth it when you taste this incredible spicy-sweet Thanksgiving stuffing. This gluten-free stuffing recipe is both a fresh spin on an old dish and perfectly flavored for fall!
This Cajun-style gluten-free stuffing is enhanced with wild rice and pecans for a more nuanced, gourmet taste. Savory, nutty and just a little sweet, it’s perfect for a Thanksgiving feast. This gluten-free cornbread stuffing recipe pairs perfectly with the Southwest Roast Turkey recipe above.
If you or a gluten-free loved one loves cornbread stuffing but does not eat meat, you’re in luck! This vegetarian version of the ever-popular gluten-free cornbread stuffing is just as tasty as one made with turkey drippings. Add a little meatless gravy, and the vegetarians at your Thanksgiving table will be overjoyed!
Are you tired of traditional stuffing recipes? Want to make an old dish new again? Then you must try this gluten-free sweet potato stuffing. This gluten-free stuffing is breadless and full of delicious whole ingredients like raisins, fennel and pumpkin seeds. The sweet potatoes make the stuffing sweet, but the savory herbs, spices and vegetables balance it all out. You will not be disappointed with this fresh gluten-free stuffing recipe!
Gluten-free, dairy-free gravy is easy to make and does not sacrifice any of the flavor of a turkey gravy made with traditional roux. You can create a gluten-free turkey gravy using a variety of ingredients such as apple cider vinegar, gluten-free bourbon, white wine and sweet rice flour. These gluten-free turkey gravy recipes depend on whole, natural ingredients, making every one of them far superior to a store-bought gluten-free gravy.
This is the gluten free gravy recipe to use for a classic, nothing-fancy Thanksgiving turkey. With only four ingredients and a 5-minute cook time, there is no better gluten free gravy for when you are strapped for time on Thanksgiving day.
This gourmet gluten free gravy recipe combines two incredible fall flavors, apple cider and hot bourbon, to deliver a turkey gravy that is syrupy, savory and satisfying. Gluten Free & Morerecommends this gluten free gravy with any type of turkey or gluten free side dish. It’s the kind of gravy that goes with just about everything.
This rich mushroom and white wine gravy is vegetarian, but it can be made with turkey drippings and gluten free turkey stock if you like. Pour this gluten free Thanksgiving gravy over vegetarian stuffing, potatoes, roasted vegetables and gluten free bread.
Pear juice and fresh herbs give this gluten free turkey gravy a gorgeous look, smell and taste. Pair it with the Gluten-Free Turkey with White Wine & Molasses and Savory Sausage & Pear Stuffing listed above. Gluten free gravy will never be the same for you again!
Here is a gluten free turkey gravy that is seriously rich. The gravy recipe calls for heavy cream and the rendered fat from your homemade turkey stock, as well as a little cornstarch, making it the ideal gluten free gravy for someone who loves the ultra creamy, ultra thick side of the Thanksgiving meal.
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Here you will find a wide range of gluten-free Thanksgiving dishes that work great as appetizers or served along with your gluten-free turkey. Gourmet gluten-free salads, gluten-free casseroles and potato dishes with a twist, as well as the classic holiday sides are all represented in this list of Gluten Free & More‘s best holiday sides. These gluten-free Thanksgiving appetizers and gluten-free side dishes are sure to add color and flavor to your gluten-free Thanksgiving menu.
These bacon-wrapped figs may just be the ultimate holiday appetizer. They are the perfect example of how you can get awesome gourmet flavor from very little preparation! Assemble these gluten free bacon-wrapped figs up to a day before broiling them. The brie-filled, bacon-wrapped figs cook in 4 minutes, and that is all there is to them!
Enjoy this Thanksgiving favorite gluten- and dairy-free! This gluten-free and dairy-free green bean casserole recipe calls for just a few substitutions. No one will suspect this delicious classic green bean casserole is gluten- and dairy-free. This gluten-free Thanksgiving dish travels well; garnish with gluten free “fried onions” just before serving.
Casseroles are a classic, delicious component of the Thanksgiving meal, so there’s no reason those eating gluten-free should not eat them. If you’re looking for something more sweet than savory in a gluten-free casserole, this gluten and dairy-free sweet potato casserole recipe is for you. Nutty spices and sugar make this dish look and taste like a gluten-free dessert, but it has an equal place in the main course.
These are not your grandmother’s Brussels sprouts. Roasting them with bacon and drizzling them with balsamic vinegar and oil brings out amazing flavor.
This delicious gluten free harvest vegetable medley is tossed with fresh herbs and baked until the vegetables are slightly caramelized on the edges and tender to the bite.
Roasting parsnips in the oven is an easy way to bring out the vibrant flavors of autumn. For variety, roast Brussels sprouts with the parsnips. Serve them tossed with fresh herbs and a sprinkle of salt or with Thyme Sauce.
Keep things simple this Thanksgiving with this beautiful dish. Roasted gold and red veggies are served over stir-fried collard greens. Cardamom takes the greens to a new level of flavor.
Nothing screams autumn like the sight and scent of freshly roasted acorn squash coming out of the oven, sizzling with spices like nutmeg, clove and cinammon. This gluten free recipe for apple-stuffed acorn squash makes a great appetizer or side dish for Thanksgiving because each acorn half is served individually – which makes for super easy portioning and serving!
Apple adds a bit of tartness to this otherwise sweet soup. This butternut squash soup recipe is both dairy free and gluten free, yet it still has a smooth and luscious texture that contrasts nicely with the crunch of parsnip chips and fried sage leaves used as garnish. If you plan to include a soup in your gluten free Thanksgiving menu, this one should be it!
Gluten Free & More’s cauliflower gratin recipe is a gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian rockstar of a dish that easily steals the show at any meal gathering. In addition to being extremely allergy-friendly, it is also a much healthier alternative to holiday stuffing or your usual potato-cheese gratin, because it uses coconut milk instead of heavy cream, and because cauliflower is so naturally low in calories.
The title of this incredible gluten-free risotto says it all. In this recipe, simple gluten-free medium-grain rice is dressed up with seasonal ingredients and a rich gluten free broth to bring out extraordinary flavor.
Here is a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian salad to balance out your gluten-free Thanksgiving table. With all that stuffing, casserole, meat and gravy, you’ll want the presence of a light and fresh salad. This salad recipe is a nice way to get pumpkin into the main course of your gluten free Thanksgiving meal.
Not traditionally an autumn dish, this ultra-crisp, ultra-fresh gluten free salad will bring to your Thanksgiving dinner an unexpected – and much welcomed – twist. Shrimp, green beans and arugula make it light and refreshing, while the rosemary horseradish cream turn this gluten-free dish into almost comfort food. Adventure away from the typical, predictable Thanksgiving spread with this unique and delicious gluten free shrimp salad recipe!
Just when you thought your days of eating dinner rolls with holiday meals were over, Gluten Free & More comes to the rescue with an abundance of gluten-free dinner roll recipes! Here you will find a diverse selection of gluten-free bread rolls to serve this Thanksgiving. If you can’t get enough stuffing during the holiday season, try the gluten-free Thanksgiving Stuffing dinner roll. For an Irish-American twist to your gluten-free Thanksgiving menu, serve the gluten-free rosemary soda bread rolls. Gluten Free & More even has a gluten-free popover recipe!
These gluten-free, dairy-free rolls are lightly textured on the inside with a thick outer crust. They won’t fall apart when dipped in gravy. This easy recipe can be doubled. It can also be made with egg replacement.
This gluten free dinner roll recipe is so easy, baking them will feel like cheating! Bake them normally on a parchment-lined baking sheet, or on a pizza stone!
Enjoy a double dose of autumn comfort food with this dinner roll recipe made with gluten-free stuffing! If you needed a way to serve both gluten free bread and gluten free stuffing this Thanksgiving, you now have one! These gluten-free dinner rolls are a portable item for buffet or potluck that also works beautifully for a formal sit-down meal.
Make these yummy, seasonal gluten-free rolls in a muffin tin. The butternut squash gives these gluten free rolls a bright orange color and just the right amount of chewiness.
These gluten free dinner rolls are ridiculously fluffy and delicious. You may want to make two batches – people tend to eat them whole.
Give your gluten-free Thanksgiving an Irish-American twist with these incredible gluten free soda bread dinner rolls! They add an unanticipated and interesting element to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, without a ton of effort.
Popovers may not come to mind when thinking of Thanksgiving, but they are much like a dinner roll and actually compliment the traditional Thanksgiving spread of food excellently. Make enough for leftovers so they can be filled to make a sandwich, and they satisfy a craving for something crispy. You can purchase popover pans in kitchen stores and discount stores for around $20. These gluten free popovers are perfect for the Thanksgiving host who wants to put an unexpected spin on the holidays!
Look forward to Thanksgiving dessert this year! Here are 10 of our most popular and most delicious gluten-free desserts for Thanksgiving. On this list you’ll find 3 types of gluten-free apple desserts, 3 timeless gluten-free pumpkin pie recipes, two rich gluten-free chocolate pies, a gluten free bread pudding recipe and a gluten-free plum tart recipe.
If you’re looking for a specific gluten-free dessert to serve for Thanksgiving, try searching our website. There are hundreds of gluten-free dessert recipes to browse!
The pie recipes on this gluten-free dessert list will include accompanying pie crust recipes. But if it’s just a gluten-free pie crust you’re looking for, here are two essentials:
Without further ado, here are 10 gluten-free dessert recipes absolutely perfect for your gluten-free Thanksgiving.
Autumn is the season for baking with fresh apples. This gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free apple crisp is not only tasty – it’s cozy comfort food, the ideal dessert for chilly weather. The sweet, crunchy crust complements the slightly tart flavor of the apples. Pre-cooking the apples before baking ensures a perfect dessert every time.
This gluten-free cake is moist and flavorful. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice pair with apples and a touch of rum to create a fragrant confection that will have everyone asking for seconds. This recipe also makes a delicious coffee cake for holiday brunch. Best when eaten within 3 days of baking. This recipe can be made dairy-free.
This home-style pie has a gorgeous free-formed crust that’s light, flaky and simple to make. A thick layer of streusel covers the top of the pie for that sweet, crispy texture.
With a light flaky crust and tart cherry filling, this bright and flavorful pie will be a new family favorite. Top with lattice or an additional pie crust, bake and enjoy!
This delicious paleo-style version of a holiday classic comes together quickly with only a few simple ingredients. The delightful combination of maple, vanilla and pecans will have everyone asking for seconds. This recipe is grain-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free; it contains nuts. It can be made egg-free; see instructions.
Gluten-Free pumpkin pie never goes out of style. This easy version is spicy and creamy. You’ll want to make it part of your holiday tradition. For best results, do not replace the eggs in this recipe.
You have to try this gluten-free, dairy-free recipe to believe it. Buckwheat flour and cocoa powder in the crust add flavor and nutrients. The chocolate-raspberry filling is smooth and rich with chocolate taste, ideal for a special occasion. This pie can be made dairy-free and egg-free with excellent results.
If chocolate at your gluten-free Thanksgiving table is a must, but you’re not feeling the raspberries, try this amazing gluten-free chocolate almond cake. No flour and rich cocoa make this gluten-free holiday dessert seriously decadent.
Easy to make and healthier than its rich taste suggests, this dessert is a clever alternative to pumpkin pie. It’s delicious alone or topped with Decadent Bourbon Sauce.
Thinly sliced plums are key to this gorgeous gluten-free plum tart. Teff is used in place of millet flour in the gluten-free pie crust, and a touch of lemon juice is added to preserve color in this special gluten-free fruit tart.