A gluten-free Thanksgiving begins with checking food labels carefully. Even turkey might contain gluten, which may be used in processing. Next up is preparing gluten-free stuffing, which also helps ensure the turkey is not contaminated. When making or preparing gravy from a purchased mix, watch out for problematic ingredients. Even bouillon cubes might include gluten. Finally, be sure to stock up on gluten-free baking supplies for desserts, which you can find online if they aren't available locally.
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The Thanksgiving meal typically features high-gluten dishes including stuffing, potatoes and baked desserts. New products and resources mean it's possible to enjoy cornbread, butternut squash pie and other dishes on a gluten-free diet.
Turkey tastes different depending on the stuffing, notes one French microbrew importer, so he recommends Biere aux Noix from Brasserie Mandrin in St. Martin d'Heres if the stuffing is savory and includes sausage, chestnuts or walnuts. A spicier stuffing might call for Biere au Sapin from the same brewery, and a stuffing that incorporates fruit is a good match for Bourguignonne Brune from the Brasserie la Bourguignonne in Beaune, he said.
Cooking a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner isn't as difficult as it may seem. Buy an organic turkey to avoid the gluten in the broth of most commercially grown birds and use gluten-free bread or wild rice for stuffing. A gluten-free mix helps make an easy pumpkin pie crust. Check out recipes for festive gluten-free holiday dishes.