Every year as a family we come together to plan our Thanksgiving menu. Gluten free stuffing was a request from both my husband and children. It’s been a few years since we have had stuffing, as I’ve always found other alternatives but this year we thought to try our own version of the classic Thanksgiving stuffing minus the turkey, and luckily it turned out great.
I have to say that I did cheat a bit with this recipe. I like to make my own fresh bread at times but for the holidays I try to keep things simple. It’s easy to get lost in all the festivities but feeling overwhelmed in the kitchen is the last thing I want, I’m sure you can agree. So instead, I went out and bought a loaf of gluten free bread that I could use for this recipe.
Shopping during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving can feel a bit like a war zone. Everything you seem to be looking for is gone, luckily they still had a couple loafs of gluten-free bread to choose from. I bought the Food For Life brand, gluten-free rice millet bread and it worked great. Use whichever one you like most for this recipe.
Most recipes tell you to cut the bread into bite size cubes and leave them out over night. I prefer to toast them instead, either method works great.
- 1 loaf of gluten free bread (I used Food For Life)
- 1 1/2 cup carrot (chopped)
- 1 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
- 1 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- salt & pepper to taste
- Chop bread into bite size pieces and spread on a large baking sheet. Bake at 350°F, stir occasionally until dried and golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool.
- While you are baking your bread, use your food processor to chop onions, celery and carrots.
- In a large mixing bowl add toasted bread, onions, celery, carrots, thyme, rosemary, salt, pepper and vegetable broth. Mix to combine ingredients. Pour into a 9 in. baking dish.
- Bake until golden brown and hot all around. Approximately 30 min. Allow 10 min to cool before serving. Enjoy!
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