Lovely friends: Thanksgiving is this weekend. THIS WEEKEND. If you or someone you’ll be hanging with in the next week or so is gluten-free and you’re planning to cook Thanksgiving dinner, we have some ideas to help with your meal prep:
Make Your Own Gravy
Unless otherwise specified, pre-packaged gravy is full of gluten. Although making gluten-free gravy from scratch may sound intimidating at first, remember that the premise is simple: flour, fat and stock is what any tasty gravy recipe is composed of.
A great flour substitute for superb gravy is a loose one-to-one mixture of sweet rice flour and arrowroot starch, because it creates a silkier texture and tends to clump less. There are lots of gluten-free flours and mixtures that you can try, but this duo tends to give the most predictable outcome.
Let Them Eat Stuffing—But Hold the Gluten
Guess what makes awesome gluten-free stuffing? Our fresh and frozen baguettes - and focaccia! Which you can absolutely purchase right up until Saturday at close (or until they sell out, which is probably more likely of a scenario). And here’s the thing: we have various kinds of baguettes. White? Mock rye? Come check out what we have and dream up something scrumptious!
Just thaw these guys out, chop into whatever size bread chunks you think looks good, and voila: oh-so good, gluten-free stuffing.
Be Brave and Bright with Sides
Instead of emphasizing traditional sides like dinner rolls, mashed potatoes and green bean casseroles topped with teeny, tiny breadcrumbs, why not try a few new ones that don’t require a gluten-free substitute? We’re talking ‘bout colourful, rainbow-y sides that will have your family totally forgetting about pale starches.
Think local, fresh, in-season produce that will give your dinner tons of colour and major taste include squash (pumpkin?!), beets, yams and kale.
(Or, perhaps even consider chopped pecans or slivered almonds to replace breadcrumbs on those green beans! So delicious).
Custom Order Desserts from The Polly Fox
Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget dessert—but do leave out the gluten. We have your desserts covered, and can also take those custom requests. Like pies. Because we all need pie on Thanksgiving, even those with dietary restrictions. We totally get it.
If you want to place a custom order for something that might beef up your gluten-free spread, please get in touch by Wednesday, October 4th. Orders can be picked up by Saturday the 7th, keeping in mind that we’re closed for the long weekend on Sunday and Monday. Orders fill up real quick, so please be mindful that we may max out fast in our humble little kitchen.
If you’re interested in checking out a ton of delicious gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, see Eating Well. We can almost promise you’ll get inspired. Or, as an alternative, an entire gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner menu can be found HERE.
Happy Thanksgiving, guys! Enjoy time with friends and family and have fun cooking your gluten-free dinner. We’re so thankful to have such amazing support in our local community.
The Polly Fox