Are you gluten-free and feeding gluten-eaters this Christmas? With all the great new products out, and especially if you enjoy cooking from scratch, it is easy to create an entire holiday feast without gluten. No one else will even notice that the meal is “different.”
Unless you are vegetarian, the main course for many holiday dinners include some form of roasted meat. Be sure to check the meat label for gluten ingredients. See this article about picking out a gluten-free turkey. That article also includes tips for creating gluten-free stuffing. Be sure to thicken gravy with cornstarch, and you are all set! Glazes can be created using honey, brown sugar or fruit/fruit juice, all of which are gluten-free. If using a prepackaged glaze, be sure to read the label carefully.
There are way too many side dishes to name, but here are some tips for the basic traditional dishes.
Gluten-free Cranberry Sauce
Sweet Potato Apricot Bake-If you prefer the standard candied yams, note that marshmallows are naturally gluten-free!
Green Bean Casserole-If you prefer the old-fashioned cream of mushroom soup recipe, then check out the King Soopers on Powers Blvd. They sell Pacific Foods Cream of Mushroom Soup, which is gluten-free. Try toasting your own onions in the oven.
Here are a few recipes to get you started on your holiday desserts.
Tabitha’s Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie
Gluten-free Pie Crust
Gluten-free Pumpkin Roll
Sparkling Cider-For a great deal on Martinelli’s bubbly, check out Costco. You can pick up 4 bottles for only $6.99.
Hot Cider-Apple juice is naturally gluten-free. If using a cider mix, be sure to read the label carefully. However, you can make your own cider using the delicious mulling spices from Whole Foods or even create your own variety! Heat it all day on low in a crock-pot to let the flavors blend together. Be sure to have a tea strainer handy!
Eggnog-For the scoop on local eggnog varieties and even how to spike it gluten-free, check out this article on National Eggnog Month.
It’s not too late to put together the meal of your dreams this holiday. (3 shopping days ‘til Christmas!) Relax and enjoy delicious gluten-free foods with your loved ones.
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