Celiacs and those with gluten allergies are used to being left out of meals containing any kind of bread. With this recipe adaptation, you won’t miss out on a delicious Thanksgiving classic. Flavorful broth infuses sautéed vegetables and savory sausage to create a contrast with sweet apple slices, while the herbs and bread cubes add texture and seasoning. Whether it serves as an accompaniment to a turkey or stands all on its own, no Thanksgiving would be complete without this traditional holiday dish. By Helen Schrayer
Adapted from seriouseats.com
- 1 loaf gluten-free bread, cut into bite-size cubes (8-9 cups)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 chicken sausages (about 10 ounces) broken into small pieces
- 2 cups chopped celery (about 4 large stalks)
- 1 cup peeled, diced apple
- 2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large onion)
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic (about four cloves)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 cups gluten-free turkey, chicken, or vegetable stock, divided
Preheat oven to 325 °F. Divide bread cubes between two large baking sheets. Toast until bread is golden brown and dry, about 30 minutes. Remove pans from oven and allow bread to cool.
Grease a 9x13-inch baking sheet and set aside. Place bread cubes in a large bowl. In a large pot, heat olive oil until shimmering. Add sausage, break apart into small bites with a fork as it cooks. Cook until no pink pieces of sausage remain, about three minutes. Remove the sausage from the oil using a slotted spoon. Place sausage on a plate and set aside.
Add celery. Cook until celery just begins to soften, about two minutes. Stirring frequently. Add onion and apple. Cook for two minutes, continue to stir frequently. Add garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper. Cook until celery and onions are soft and aromatic. Spoon vegetables onto the bread cubes. Add sausage pieces and stir.
Pour about two cups of the broth over the bread. Stir until cubes absorb the broth. This takes a minute. Add an additional cup of broth. Continue to stir until broth is absorbed. If bread seems dry, add final cup of broth. (Bread cubes should be moist but not soggy. It’s okay it the some of the cubes fall apart. This is normal.) Transfer stuffing to prepared pan.
Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake in a 325 °F oven until warm, about 30 minutes. Remove foil and return pan to the oven and bake until golden brown, about five minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.