Our Best Gluten-Free Menu for Thanksgiving

updated May 29, 2019
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If you or some of your loved ones follow a gluten-free diet, Thanksgiving can be a little tricky to get a handle on, given that some of the best parts of the meal — the stuffing and the pies, for starters — are off limits. However, almost anything can be turned gluten-free (even the rolls!) with the help of a few ingredient substitutions. Here is our best gluten-free menu for the holiday.

The Menu + A Few Tips

This menu for Thanksgiving dinner is entirely gluten-free, but the secret to it is that it incorporates all the classic components of the holiday meal to ensure even those who can eat wheat are happy. Those who are gluten-free, however, will be especially pleased to know they can dig into every item on the table.

What to Drink

While beer and certain liquors are off the table for those who are gluten-free, there are plenty of boozy choices that fit the diet. Hard cider is an easy, seasonal choice, but a festive pitcher cocktail is also fun.

Cranberry Pitcher Margaritas: The classic margaritas gets all dressed up for the holiday in this fun, super-simple pitcher drink. Cranberry juice takes the place of some of the lime juice for an extra-zippy kick, while a garnish of fresh cranberries and lime slices make things colorful.

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The Classic Turkey and Gluten-Free Gravy

A simple roast turkey is automatically gluten-free, but once traditional gravy is poured over it, which is usually thickened with flour, it’s not fit for the diet. Luckily, gluten-free gravy exists and it’s wonderful.

The Simplest, Easiest Turkey + Gluten-Free Gravy: With adjustments made to the rest of the menu to accommodate a gluten-free diet, it’s nice to stay super classic with the bird. Then make a gravy thickened with sweet rice flour or white rice flour to pour all over the meat.

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The Side Dishes

The sides are everyone’s favorite part of the meal, so it’s nice to have a good variety. All four of these sides are gluten-free, but they’re sure to please everyone at the table.

Gluten-Free Cornbread and Mushroom Stuffing: It’s hard to imagine a Thanksgiving dinner without stuffing, yet the most traditional version is made with regular bread. Here, cubes of gluten-free cornbread are mixed with sautéed mushrooms, toasted pecans, onion, celery, and fresh herbs for a hearty stuffing fit for everyone.

Stovetop Brussels Sprout Hash with Crispy Sage and Walnuts: This easy hash, flecked with salty pancetta, crispy sage, and butter-roasted walnuts, is made right on the stove, which is useful seeing as oven space is a hot commodity on Thanksgiving.

Scalloped Potatoes with Onions and Cheddar Cheese: Mashed potatoes are all well and good, but I’ll argue potatoes layered with cream, onions, and cheese taste particularly fit for the holidays.

How To Make Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls: Rolls are another no-go for those who are gluten-free, but this version, made with millet flour, is a welcome addition to the dinner plate.

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Why you may think pie is out of the question for a gluten-free diet, that’s hardly the case. A gluten-free crust makes nearly any pie possible.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie: This classic pie is filled with that custardy goodness everyone knows and loves, but can be enjoyed by all thanks to a gluten-free crust.

Pear Tart with Walnut Crust: A buttery crust made from gluten-free flour and walnuts is the secret to this elegant tart that’s filled with poached pears and walnut frangipane.