There’s no better time to start thinking about what gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes will be on your menu this year! And in this post, I've rounded up a delicious collection of appetizers, sides, mains, and desserts for your Thanksgiving dinner table!
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About This Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes Round-Up
Whether you are making dinner for yourself, your partner, immediate family, or even having a virtual Thanksgiving - there’s still reason to enjoy a hot cooked meal.
This gluten-free Thanksgiving recipe round-up has over 25 gluten-free dishes that beg to be eaten, including fall favorites, fun appetizers, drinks, dinner rolls, and turkey alternatives - in case that bird just ain't your thing.
These ideas come from my fellow food bloggers and gluten-free eaters, as well as a few favorites from right here on The Nomadic Fitzpatricks.
If you were recently diagnosed with celiac disease or just started your gluten-free diet, the holidays definitely don’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite foods. It's important to speak to your host or family about your dietary needs around the holidays- and don't be shy. Self-advocacy goes hand in hand with celiac disease - and while it might be exhausting at times, it's very important.
When it comes to the holiday season, don't forget to think about the families in your own community who are struggling to put food on the table - especially those with food allergies and celiac disease.
If you have the means to, consider donating some canned goods or food to your local food pantry. I do this every Thanksgiving, and though I don't normally advertise it, I'm sharing it here in this recipe roundup as we all think about family gatherings this holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday, TNF family!
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipe Collection
- About This Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes Round-Up
- Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipe Collection
- Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Appetizers
- Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Main Courses
- Gluten-Free Side Dishes
- Gluten-Free Breads & Rolls
- Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts
- Gluten-Free Breakfast Dishes For the Day After
- Final Thoughts: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
- More Fall Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Appetizers
Start your Thanksgiving off right with these gluten-free appetizers!
These are great finger foods and so fun to make with kids! Tasty puff pastry from Schar and your favorite gluten-free hot dogs combine for this fun appetizer.
How fun and festive are cornucopias - especially edible ones? Just make sure your salami is labeled gluten-free to make these adorable appetizers stuffed with a cream cheese filling!
Something about butternut squash soup is so homey. And a warm cup of soup is a lovely way to start Thanksgiving dinner!
Wow your friends and family with an epic charcuterie board. Pick your favorite gluten-free crackers, along with cheese, dried fruits, salami roses, and any other fall-themed goodies you want to add.
The sweetness of apples combined with crunchy walnuts, shallots, and spinach? What a great combo! Get the details on this Mediterranean salad to serve with your Thanksgiving appetizers.
Snack plates are always the first thing I gravitate toward at a gluten-free get-together. And with both spinach artichoke and pimiento cheese you've got some fantastic dips you can serve with veggies, gluten-free crackers, cheese, and more.
If you love baked potatoes, you'll find this soup to be absolutely divine! Matt of Glass of Weinstein serves of a scrumptious gluten-free baked potato soup with all the toppings. This is a great appetizer idea to feed a crowd and customize everyone's soups for them!
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Main Courses
Everything from turkey, chicken, ham, and a little something different if you’re looking to spice things up this year.
Tired of cooking turkey in the oven? Try this method using a tried and true cooking tool - the crockpot, with fresh herbs and seasonings!
As an alternative to turkey, consider making ham. Ham, like turkey, also makes excellent leftovers the next day for sandwiches. And this glazed baked ham looks absolutely mouthwatering!
Right from the archives! This pot roast cooks in the oven, low and slow, but produces fall apart tender results. And you can cook your veggies with it at the same time.
A roast chicken is always a good idea. Don’t feel like turkey? Try this delicious version with fresh herbs.
If you are interested in a vegetarian option for this year’s Thanksgiving, try this quinoa stuffed acorn squash - still packed with protein and with lots of vegetable goodness.
Gluten-Free Side Dishes
Thanksgiving, in my opinion, is all about the sides! Sides are some of the most exciting, most delicious, and most traditional parts of this holiday. Check out these fabulous gluten-free Thanksgiving side dish recipes!
If you've never had brussel sprouts, this is the perfect introduction. Chopped bacon, a drizzle of honey, and topped with balsamic glaze - you’ll never look at brussels the same way again!
Carrots are one of the best veggies to roast - their sweetness is amplified by time in the oven. And these roasted carrots are even sweeter with some maple syrup and fresh thyme.
Stuffing is classic Thanksgiving. Do you stuff your turkey, or cook it separately? Get the details on this gluten-free stuffing made from scratch with gluten-free bread.
Stuffing is a classic Thanksgiving dish, but this version from Kelsey of the Gluten-Free Grasses has a special twist to it combining mashed potatoes AND stuffing! Do you stuff your turkey, or cook it separately? Get the details on this gluten-free stuffing you can easily make in the crockpot right here!
Our family has never eaten green bean casserole! We prefer a dish like this one - simple, less fattening, and super appealing with fresh almonds! You can make them on the stove or in your instant pot.
Corn casserole was one of my favorite side dishes as a kid! Here, Katie from Wheat by the Wayside makes a decadent gluten-free version!
Cranberries have a natural sweetness to them, which means you really don’t need all that sugar! Here’s a healthier way to enjoy this tart side dish.
Gravy is often a culprit for having gluten due to thickening it with flour - but not this gravy! This recipe uses either tapioca starch or cornstarch for a thick and flavorful gravy.
Gluten-Free Breads & Rolls
Don't buy a storebought mix - try this gluten-free cornbread for your own tasty Thanksgiving alternative to traditional bread. This is my go-to recipe from Healthy Gluten-Free Family and it NEVER disappoints!
A sweeter bread made gluten and dairy-free with all the pumpkin flavors - plus chocolate chips for an extra treat!
Another Thanksgiving classic from Matt of Glass of Weinstein! These dinner rolls are made from scratch but you only need three gluten-free flours to make them happen. If you miss having rolls with Thanksgiving dinner, these are a definite must-make!
If you've ever dreamt of getting your hands on the Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits once more, here's your chance! These are made with almond flour and are gluten-free.
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Desserts
What we wait all day for - the chance to enjoy something sweet!
The perfect Thanksgiving dessert - and this gluten-free pumpkin pie one knocks it out of the park! Trust me!
My friend Mollie of Gluten-Free Mollie D makes the most insane chocolate chip cookies! Definitely don't miss out on making these - you'll be addicted in no time.
Crunchy pecans and homemade crust are one of the reasons pecan pie is a beloved Thanksgiving dessert. This recipe from Allergy Free Alaska has great tips for substitutions and making it dairy-free, as well!
There's something perfect about a slice of apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top, right? And with a lattice top, you'll wow your family and friends!
Another decadent dessert - but without the gluten, dairy, or nuts! Check out this yummy pumpkin pie with a homemade crust and filling.
Skip the flour, skip the pumpkin, and go right for the gold - chocolate torte! Rich, with real chocolate, and absolutely perfect!
Another scrumptious recipe from The Gluten-Free Grasses, perfect for the fall holidays with a pumpkin cake and cream cheese filling in this pumpkin roll! Yum!
Gluten-Free Breakfast Dishes For the Day After
Hosting the holiday but not sure what to make the morning after? Here are some tasty gluten-free breakfast ideas!
Cinnamon raisin bread, cream cheese, and fresh maple syrup combine in this gluten-free baked casserole! Trust me - you won't regret it!
Karen from Health GF Family is at it again - with another classic recipe made gluten-free: cinnamon rolls. Need I say more?
Final Thoughts: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
I hope this recipe round-up has given you some inspiration for what to put on your Thanksgiving dinner table this year! Just because a recipe is gluten-free doesn't mean it tastes bad. In fact, I'm convinced that these gluten-fee Thanksgiving recipes will show you what amazing dishes you can create without that annoying gluten!
And speaking of gluten...
Is this your first Thanksgiving with celiac disease? Worried about navigating it on your own, or feeling left out? Be sure to read my celiac holiday survival guide to make sure you stay safe, included, and don't burn out attending a food-focused holiday like Thanksgiving.
And if you're looking for more gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes to create...
More Fall Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
Want to showcase pumpkin as an appetizer? Check out this pumpkin soup - gluten and dairy-free, with a vegan option!
Looking for a gluten-free scone recipe? Be basic and enjoy it with these gluten-free pumpkin scones and maple frosting.
Looking for another sweet treat to add to your dessert menu? Try gluten-free coffee cake - it won a Girl Scout bakeoff back in the day!
Ready to take your baking skills to the next level? Try these delightful, buttery, and flaky gluten-free croissants.
What does your family serve for Thanksgiving?
What dishes are you looking forward to enjoying gluten-free?
Let me know in the comments below!