While most people are dreaming of a Thanksgiving turkey and all the delicious fixings that accompany it, your gluten-free diners may be dreading the difficulty of sticking to their gluten-free lifestyle on this day of eating and indulgence. To ensure the feasting is a positive experience for everyone, here are some tips and recipes to help you accommodate your gluten-free guests.
Separate the Gluten Free Food
Ensure that the gluten-free food is separated from the rest of the dishes and has its own serving utensils. If the food is set up against a wall, it is best to place the gluten-free dishes against the back of the wall so no crumbs from the other gluten dishes fall into them.
Store Leftovers Carefully
After the meal is over, place the gluten-free dishes in separate containers from those containing gluten.
Purchasing a Gluten Free Turkey
Purchase a turkey that is marked 100% gluten-free. Most frozen birds are injected with gluten-filled liquids to ensure they stay moist when thawed.
Preparing the Stuffing
Only serve gluten-free stuffing at the dinner table as this will prevent any cross-contamination or accidental dish confusion from occurring.
Preparing Marinades, Broth, Sauce, Gravy, and Bouillon
Many sauces and marinades use wheat or barley in flavors and seasonings. Ensure that you carefully read the ingredients or avoid the seasoning or gravy packet altogether. If you want to make gluten-free gravy from scratch, you will want to use gluten-free flours such as sorghum or sweet rice flour. You can also thicken homemade gravy with cornstarch or arrowroot flour. Furthermore, many bouillon cubes also contain wheat or gluten, so check to make sure yours is gluten free.
Making Side Dishes and Desserts
Many vegetable side dishes are naturally gluten-free, so load up on recipes that feature fennel, Brussel sprouts, pumpkins, parsnips, and other seasonal vegetables. There are also many gluten-free pasta options and pie crust recipes that can be made without gluten.