Are You Ready for Thanksgiving Part 2

By Leanne Overlander | GF Information

Nov 19

Sweet potato casserole

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.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Casserole
A delightful twist on the traditional sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce.
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  1. 3 ½ # Sweet potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
  2. 2/3 C. Brown Sugar
  3. 2 Large onions, cut into chunks
  4. 2 Tbsp. Melted butter
  5. Olive oil
  6. 1 Large orange, juiced and zest
  7. 2 C. Fresh cranberries
  8. ½ tsp. Nutmeg
  9. ½ tsp. Ginger, ground
  10. ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix sweet potatoes and onions and put into 2 greased baking dishes.
  3. Spray or drizzle olive oil over vegetables and bake until sweet potatoes are just tender(a bit under done), about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Lower heat to 350 degrees.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients, mix well and pour equally into the 2 baking dishes. Mix well to coat all pieces of vegetable.
  6. Bake uncovered bout 30-40 minutes or until tender and getting sticky. Stir once during cooking.
Preparation tip
  1. You can make this casserole ahead, cover tightly, and freeze. Then, on the day of your dinner, defrost and follow through the final baking. Or, you may cover and store it in the refrigerator for a day and then bake on the day of your dinner.
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Classically trained in Biology and Genetics at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Biological Sciences campus. Gluten free for more than 5 years.