I have such nice memories of Thanksgiving. I used to love spending the day cooking and preparing in the kitchen with my mom and sister. My mom always liked to have lots of people over – and it was truly a joyous event.
But because they live so far away, I haven’t had the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents in many years. I try to hold on to those nice memories, while creating new traditions with my own family. I thought I’d share with you a recipe of my mom’s that was one of my favorites growing up. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!
My Mom’s Stuffing (converted to gluten-free and alcohol-free)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (if not reacting to butter) or replace with grapeseed oil or avocado oil or Earth Balance
2 cups chopped celery – organic
1 large yellow onion, chopped – organic
1 pound pork sausage or ground turkey or bacon – free range or organic if possible (optional)
1 pound or 1 package gluten-free stuffing mix or cauliflower or Portabella mushrooms
1 cup slivered almonds – organic and unsalted
1 cup diced dried apricots (sulfite-free if possible)
2 and 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock – gluten-free and free-range
1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried thyme or sage – organic
Salt and pepper to taste
- Melt 1/2 cup of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat or use 1/2 cup preferred oil. Add the celery and onion and saute for 10 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Cook the pork sausage or ground turkey or bacon or mushrooms or cauliflower in the same skillet, stir until browning. Remove from the heat and add the celery mixture.
- Add the stuffing mix (if using it), apricots, and almonds. Stir to combine.
- Heat the remaining 1/2 cup butter and the stock in a small saucepan just until the butter melts. Pour over the stuffing mixture. Stir well to moisten the stuffing. Season with the thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake the stuffing in a pan at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
Gluten-Free Holiday Dinner Guide – Free Download!
Family memories may make us think that holidays are an exception to eating well – but that doesn’t have to be the case. Eating gluten-free doesn’t have to feel like a sacrifice.
To help you with this, I created a comprehensive resource called Dr. Doni’s Gluten-Free Holiday Dinner Guide. It’s free, and filled with holiday recipes and a convenient shopping list to make your dinner plans simple and healthy.
I hope it will help you and your family create new memories and new traditions!
21st November 2016