As Thanksgiving approaches, the anticipation of delicious feasts and gatherings fills the air. For those with gluten sensitivities or Celiac disease, navigating the holiday spread can be challenging. But fear not! I've got a delightful gluten-free side dish that will not only satisfy your taste buds but also complement the traditional Thanksgiving flavors. Say hello to my Savory Gluten-Free Herb Stuffing – a dish that proves gluten-free can be just as tasty and comforting!
1 loaf gluten-free bread (about 14 ounces), cubed
1/2 cup unsalted butter or dairy-free alternative
1 large onion, diced
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
2 to 3 cups gluten-free chicken or vegetable broth
Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
Preheat the Oven:
--Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a baking dish.
Prepare the Bread:
--Cut the gluten-free bread into 1-inch cubes. Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and toast them in the preheated oven for about 10-15 minutes or until they are golden and crisp.
Sauté the Vegetables:
-- In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the diced onion and chopped celery, sautéing until they become soft and translucent. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
--Add the dried sage, thyme, rosemary, and oregano to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir the herbs into the vegetable mixture, allowing the flavors to meld for a couple of minutes.
--In a large mixing bowl, combine the toasted bread cubes with the sautéed vegetable and herb mixture. Toss everything together until the bread cubes are well-coated with the savory goodness.
Moisten with Broth:
--Gradually pour the gluten-free broth over the bread mixture, ensuring that it is evenly moistened. The amount of broth needed may vary, so add it a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
Bake to Perfection:
--Transfer the stuffing mixture to the greased baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.
Garnish and Serve:
-- Remove the stuffing from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley before serving.
This Savory Gluten-Free Herb Stuffing is sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving table. Packed with the comforting flavors of herbs and perfectly toasted bread, it's a side dish that everyone can enjoy, regardless of dietary restrictions. So, this holiday season, let your gluten-free Thanksgiving feast be just as flavorful and memorable as ever!