Thanksgiving Pie

Yum! Pie. Pumpkin pie.

You can’t eat gluten? That is not a problem! Gluten-free pie can be better than pie made with gluten.

Here is how you can make it:

Here are some more instructions:

You want everything COLD. Much more important than gluten to a pie dough is cold. Weigh out the flours you’re going to be using and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes before you start. If you’re using the food processor, put the bowl and blade of the food processor in the freezer as well. Cube up your butter into 1-inch pieces and put them in the refrigerator. You want COLD. That’s what makes a pie crust flaky.

And if you want to make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? Here is the best way to do so:

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! Happy Holidays

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-Janice Vargas 🙂

A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about family and well, the food. We all know how much we are looking forward to this at home; Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this is definitely something that has been on my mind. There are actually plenty of convenient gluten-free foods and ingredients for Thanksgiving you can use as shortcuts, or you can decide to make everything on your menu from scratch — your choice. Pinterest has a great board of GF Thanksgiving Recipes – I highly recommend browsing through this.

Here’s a run-through of traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and what you need to do to make them gluten-free:

The turkey. Fresh, plain turkeys — those without any added broth, spices or other ingredients — are always gluten-free. Don’t open any gravy packet that’s included with a turkey, though — those almost certainly contain gluten.

Stuffing. It’s actually pretty easy to make gluten-free stuffing, and once you add spices and other ingredients, it’s likely to taste almost exactly the way you remember it. You can use a mix or simply use gluten-free bread crumbs (either packaged or from your own stale bread) in your own traditional recipe — you shouldn’t even need to alter the recipe. If you add spices, make sure they’re from a safe source.

Mashed potatoes. Some brands of instant mashed potatoes are gluten-free, as well, but it’s not difficult to make your own, and I think they taste better that way.

 Sweet potatoes. You might find a recipe for candied sweet potatoes that includes flour as an ingredient, but I think it would be more the exception than the rule — the vast majority I’ve seen are naturally gluten-free.

Gravy. Many of us grew up watching our mothers make Thanksgiving gravy using the turkey pan drippings, plus wheat flour. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to make gluten-free gravy — just substitute corn starch for the flour.

Pumpkin pie. The trick to making a decent gluten-free pie is placing the emphasis on the filling, not on the crust. That being said, though, it’s not difficult to make a decent gluten-free pie crust, or you can purchase one pre-made and frozen at many high-end grocery stores. You also can try one of these gluten-free pumpkin recipes, which include ideas for pies and more. Just make sure that all your other ingredients — spices, mainly — are from safe sources.

 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

-Janice Vargas

Gluten Free Thanksgiving

What do stuffing, sweet potato pie, and and pumpkin pie all have in common?

You guessed it! None of them are gluten free…until now! Because of the increase of gluten free people around the world, great thinkers and eaters alike have come together to create your favorite Thanksgiving staples, all without gluten.

First, let’s talk about the turkey. What many people don’t know is that turkey brines and gravy can often contain gluten. That being said, taking gluten out of a brine does not mean you have to take out the flavor, too. I found a recipe for a brine on celiac.com that includes vegetable broth, sea salt, Juniper berries, rosemary, sage, thyme, savory, and ice water. You can find the full recipe as well as the preparation instructions here.

To make gluten free stuffing, the best way is to use Udi’s gluten free bread. Although I normally am in favor of using foods that are naturally gluten free, using gluten free bread is the only way to replicate the classic Thanksgiving stuffing we all love. “Gluten Free Girl” has an amazing recipe that can be found here. Enjoy!

Lastly, dessert. What is Thanksgiving without a delicious pumpkin pie?! By using amaranth or rice flour in the filling and using this recipe for the crust, you can bake the gluten free pumpkin pie you’ve been dreaming about. Click here for the gluten free filling recipe.

So, on the holiday that is essentially centered around eating, don’t worry about bringing a takeout container of your own gluten free food to the home of whoever is hosting dinner–share the recipes! Or, even better, host a thanksgiving dinner of your own! We all have a lot to be thankful for…like these recipes.

Happy holidays!