Many classic holiday sides are naturally gluten-free. Green beans, roasted Brussels sprouts, citrusy salads—all of these holiday sides are safe for gluten-free eaters. Others like stuffing, macaroni and cheese, and pilafs need special recipes to avoid sources of gluten for eaters who are sensitive or avoiding the wheat protein altogether. With these tips and tricks, you can turn our traditional holiday recipes into a delicious gluten-free holiday menu. Read labels carefully; gluten hides in unexpected places.
Wild Rice Stuffing with Dried Cherries and Toasted Pecans
Wild rice stuffing flecked with pecans and dried cherries offers another whole-grain medium. Be sure to cook the rice to al dente first before assembling the stuffing to bake—this way, the grain cooks to the right consistency. If you're worried about mushiness, start with a pilaf method: Sauté the grains in a few teaspoons of oil for a minute or two. The oil coating helps prevent overabsorption.
• • Gluten-Free Tip: Use a gluten-free chicken broth, such as Pacific Natural Foods or Kitchen Basics, or water.