My gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes roundup has it all! From appetizers to side dishes and desserts, I’ve covered all the BEST gluten-free recipes for your Thanksgiving table.

Just because you’re eating gluten-free doesn’t mean you can’t have an incredible Thanksgiving feast! I know you’ll find a recipe you love!

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If you’re on the hunt for the absolute best Thanksgiving recipes for a gluten-free diet, you’re in the right place. This roundup is packed with all of my most delicious recipes for the holiday season.

From appetizers to tasty side dishes and indulgent desserts, you find all of the Thanksgiving classics right here. Each one of these recipes is tested & perfected so you can serve it to any crowd!

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What Can Gluten-Free People Eat on Thanksgiving?

There are many dishes gluten-free people can enjoy on Thanksgiving. In fact, many of the best holiday dishes are naturally gluten-free! (Like turkey, potatoes, and green beans, and fruit salad.)

I’ve come up with tasty gluten-free versions of other Thanksgiving dishes, such as gluten-free stuffing, pie, and rolls. No matter what you have in mind for Thanksgiving, it can probably be made gluten-free.

Just remember, if you’re not sure if an ingredient or dish is gluten-free, it’s always best to check the ingredients list or label. For example, regular turkey is gluten-free, but stuffed turkey is not.

If someone else made the recipe, ask them exactly what is in it before you add it to your plate. Better safe than sorry!

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How Can I Make Sure My Food Is Safe for Gluten-Free Guests?

If you’re serving gluten-free guests this Thanksgiving, it’s important to take extra precautions to avoid cross-contamination. Even a gluten-free dish could be unsafe for your guests with Celiac disease, if it mixes with gluten ingredients.

Here are some tips to help ensure your food is safe for gluten-free guests:

  • Clean surfaces as you go. A clean kitchen will help you stay organized and less stressed, but it will also prevent ingredients from cross-contaminating.
  • Bake in advance. If you’re baking gluten-containing desserts or side dishes, bake those recipes a day or two in advance, and then clean thoroughly afterward.
  • Use separate serving spoons/trays. Serve gluten-free dishes on their own trays or in their own bowls. Use dedicated serving spoons or forks for those items, and make sure they don’t get use to serve gluten dishes.

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Sides

Once you scroll through this list, you’ll see there are MANY tasty gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes. You’ll never miss the gluten version!

Check out these tips to make your gluten-free cooking more successful:

  • Watch out for bottled and boxed foods: Many shelf-stable foods have additives that contain gluten. If you’re buying store-bought rice pilaf, canned beans, etc., read the label to make sure it’s gluten-free.
  • Use gluten replacements: If you’re baking a recipes that typically requires gluten, the meal won’t come together without it. Gluten makes things stick together, so you’ll need to replace it with gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, or guar gum.
  • Make your own dressings and sauces: Like other shelf-stable foods, many store-bought salad dressings and sauces contain gluten. While you can buy gluten-free versions, it’s usually cheaper (and tastier) to make your own!
  • Some ingredients are naturally gluten-free: Don’t stress! Some of the most basic dinner ingredients are naturally gluten-free, such as plain meat, chicken, fish, vegetables, fruits, legumes, cheese, eggs, and nuts.

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Pies

Gluten-free pies can certainly be tricky! Here are some tips to ensure your pies turn out just as delicious as traditional pies.

Gluten-Free pies

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

Does gluten-free baking make you nervous? Check out these tricks to simplify the task:

  • Make a cheesecake. Remember, cheesecake filling is naturally gluten-free. It’s a perfect Thanksgiving dessert for a crowd! I like to use a naturally gluten-free brown sugar walnut crust in this gluten-free cheesecake.
  • Use high quality gluten-free baking flour. It’s essential to use high quality, 1:1 gluten-free baking flour that contains xanthan gum. This will make all the difference in the texture of your gluten-free Thanksgiving desserts!
  • Use oil instead of butter. Using oil instead of butter makes gluten-free dessert recipes turn out with a lighter crumb.

Here are some non-pie gluten-free thanksgiving dessert ideas! Check out this full roundup of the best gluten-free thanksgiving desserts.

non-pie Gluten-Free desserts

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Yes, it is possible to make amazing dairy-free + gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes! Follow these tips to make it happen:

  • Use vegan butter. Sometimes you can follow a gluten-free recipe and simply swap out regular butter for vegan butter.
  • Use non-dairy milk. There are SO many types of non-dairy milk out there these days, including almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, and soy milk. Unsweetened almond milk is usually my go-to!
  • Try out other dairy-free products: There are many high-quality dairy-free products on the market. A little dairy-free whipped cream or ice cream can go a long way to dress up your dessert! So test some out to find the ones you like best!
  • Opt for well-tested recipes: When you’re looking for a delicious dessert that fits your dietary restrictions, it’s SO important to use a well-tested recipe. In fact, that was part of my inspiration for creating this website! You can rest assured that this collection of recipes has been tested again and again to create the absolute best texture and flavor that doesn’t leave anything lacking. Plus, many of them use simple ingredients that are easy to find at the grocery store.
  • Achieving a creamy consistency: I like to use coconut cream or coconut milk for dairy free recipes. It’s rich and creamy, and completely dairy-free!

Gluten-Free/Dairy-free Thanksgiving

FAQs

Is a Thanksgiving turkey gluten-free?

It depends. An unstuffed turkey is typically gluten-free, although it’s always best to check to see how it is prepared. A stuffed turkey is not gluten-free, since stuffing is made with wheat flour.

Can a celiac eat a stuffed turkey?

No, a person with Celiac disease should avoid eating a stuffed turkey, since it is typically stuffed with bread made of wheat flour. If you know that the turkey was stuffed with gluten-free stuffing, then it’s probably okay!

What can I fix instead of turkey for Thanksgiving?

There are many alternatives to turkey that would work great as a Thanksgiving main dish, such as salmon, pork tenderloin, or steak. If you want to avoid meat, consider making lasagna, a vegetable pot pie, or butternut squash soup.

How many sides should a Thanksgiving dinner have?

Your Thanksgiving dinner can include as few or as many sides as you’d like. Most people serve around three or four side dishes, such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and salad.

What is the most eaten food on Thanksgiving?

Turkey is by far the most popular Thanksgiving food, followed by mashed potatoes and pie.

I hope you love these gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes as much as we do! Be sure to check out my full collection of gluten-free thanksgiving recipes.

If you try any of these recipes, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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