Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gluten-Free Side Dishes for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is over but there is still the holiday season of December ahead of us.  For those that need a gluten-free diet, making a holiday meal can be challenging.  It's not hard to find GF recipes for turkey, prime rib or beef brisket.  The side dishes though can be a whole different issue.

Green bean casserole and gravies usually have gluten in them, for example.  You can today find GF cream of mushroom soup and fried onions but only at some grocery stores  As for gravies, you might try using "Potato Starch" as your thickener.

Just a reminder, that all turkeys are not GF.  Be sure to check the label as some have gluten in the liquid they inject into the turkey.

I came across a recipe in the paper recently that didn't mention being gluten-free.  However, as I looked at it, I noticed it was gluten-free.  I tried it and was very pleased with the results.  I'm posting that recipe tomorrow.  It's for "Corn Pudding" and it makes a great side dish to any special holiday meal.

Thursday's  recipe is for "Loaded Baked Potato Casserole" and it too makes a great side dish to that holiday dinner.

If you are looking for some good GF pasta products, I've found a couple that I really think hit the mark.  These two companies do have product in stores but it is a very limited number of stores.  But they offer online sales too.  The first is "Leo's Gluten-Free"  out of Illinois and they make great ravioli, gnocchi and other pasta products.  Find them at www.leosglutenfree.com  and give them a try.  The other company is "BiAglut" and there products are made in Italy.  The elbow pasta I use in the GF Mac & Cheese recipe that I posted back on 11-5-15 is from them.  To order from them go to www.BiAglutUSA.com and give them a shot.  Be sure to check on their websites if someone handles their products in your area.

Hope this helps you in planning future holiday dinners.  "Happy Cooking" until next week.

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