In this second part on preparing for a gluten free Thanksgiving, I am going to discuss some of the traditional dishes and how to find gluten free substitutes or replace with even better options.
Holiday traditional abound this time of the year and many begin with the Thanksgiving meal. One of those traditions is the sweet potato casserole. I personally have never been a huge fan of this casserole and since marshmallows are being debated as whether they are even safe for those on a gluten free diet, I am sharing an alternative to the traditional sweet potato casserole. It is one of my families favorite recipes and they would eat it anytime of the year. The crazy thing is it also can replace the cranberry jelly that frequently graces the Thanksgiving spread. The combination of the two flavors is amazing. Add in the onions and orange juice, and your mouth is awake with all the wonderfully different tastes and textures. A lot more enjoyable for the mouth to experience. ( recipe to follow)
Another traditional dish that many serve at Thanksgiving, is the green bean casserole. In order to have this gluten free you have to make the french fried onions yourself. My internet search at the time of this writing did not find any commercially produced gluten free french fried onions. They are fairly simple to make. It is like making onion rings, except the onions are sliced into thinner rings. You could also just caramelize shallots or onions. I am also sensitive to MSG, so I not only make the french fried onions, but I also make homemade Cream of Mushroom soup, but there are many gluten free brands of Cream of Mushroom soup out there if you don’t want to make the soup from scratch. I make mine to have peace of mind that my food won’t make me sick. Once you have these ingredients you can assemble the casserole and enjoy a Thanksgiving favorite.
One my favorite things about holidays is making new traditions. Maybe this Thanksgiving, you will make this recipe apart of your Thanksgiving tradition.