Following a gluten-free diet doesn't mean you can’t enjoy a complete and satisfying Thanksgiving feast. Turkey, as long as it’s not stuffed, is gluten-free, and if you use cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken it, your gravy can be gluten-free too. Many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, including green bean casserole and corn pudding, tend to contain gluten, but by making a few tweaks and turning to wheat alternatives like rice flour and quinoa, you can easily make gluten-free versions. And don’t forget that there are plenty of naturally gluten-free holiday dishes, such as roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce and many potato recipes.
To help you create the ultimate gluten-free holiday menu, we gathered five recipes for completely irresistible wheat-free side dishes. Each one is easy to make and tastes so good that no one will even think about it being gluten-free.
Green bean casserole: Classic green bean casserole gets some serious competition from this gluten-free version made with fresh green beans and homemade fried onions. To simplify the recipe, use gluten-free cream of mushroom soup instead of making cream sauce, and buy gluten-free breadcrumbs rather than making your own.
Maple mustard roasted sweet potatoes with shallots: Sometimes gluten-free eating doesn't require substitutions at all, and these roasted sweet potatoes are a perfect example. Paired with shallots and tossed in a sweet and tangy maple syrup and mustard dressing, these potatoes are a snap to prepare. Be sure to cut the potatoes into small cubes — it’s the secret to their quick cook time.
Classic corn pudding: Rich, creamy and slightly sweet, corn pudding is a Thanksgiving favorite. It also makes for some of the best holiday leftovers — try to save some for breakfast the next day. This gluten-free version relies on a simple substitution of brown rice flour and potato starch in place of all-purpose flour.
Quinoa “stuffing”: Studded with pistachios and dried cranberries, this quinoa, butternut squash and spinach “stuffing” features a variety of textures, color and flavors, and is one of the healthiest dishes you can put on your Thanksgiving table. Don’t skip the orange zest — it adds lovely brightness to this hearty combination.
Four cheese garlic scalloped potatoes: This decadent casserole-style side dish features thinly sliced russet potatoes, layered with garlic, Gruyere, Parmesan and both mild and extra-sharp cheddar; red pepper flakes add just a hint of heat. If you don't have a mandoline slicer, use a sharp chef’s knife to cut the potatoes.