Whether you absolutely love cooking or have stumbled into this out of necessity due to your gluten-free diet, transforming your holiday meal into a 100% gluten-free Thanksgiving feast can be daunting.
This flavorful, gluten-free stuffing recipe is made in your crockpot, freeing up valuable oven space on Thanksgiving day. It also takes reduces the pressure of making a holiday meal. During crunch time, your stuffing is sitting ready to go in the slow cooker.
The best part is that this stuffing tastes so good even gluten-eating guests will not be able to tell it is gluten-free, and you will not feel like you are missing out on anything by cutting out the gluten.
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Start with the BEST Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix
This recipe starts with with two boxes of gluten-free stuffing mix.
My favorite brand is Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix. If you can’t get your hands on the Trader Joe’s brand, gluten-free stuffing mixes are pretty widely available in most grocery stores leading up to Thanksgiving.
Don’t worry if you can’t find boxed gluten-free stuffing. This recipe includes directions to make your own seasoned bread cubes. Only go this route if you can’t find a gluten-free mix, because it’s more work for the same end result. If you use the seasoned gluten-free bread cube recipe, all of the seasoning will already be on your bread cubes. You will omit adding the seasoning package when combining ingredients in the slow cooker.
If you are able to get your hands on Trader Joe’s gluten-free stuffing mix or another brand of packaged gluten-free stuffing mix, you will use the included seasoning package in the recipe.
Buy your boxed stuffing in early November, just in case it sells out. If you plan to make stuffing for other upcoming holidays or throughout the year, it’s a good idea to grab extra boxes now. Just double-check the expiration dates. Remember, this recipe calls for two boxes of Trader Joe’s gluten-free stuffing mix.
Start with store-bought, gluten-free stuffing mixes (2 boxes).
Buy presliced mushrooms and pre-chopped celery and onions.
Or slice and chop produce the night before.
What to Do if You are the Gluten-Free Guest?
Traditionally, guests bring a side dish or dessert to share. For celiacs and those with gluten-intolerance, these side dishes should be chosen strategically. Pick something you really love!
Gluten-free stuffing is an excellent choice because odds are good the host will otherwise serve a stuffing you can’t eat.
Celiac safe tip! Let your host know ahead of time that you need to get any gluten-free food before the other guests are served to avoid cross-contamination with gluten-containing dishes. If you are a fan of seconds, set aside an extra plate now, or give yourself generous portions.
For some folks, this kind of self-advocacy can be a challenge. Your health is worth it! I find it helps to think about how I would treat someone who needed to be served before me to keep from getting sick. Or think of the way people politely move to the side to let a person in a wheelchair or walker scoot through. Most people are perfectly happy to do such a little thing to help another. And those who aren’t, well that has nothing to do with you.
If you don’t have far to travel, make the stuffing in your crockpot at home and plug it in to keep warm or continue cooking once you arrive.
When traveling a distance and visiting family where you feel comfortable cooking in the host’s kitchen, for celiacs, bring a celiac travel kit to prevent cross-contamination: a skillet, spatula, flexible cutting board, and slow cooker liners.
For a full list of everything in my Celiac Travel Kit, download your free copy of Go Gluten Freely’s Vacation Rental Meal Planner.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This stuffing is rich with butter and full of flavor.
Your guests won’t know it’s gluten-free!
This recipe is time-saving and space-saving. Both are at a premium on Thanksgiving.
The timing is perfect, always! If your stuffing is finished before your turkey is ready, switch your crockpot to warm.
Next year, you won’t have to search for a gluten-free stuffing recipe, because once you discover how easy and delicious this stuffing is, you will make it year after year.
Need more help for Thanksgiving? Check out our post on How to Simplify Your Gluten-Free Thanksgiving for more tips and a full Thanksgiving menu with recipes. And download our free Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Planner.
Slow Cooker Gluten-Free StuffingCourse: Holiday Side DishCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
This flavorful recipe for gluten-free stuffing made in your slow cooker saves valuable space in your oven during holiday meals. You can also save time by using 2 boxes of store-bought, Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix in lieu of making your own gluten-free bread cubes. Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix is an excellent choice!
- Seasoned Gluten-Free Bread Cube Recipe Ingredients
(Omit if using store-bought, gluten-free stuffing mix)
2 – 18 ounce loaves of gluten-free bread
1 cup butter (melted)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Slow Cooker Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe
1 cup butter
2 cups chopped onion
2 cups chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
12 ounces sliced mushrooms
12 cups of gluten-free seasoned bread cubes (or 2 – 12 ounce boxes of store-bought gluten-free stuffing mix with seasoning package)
4 cups gluten-free chicken broth
2 eggs (beaten)
- Seasoned Gluten-Free Bread Cube Recipe
(skip ahead to Slow Cooker Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe, if using store-bought Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix)
- Preheat oven to 300°.
- In a mixing bowl, stir melted butter and all spices.
- Using a pastry brush, coat both sides of each slice of bread with the butter-spice mixture. Use the entire butter-spice mixture. It is fine if each slice does not have an even amount of the mixture.
- Cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes.
- Place bread cubes in a single layer on two large baking sheets.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Cool completely before storing seasoned bread cubes in a sealed container for up to three days (for ideal freshness).
- Slow Cooker Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion, celery, parsley, and mushrooms in butter for approximately 10 minutes, until onions are translucent.
- In the slow cooker, combine seasoned bread cubes, vegetables, and (if using storebought gluten-free stuffing mix) seasoning package.
- Pour in broth.
- Mix in eggs.
- Cook on high for 45 minutes. Stir gently. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 4 hours. If the stuffing is ready before the turkey, reduce heat to warm until ready to serve.