Overhead shot of a white plate containing grain-free Thanksgiving stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, and poultry

Gluten-free stuffing for Thanksgiving is a delicious and satisfying alternative for those with dietary restrictions. This delightful dish ensures that everyone at your table can enjoy the holiday feast without sacrificing taste or tradition.

Hands holding a square baking dish filled with grain-free Thanksgiving stuffing

How do you make stuffing gluten-free?

I’ve taken my mama’s secret recipe (not really, it’s from a church cookbook from the early ’90s), and turned it into my own allergy-friendly, grain-free Thanksgiving stuffing using my Cashew Blender Sandwich Bread. It takes a little bit more effort to make your bread first and then turn it into stuffing (okay, a lot more effort than just grabbing a loaf of regular bread), but for the one time of year you eat it, it’s totally worth it! This is truly the best gluten-free stuffing.

My mama’s classic stuffing recipe is a bit soupier—a little bit more like an egg casserole– but grain-free bread doesn’t quite sop up liquid the way regular gluten-filled bread would, so this version is a bit drier. It’s got the flavor, dense texture, and heartiness, but the texture was just not something I could perfectly replicate. As with all of my grain-free creations, it does the trick to satisfy a craving, but it’s never going to be the gluten-filled version.

Ingredients for grain-free Thanksgiving stuffing in individual bowls - cashew bread, onions, celery, eggs, spices, butter, and stock
Split shot. On the left, cooked onions and celery. On the right, grain-free bread mixed with the celery and onions in a white bowl.

What is gluten-free stuffing made of?

The ingredients for this gluten-free stuffing are not that different from a standard dressing:

  • Gluten-free bread
  • Olive oil
  • Butter, ghee, or lard
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Sage
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried rosemary
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Chicken broth
  • Eggs

How do I stuff a turkey?

I would not recommend you actually “stuff” this (or any other stuffing!) into a turkey. First of all, I never tested this recipe in a turkey, and I can’t guarantee the crumblier grain-free bread would hold up. Secondly, YOU SHOULDN’T BE STUFFING YOUR TURKEY ANYWAY! Stuffing acts like a sponge that absorbs all the juicy goodness of your turkey—leaving you with tasty stuffing, but a possibly dry bird.

I recommend dry-brining your turkey, filling the cavity with aromatics, and cooking it and your stuffing separately. Once you dry brine your turkey and don’t stuff it, you’ll never go back. Friends don’t let friends stuff their turkeys, and I consider you a friend.

White plate containing grain-free Thanksgiving stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, and poultry

Can you make gluten-free stuffing ahead of time?

YES, you can make it ahead! Make it all the way up until right before the baking step, cover it, and then keep it in the fridge for up to two days before baking off. When you go to bake, either bring it up to room temperature first, or add about 10 minutes to your baking time. Thanksgiving made easy! Happy holidays. Enjoy!

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Overhead shot of a white plate containing grain-free Thanksgiving stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, and poultry

Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe for Thanksgiving

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

On a specialty diet and afraid you’ll have to miss out on the best parts of big holiday dinners? Have no fear– this Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing is grain-free, dairy-free, paleo, and totally delicious.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 loaf of Grain-Free Cashew Sandwich Bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, ghee, or lard
  • 1 cup finely diced celery (about 6 medium stalks celery)
  • 2/3 cup finely diced onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 x8” casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cut the loaf of bread into approximately 1” cubes (you should end up with about 6 cups of cubes).
  3. Spread bread cubes in one layer on a large baking sheet. Drizzle evenly with the olive oil, and then bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cubes are slightly browned and dried out (no need to make croutons here, just dry the bread out a bit).
  4. Meanwhile, heat a medium size skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the butter, ghee, or lard, and then cook the celery and onion until fragrant and translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the toasted bread cubes, vegetables, sage, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary, and nutmeg.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the broth and eggs. Pour the egg mixture over the bread cube mixture and toss gently to combine.
  7. Pour mixture into the prepared casserole dish and bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the middle is set and the top is golden brown.

Notes

  • Leeks are great in this! Just leave out the onion and sub in two finely sliced leeks (using the white and pale green parts only).
  • This recipe doubles, triples, and quadruples with ease!
  • I don’t recommend actually stuffing your turkey—the stuffing just absorbs the moisture from your turkey and makes for a drier bird. Instead, dry brine your turkey using my method, and cook your stuffing on the side. You won’t be sorry!
  • You can make this ahead of time up to step six. Then cover and refrigerate for up to two days. Remove cover and bake as directed, adding an additional 5-10 minutes.
  • Don’t need to make this grain-free? No problem. Just use regular white bread (preferably that’s been left out for a day to stale) in place of the cashew bread.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 489mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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