Over 100 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes, Plus GFE Thanks and “Wisdom”

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Yes, it’s time to share some Thanksgiving recipes here on gfe. I know some of you think I’m behind the game as we’re only a week away from Thanksgiving! Hey, how did that happen? It’s like this every year though. The passing of time always seems to accelerate even more once we hit November. If you haven’t figured out what you’re making yet or want to try something new, here are some gfe recipe ideas for you, plus a few more “with a little help from my friends.” Note that all of these recipes will work just fine for rest of the holiday season, too, and some you’ll definitely want to enjoy all year long!

A word of gfe advice … please don’t stress too much over this event. I’m not talking about worrying about staying gluten free, of course. That’s critical. (For that topic, see my post on staying safe and gluten free and my series on dealing with gluten-full friends and family.) I’m just talking about not letting the quest for the perfect holidays get to you. Try to have fun and roll with the punches, so to speak. The Thanksgiving celebrations that are remembered are not the “perfect” ones; they’re the imperfect ones. We still talk about the Thanksgiving at my house where suddenly there were no rolls left and nobody wanted to say anything lest someone was being a roll hog. When the meal was over, we found most of the rolls on the floor under the table. We had absolutely no idea how that happened, but we still laugh about it with delight!

Here’s another example of how non-perfect moments can become the best, most worthy memories. Last year, I was hosting our family Thanksgiving and running behind. I knew I had to make my Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies (links in listing below) to keep everyone happy. My family so loves these cookies as part of our special occasion meals. I had already mixed up the dough, but had run out of time to actually bake the cookies. So I set the bowl of cookie dough on the porch to stay cool. Once our meal was done, I put my apron back on and baked the cookies while we all chatted and sipped our seasonal beverages. As you can imagine, getting to enjoy beloved chocolate chip cookies warm right out of the oven was a very special treat for all. Now whenever I’m hosting, that will be part of the ritual—and a very welcome one indeed!

Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday over the years because it focuses on the most important things in life—dear family and friends, delicious and nourishing food, love, laughter, and all life’s blessings. I am thankful for each and every one of you, my gfe readers. Hope you all have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Appetizer Recipes

Crab Ball

Elegant and Easy Party Puffs

Mom’s Deviled Eggs

Pumpkin Hummus (*verify all ingredients are gluten free and make substitutions if needed)

Welcome Pumpkin

Beverage Recipes

Caramel Macchiato

Cool-Aid, Not Kool-Aid

Wassail (Sweet and Spiced Hot Apple Cider-Based Punch)

Pumpkin Kahlua Maple Latte

Pumpkin Pie Martinis

Reindeer Antlers Punch (our family’s kickoff to that other upcoming holiday!)

Velvety Pumpkin Spice “Latte” (Kid Friendly)

Entrée/Main Dish Recipes

Crockpot Maple Ham

Momma’s Turkey

Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey Roulade

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Stuffed with Ricotta, Tomato, and Basil

Slow Cooker Special Zesty Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Super Easy Turkey Breast

Southern Fried Oysters

Susie’s Crab Casserole

Vegan “Meat”balls

Salad Recipes

Great Salad

Raw Fruit and Nut Kale Salad

Sprouted Lentil Salad

Ten Favorite Deliciously Healthy Salads That Are Perfect for Thanksgiving (*verify all ingredients are gluten free and make substitutions if needed)


Soup Recipes

Moroccan Spicy Tomato Soup

Quick and Easy New England Clam Chowder

Seafood Chowder

Dressing and Stuffing Recipes

Crunchy Long Grain and Wild Rice Dressing

Paleo Bacon “Cornbread” Stuffing

Surprise Tortilla Chip Stuffing

Other Side Dish Recipes

Candy Carrot Coins

Cheesy Baked Rice

Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Classic Corn Pudding

Corn and Butter Bean (or Lima Bean) Casserole

“Grown-Up” Green Bean Casserole

Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper with Garlic and Ginger

Pumpkin Mac ‘n Cheese

Savory Sweet Potato Bake

Ten Favorite Deliciously Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving (*verify all ingredients are gluten free and make substitutions if needed)

Crocheted Turkey

Bread Recipes

A Bountiful Bread Basket Part 1:  Top 20 Gluten-Free Bread Recipes:  Loaves

A Bountiful Bread Basket Part 2: Top 40 Gluten-Free Bread Recipes: Basic Rolls and Biscuits

Brazilian Un-cheese Rolls

Corn Muffins

Flat and Firm Cornbread

Paleo Bread


Sweet Potato Biscuits

Dessert Recipes

Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cupcakes

Best Ever Dairy-Free Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy Free)

Mediterranean Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Silk Pie

Crème Brulee Ice Cream

Crustless Apple Pie

Crustless Apple Pie (Grain-Free, Paleo Version)

Crustless Coconut Pie

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Crustless Sweet Potato Pie

Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy Crustless Pecan Pie

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Honey Cinnamon Grand Marnier Ice Cream

No-Joke Dark Chocolate Layer Cake

Paleo Cinnamon Apple Cake

Perfect Pound Cake

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Real Deal Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rich Chocolate Ice Cream

Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tunnel of Fudge Bundt Cake

Vanilla Bundt Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze

Vegan Simple and Good Chocolate Cake

Vinegar Pie

And if you need a crust for your pies (and any of my crustless pies will actually work just fine in a crust if you prefer):

No Roll, Never Fail, Press-In Pie Crust

Looking for a specific gluten-free dessert? You can probably find the gluten-free dessert recipe you are looking for (even several variations!) over at my other blog, All Gluten-Free Desserts … All The Time.

Plan for Leftovers

Here’s your plan for leftovers (there’s even a way to use your leftover stuffing):

Black-Eye Pea Soup with Ham and Turkey


Pot Pie

Tasty Tortilla Soup

Turkey Enchilada Casserole

Turkey Soup

Turkey Tetrazzini (and more leftover ideas)

Cookbooks That Are Perfect for Your Holidays

Here are some other sources of terrific gluten-free recipes for the holiday season:

Danielle’s (Against All Grain) Kindle ebook:  Thankful (20 Thanksgiving Gluten-Free and Paleo Recipes) (number one of ALL cookbooks on Amazon right now; all proceeds between now and Thanksiving will go to typhoon relief efforts)

gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, paleo Thanksgiving recipes, Danielle Baker, Against All Grain

Amie’s (The Healthy Apple) Holiday Ebook (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Peanut-Free Vegetarian) 80 holiday recipes inside (vegetarian/vegan and paleo recipes) along with COUPONS and a Raffle!

gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, gluten-free Christmas recipes, gluten-free Hanukkah recipes, gluten free, Amie Valpone, The Healthy Apple

Lexie’s (Lexie’s Kitchen) Everyday Classics:  Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Egg-Free Recipes (there are 68 phenomenal recipes for beloved pantry staples, breakfasts, dinners and desserts)

Lexie's Kitchen Everyday Classics, gluten-free cookbook, dairy-free cookbook, egg-free cookbook, Alexa Croft, Lexie's Kitchen

Ricki’s (Ricki Heller) Naturally Sweet & Gluten Free:  Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts (so many amazing treats—100 to be exact—in this one)

Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free by Ricki Heller

Stephanie’s (A Year of Slow Cooking) 365 Slow Cooker Suppers (after a day of shopping, hanging lights, putting up the tree, etc., it will be great to simply take the lid off your slow cooker and serve up a delicious dinner!)

365 Slow Cooker Recipes, Stephanie O'Dea

Here are some more recipes, ideas, and tips you can use for Thanksgiving:

5 Tips for a Safe, Gluten-Free Thanksgiving (or Any Holiday/Group Event)

A GFE Thanksgiving All The Way

A Gluten-free, Vegan Thanksgiving

Gluten-Free Galore and More (dozens of bloggers share gluten-free Thanksgiving dishes)

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Over 40 Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipes

They Just Don’t Understand—Dealing with Gluten-Full Friends and Family Series

Your Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Thanksgiving Menu & Grocery List

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, and Gluten-Free Fridays.

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22 Responses to “Over 100 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes, Plus GFE Thanks and “Wisdom””

  1. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat on November 21st, 2013 7:39 pm

    What a treasure trove! I need to get digging through this list. I’m in charge of dessert for next Thursdays! Thanks for making my life easier!


    • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 12:37 pm

      Hey Heather–Thanks! I am sure you will have no trouble at all coming up with an excellent dessert for Thanksgiving on your own, but hope you enjoyed your perusing. ;-)

      Happy Thanksgiving, dear! xoxo,

  2. Marianne on November 21st, 2013 8:54 pm

    Oh wowsers!! What a list! Thank you for all your work!

    • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 12:38 pm

      Hi Marianne–Thank you! Lots of old favorites in this listing as well as some great recipes from friends. :-) Wish I could include every one that strikes my fancy! ;-) I’ve been loving your cracker recipes of late. Must get busy trying those soon!


  3. Angela on November 22nd, 2013 2:17 pm

    Now that I have read your post – wow! Thanks for this most awesome list – this helps so much!

    • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 12:39 pm

      Hi Angela–Thanks, dear! I hope it helps you and lots of folks! Most of us have our old favorites, but do like to try something new from time to time. ;-)

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  4. Paula @CeliacCorner on November 22nd, 2013 5:10 pm

    Thank you Shirley – great roundup of recipes! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving .. and holiday season.

    • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 12:41 pm

      Hi Paula–It’s terrific to see you again! :-) Thanks for the kind feedback and the holiday wishes, too. Sending the same back to you, my dear!


  5. Maggie on November 22nd, 2013 9:30 pm

    Wow Shirley, this is amazing! What a gem you are for putting this together. I know so many people (including myself) who are so thankful for you and all you’ve done for the gf community. Enjoy your holiday with your boys! xo

    • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 12:44 pm

      Maggie–I’ve been thinking of you this morning because I’m sitting here drinking a huge mug of Constant Comment with a huge cinnamon stick working its magic. On this rainy cold Thanksgiving Eve, it’s delightful! :-) You are very generous with your words, my dear friend, and I thank you for them. There’s so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! My youngest “boy” won’t be with us, but he’s got a surrogate Thanksgiving family (3 years in a row) and they look after his gf/df needs very well. Another reason to be thankful!

      Lots of xo to you!

  6. Ina gawne on November 22nd, 2013 11:52 pm

    Great post Shirley! And what a wonderful selection of recipes and cook books…enjoy your holiday!

    • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 12:47 pm

      Hi Ina–I know you’ve already celebrated so I really appreciate you stopping in and leaving such a lovely comment. :-) Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


  7. Kay on November 23rd, 2013 12:32 am

    Wow, Shirley! You’ve outdone yourself, and saved me some research. There was a recipe in the local paper for a pumpkin cake made with a can of pumpkin and an angel food cake mix. Think I’ll try it with your angel cake recipe and my fresh pumpkin. Thanks a bunch. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 12:48 pm

      Hi Kay–It’s been great to see you more on Facebook lately and so happy you stopped in here, too! I hope you find success with your cake plans. I know many will be interested in a pumpkin cake with an angel food base. ;-)

      Happy Thanksgiving, dear!

  8. Ricki on November 23rd, 2013 12:50 am

    What a perfect roundup, Shirley, and a perfect intro as well! I hope you have a stellar Thanksgiving. Your focus is certainly in the right place–people you care about, things to be thankful for in life, and GREAT FOOD! I love your new chocolate chip cookie tradition, too! Enjoy your holiday–I know you will. And thank YOU for everything you do. Big Hugs! xoxo

    • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 12:51 pm

      Hi Ricki–Thanks so much! You always make me smile and feel on top of the world! :-) I am thankful for all who are so giving, so real in our gf community. It’s delightful to see you and so many others in that group leaving comments here! The chocolate chip cookie tradition will continue I think. “Accidents” often make for the best traditions. ;-) It will be a great gathering tomorrow for sure. The hardest part will be “limiting” the food, especially the pies. ;-0


  9. amber on November 26th, 2013 11:06 pm

    You rock, Shirley!!! Thank you for this amazing list of recipes and other resources.

    Big hugs to you and a very Happy Thanksgiving.


    • Shirley on November 27th, 2013 12:54 pm

      Hi Amber–Thank you to another one of my favorite gf cheerleaders … for me and everyone else! :-) So glad you enjoyed the post. I could go on forever with the food ideas for this festive holiday meals. Thankfully, logic—and restraint—does enter in eventually. ;-)

      Happy Thanksgiving, my friend! I’m sure it will be a very special celebration at your house! :-) xoxo,

  10. Sharon McD. on November 27th, 2013 2:21 pm

    Hi Shirley,

    I stopped by to confirm that I had everything for the Great Salad. It was so convenient to see the link in your amazing round-up! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I think of you often! Hugs. XX

    • Shirley on November 28th, 2013 7:26 am

      Hi Sharon–It’s wonderful to hear from you! Thanks for your sweet words, dear. Isn’t it funny how the Great Salad contains so few ingredients yet you have to check each time you make it? I still pretty much do the same every time I make it and I make it almost every time our support group meets here. ;-)

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well! Hope it’s very special! :-) xo,

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