posted by Joel Kight in Food / Wine

A gluten-free Thanksgiving

November 18, 2012

If you're hosting a holiday meal this year, chances are you are stressing over the menu.  Your guests may have certain likes and dislikes and even allergies you must be aware of.  Most allergies can be avoided by alerting your guest to stay away from a certain dish.  This doesn't really work for those allergic to gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in most grains. Sufferers either are gluten intolerant or have a condition called celiac disease, an auto-immune disease triggered by gluten. 

This allergy can be very dangerous so you need to be mindful of what your gluten-intolerant guest can eat and find ways not to contaminate the foods they can eat.

One of our reporters, Allie Jackson, suffers from a gluten allergy and I asked her for a few tips:

1. Giblet gravy (a must in our house) is also ok — as long as it is thickened with cornstarch instead of flour

2. All fresh veggies are gluten free so green beans (not the casserole but I’ll add a link for that), peas, mashed potatoes (as long as no flour is added to thicken it and no flour gravy), sweet potatoes (the casserole would have to be modified – will add a link), rice you get the idea. Any veggie out of the ground and onto the plate without additives is ok.

3. Make sure dips are gluten free for veggie platters, etc.

4. Purchase GF crackers and put on separate tray from regular crackers (can be labeled)

5. Don’t cross contaminate

6. Label all gluten free dishes with a tag of some sort so there is no confusion (Using a large "GF" written on dishes is suggested.)

Allie also provided us with some of her favorite gluten free recipes:

Cornbread Dressing

Green Bean Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Giblet Gravy (just be sure to use gluten-free chicken bullion or gluten-free turkey broth)

Apple Pie

Chocolate Cake

Allie also suggested this site as a good reference:

Do you suffer from a gluten allergy?

Does someone in your family have this allergy?

Are you going to offer gluten-free dishes to your guests this year?

Do you have any other gluten-free recipes you would like to share with everyone?

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday meal this year. 




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