Make-Ahead (Gluten-Free) Turkey Gravy and Stuffing for Holiday Food Fest


The theme for this week’s Holiday Food Fest is Fall Dishes. If you have a favorite fall or Thanksgiving dish, please link up below to share! By doing so, you’ll enter for a chance to win a Flirty Apron! But more on that in a minute.

With Thanksgiving only 2 weeks away, I’m starting to form plans for how I will successfully host yet another big dinner for our family. Many families, including ours, have a variety of people with dietary restrictions. In our family, some cannot tolerate gluten, some cannot handle corn, and some are intolerant of sugar or dairy. I’m hoping to make a few dishes that will accommodate all of these restrictions, without sacrificing flavor. And to make it easier on myself, I’m planning ahead – making these dishes now, and freezing them until the big day.

Two of my favorite dishes to make ahead are gravy and stuffing. Yes, gluten-free gravy and stuffing! Not only is it gluten-free, it’s also sugar-free and dairy-free, so everyone can indulge in these Thanksgiving comfort foods. Making them ahead makes such a crucial difference the day of the big event. Have you ever tried to frantically make the gravy, while the bird rests, you’re finishing up other dishes, and there’s just not enough space or time? This gravy simplifies the whole process, as you only have to reheat it to serve. The stuffing only has to bake, so throw it in the oven as soon as the turkey comes out. Easy peasy! Once you have these two dishes in the bag, you can focus your energy on that beautiful bird, some mashed potatoes, or maybe a vegetable or two. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait!


Don’t forget to link up below for the chance to win an apron from Flirty Aprons! They sent me one to review, and it’s wonderfully well-made, machine-washable, and so cute! The straps are adjustable, so the aprons can fit any size. Absolutely the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. Link your favorite fall or Thanksgiving recipe, and comment below letting me know you did so. If you don’t have a blog, no worries – just leave me a comment sharing your recipe! The links will be available until Wednesday, November 18, at 11:59pm CST. Please make sure you leave your email address, so I can get in touch with you if you win!

The winners for this week’s Holiday Food Fest giveaways at Hoosier Homemade are:

Pampered Chef Pie & Tart Cookbook goes to April at Gluten Free Foods Rock
Red Velvet Cake Candle from goes to Alisa at One Frugal Foodie
Please get in touch with Liz at Hoosier Homemade to claim your prize!

Don’t forget next week’s Holiday Food Fest: Gifts of Good Taste! Phoebe at Cents to Get Debt Free will be hosting, so be sure to link up your favorite edible gifts. She will be giving away a Digital Precision Pro Kitchen Scale. I’m excited about this one too! I personally love making or receiving goodies packaged as gifts – so I want to see what everyone makes!


Gluten-Free Make-Ahead Gravy, adapted from Woman’s Day

4 lbs turkey wings, or turkey wings and drumsticks

2 medium onions, sliced

1 c water

8 c chicken broth

1 chopped carrot

1 stalk celery, chopped

1/2 t thyme leaves, chopped

1 t fresh parsley, chopped

1/2 t sage leaves, chopped

1/2 c potato starch

1/2 t freshly ground black pepper

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Put turkey wings/drumsticks in a single layer in a roasting dish; scatter onions on top. Roast for 1 – 1 1/2 hours or until turkey is browned.

Put turkey and onions into a large saucepan or pot. Add water to roasting pan, stir to scrape up brown bits. Add water to saucepan. Add 6 cups of broth (refrigerate the remaining 2 cups), carrot, celery, and herbs. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove turkey and set aside. When cool, pull off skin and meat. Discard skin; reserve meat for another use. Strain broth into saucepan; skim fat off of broth.

Bring broth to a gentle boil. In a separate bowl, whisk the potato starch with the remaining 2 cups of broth until smooth. Whisk into broth, simmering 5 minutes to thicken gravy. Sprinkle pepper over, taste; add additional salt if necessary.

You can freeze gravy for up to a month. Reheat, whisking as necessary. You can even add fat-skimmed drippings from the turkey to the broth before serving. Makes 8 cups.


Gluten-Free Stuffing, adapted from The Pioneer Woman and The Gluten-Free Homemaker

1 recipe gluten-free french bread, cubed, or about 4 cups of any cubed gluten-free bread (I used agave nectar instead of sugar in the recipe)

1/4 c olive oil

3 c butternut squash, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 onion, diced

1 c celery, diced

2 c low-sodium chicken broth

2 T fresh parsley, chopped

1 t fresh rosemary needles, chopped

1/2 t sage leaves, chopped

1/2 t thyme leaves, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Place the cubed bread on a baking sheet and place in the oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes to an hour, or until sufficiently dried out. Place cubed bread in a large bowl.

In a large skillet, place 1 T of the olive oil. Bring to a medium heat and add butternut squash. Saute until tender, but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add remainder of oil, and add onions and celery. Saute for a few minutes more, until onions are translucent.

Add broth and herbs to the onion-celery mixture, and bring to a boil. Add butternut to bread cubes and toss. Ladle broth mixture over bread cube mixture, tossing after each ladle, tasting the whole way. Salt and pepper to taste. If the mixture isn’t quite moist enough, add more broth and toss again.

At this point, you can either place in a baking dish, or stuff your bird. If baking right away in the baking dish, bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. If stuffing your bird, stuff just before you are ready to roast your turkey. What did I do? I placed the stuffing in a baking dish, wrapped it tightly, and placed in the freezer to save for Thanksgiving. (I only baked a little amount just for the photo – and a taste test.) I’ll defrost in the refrigerator for a day before Thanksgiving, and bake it for 25 minutes or so in the oven, until it’s browned. Might even put some turkey drippings over and toss, just for added flavor. 

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54 responses to “Make-Ahead (Gluten-Free) Turkey Gravy and Stuffing for Holiday Food Fest

  1. Gravy and stuffing? Sounds like thanksgiving to me! I made and linked to pumpkin pancakes. Because, you’ve got to eat breakfast too!

  2. I love leftover Turkey. One of my favorite recipes is my Turkey (or Chicken) and White Bean Chili:

  3. I entered the link for Mama Stambergs Cranberry relish. I make it every year and I love it on leftovers.

  4. Made my first Thanksgiving dish this year and it was a great Pumpkin Cream Cheese Tart as a sort of ode to pecan pie, check it out.

  5. Great minds think alike…I made stuffing, too. But I call it dressing – at least that’s what we called it growing up. We never stuffed it. I used cornbread – this was one of my first gluten-free successes and Joe and I love it. I still remember how excited we both were at the prospect of having cornbread dressing for the holidays!

    Your focus on simplicity is wonderful – I’ve read before that you’ve cooked for 30 people on the holidays. I think someday I’ll just hang out in the corner of you kitchen, watch, and learn.

    Thanks so much for hosting! I just love that apron, too. It’s adorable.

  6. Stuffing. That’s what I need to add to my list of things to make. I seriously can’t wait for Thanksgiving.

  7. I would just love to win that apron. I’ve been wanting a new one, and I need one that covers me above the waist. I love the fabric too! Thanks for hosting.

  8. That is the CUTEST apron!!! Man I love thanksgiving — I always wear loose pants to ensure I have ample room to eat whatever I want 🙂 Stuffing + Dressing = AWESOME

  9. Great minds really do think alike. : ) I made stuffing too! I’ll link up tomorrow as soon as it’s posted, but in the meantime, I LOVE that apron! It’s so cute!

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  12. Oh yum, beautiful stuffing and one very sexy apron. 🙂

  13. Your menu looks waaaaaay healthier than mine!! That apron is way too cute:-)

  14. I don’t cook gluten-free, but the stuffing and gravy look really yummy! Thanks for hosting and the apron is just as cute as it can be!

  15. I never thought to make the gravy ahead of time. I will definitely mention this to my mom this year. What a great, stress saving idea!

  16. I love the idea of gluten free gravy and stuffing!! I’ll be sure to share this with my mom who is a diabetic and is always looking for healthier alternatives!!! Thank you for sharing. and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  17. That apron is adorable! One of my best friends has celiac (I don’t know if I mentioned this to you before) and I am going to send her your blog : )

    My recipe is a main course : ) I use the same recipe with a roast chicken when it’s not turkey season!

    Rosemary, Garlic and Prosciutto Turkey

  18. Good thinking of making the gravy early. Sexy apron!

  19. Thank you so much! Her candles look adorable; I am so excited!

    I entered a link from last year, because it was the new way I love to enjoy sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. I hope this is okay that it is an older post. I will repost about the event though!

  20. We might be having two “stuffing’s” this year. We surly will be having a gluten free “feast” at our house this year. Thank you for the great post with recipes.

  21. Great gravy! I love, love love the apron! Super cute. I posted my Heaven Sent Muffins (Apple cakes). They are people pleasing things…You can’t tell the difference between the GF and flour made ones (I made both to put my husband to the test). Enjoy!

  22. You are smart to plan ahead. We have a vegetarian at our Thanksgiving table. I always make a side of vegetarian gravy ahead of time and freeze it so it is ready to go on the big day.

  23. I love the butternut squash with the stuffing! And that apron is absolutely adorable!

  24. Ohhhh I love this recipe! the gravy and stuffing together I can just eat that alone for thankgiving! heheh

    that apron looks so adorable too!

  25. Great recipes and what an apron! I have to figure out how to join in on the fun!

  26. Alta, I linked my pumpkin soup recipe!

  27. kms

    stuffing is my favorite part of thanksgiving! and that is such a cute, flirty apron! here is my contribution – pumpkin patch

  28. Now that is a flirty-flirty apron! You reminded me to wear a cute apron I received as a gift from a friend when TurkeyDay rolls around. I love the gravy and stuffing recipes; I’m sure they fill the house with delicious goodness when you’re preparing them!

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  30. I don’t even like gravy, but yours is beautiful. And, that stuffing is scrumptious, but, of course, it would be adapting from Ree and Linda, plus using your own talents–very cool!

    The apron is adorable!

    I’ve linked my sister’s crab casserole recipe that I adapted, which she adapted. It’s fun to tweak recipes, especially to make them gluten free (if needed), but still delish!


  31. I love your ideas for gluten-free gravy and stuffing. I am going to try these for my dad this holiday season. LOVE that apron! I can just see myself wearing it while I flit around in the kitchen, martini in hand. Here’s the link to my Apple & Cheddar Cheese Turnovers with Dried Cranberries & Hazelnuts.

  32. We have some great GF ideas … a full Thanksgiving Menu, actually, that is all Gluten-free …

  33. tastyeatsathome

    Amy – Your stuffing recipe looks awesome too! Thanks!

    Jenn – I can’t wait for it either! One of my favorite holidays, hands down!

    Caitlin – Looks delicious!

    Alisa – an older recipe is perfectly fine! thanks.

    Jessie – So could I!

    Diana – Wonderful soup – I’m making pumpkin soup (my thai curry recipe on this site) this weekend again! I love pumpkin.

    GFE – That dish looks superb. Yum!

    Cookin’ Canuck – I’m excited you made these. I saw them on Bon Appetit’s magazine too, they looked heavenly.

    Mike Lee – So many wonderful recipes! Thanks!

    Wasabi Prime, Shelly Huang, Debi, Chelsey, KMS, Gluten Free Foods Rock, Cheah, Melissa, Katrina, Liz, Susie’s Homemade, Divina, Iris, Joy, Linda, Kimberly Payne, Janis, Amanda, and Lauren – Thank you all so much for your kind words and submissions – everything looks awesome!

  34. I love the idea of make-ahead gravy! A great time-saver! I put in the link to my latest post on Thanksgiving dishes. Thanks!

  35. The apron looks like a hottie to me! haha… And the gravy should be perfect for this coming Christmas! Cheers.

  36. Nice gluten-free recipe and what a cute apron! Love it!

  37. Great recipes. I am going to make one of them for Thanksgiving. Love the apron, but I will not ware it because it is so pretty.

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  39. Thanks for hosting this weeks food fest. The gravy and stuffing look incredible! I’m not sure that I would look good in a Flirty apron, so I might pass on the give away:)

  40. Oh too fun! Those aprons are adorable!

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  42. tastyeatsathome

    Saveur, Simply Life, Brian, Mathea, Kristy, and Natasha – Thank you for your kind words and submissions!

    Jill Mann – You should at least put it on to parade around the house for a bit! 🙂

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  45. both the gravy and the stuffing look wonderful! My GF MIL will love these recipes. Thank you 🙂

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  47. Hey, if you want some other great recipe ideas. I found this woman by the name Rose Cole, she’s a certified nutrition coach and she has awesome Holiday Recipes that are gluten free. Her site is I highly recommend checking it out!

  48. I’m lactose intolerant and have always dreaded the holidays, as all the food seems to be loaded with dairy. After a recommendation of one of my friends, I found this nutrition coach named Rose Cole who has a holiday cookbook and has tons of dairy free recipes. Her site is

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  50. rita

    where the recipe to the delightful cukes on the masthead!!! i want that pickle recipes!!
    thank you for your website—

  51. tastyeatsathome

    Rita – The photo at top is of sauteed okra – here it is!

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  53. This stuffing looks wonderful! 🙂

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