I think we can all agree that food allergies suck. But just
because you and gluten are 'in a fight' is no reason to resign yourself
to a Thanksgiving dinner ghetto. There are so many flavors to be had out
there! So get having. These 13 inspired dishes will have you and all
your guests (yes, even your dad) saying, "Gluten? Gluten who?"
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Butternut Squash-Polenta Gratin
In this gratin from Food & Wine, butternut squash is layered with creamy polenta and then topped with effusions of melty, cheesy goodness. Effusions. You're welcome.
Cider-Glazed Turnips and Apples with Sage and Bacon
Thank goodness you won't be filling yourself up with bread. These turnips from Fine Cooking are braised in apple cider and then adorned with crispy, crumbled bacon. Seconds, anyone?
Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan
This dish from Oh She Glows is gluten-free and vegan, but with tender chunks of
butternut squash, a toss of chopped kale, and a salty, almond and pecan
topping, nobody will feel like they're missing out on anything.
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Apple Bacon Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sure, this dish from How Sweet It Is, starts simply with a baked sweet potato, but, in the end, it is anything but boring. Stuffed with apples, bacon, sage, cinnamon, and goat cheese, this hot little mess is a celebration of all that's good and wonderful about fall foods. So eat up. (And have seconds.)
Mustard-Maple Brussels Sprouts with Candied Pepitas and Pomegranate Seeds
Know anybody who thinks they don't like Brussels sprouts? They're wrong, and you'll prove it when you serve them up this dish from Cara's Cravings. These guys are shredded, sauteed, tossed in a maple and mustard dressing, and then trimmed with sweet, maple-coated pumpkin seeds. All the good things.
Brown Butter Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes
These sweet potatoes from Family Fresh Cooking are mashed with brown butter and creamy coconut milk and then topped with fall's prettiest little gems — pomegranate seeds, raisins, nuts, and figs. Forget the stuffing and biscuits — everything you need is right here.
Rockin' Roots Warmed Kale Salad
This jewel-toned, gluten-free salad from Healthful Pursuits combines pretty hunks of sweet potato, beets, and winter squash. Want to give yourself a real pat on the back? Dress it up with sliced prunes and roasted squash seeds.
Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato, and Hazelnuts
Quinoa is another great alternative to your mother's gluten-rich turkey stuffing. Keep the flavors traditional with this recipe from Family Fresh Cooking — apples, sweet potatoes, maple, hazelnuts. Yes. This feels right.
Cream Cheese and Kale Stuffed Dates
Kale sometimes gets a bad reputation for being a health food only. But these little three-ingredient bites from Branny Boils Over prove that kale can have a hand in both sophistication and decadence. So go ahead and drop some knowledge on your kale-fearing dinner guests.
Raw Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad with Tahini-Maple Dressing and Toasted Almonds
This salad from Cookie + Kate, with kale, Brussels sprouts, almonds, miso, maple, and tahini, will make all your guests forget that salads are supposed to be boring.
Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole
Did you think I forgot about the green bean casserole? I wouldn't do that to you. This version from Serious Eats is made GF-friendly with homemade fried onions. Your move, gluten.