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Get It Stuffed! The Gluten Free Way

20 years ago my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease!  At the time, we felt overwhelmed. What do you feed your child when she can’t have wheat, rye, barley, malt and everything else in between? You would be surprised to find out how many products, including frozen and canned foods, contain gluten! And how many others are contaminated. One of our first challenge was our Holiday Dinner, from the gravy to the cookies without forgetting the required turkey stuffing, all contained gluten! We originally tried a gluten-free bread stuffing but nobody really liked it, gluten-free bread is an acquired taste. The following year, I tried a gluten-free rice stuffing recipe, and it was a hit! So, in the spirit of sharing, here is the best gluten-free rice stuffing recipe you will ever eat (or one of them anyway!). I personally prefer it to bread stuffing and it is healthier.

I know, you must think this post has nothing to do with money. It does! It is an affordable gluten free recipe! And next time, we will try the Money Stuffing Recipe!


Best Gluten Free Rice Stuffing Recipe For Turkey

It is one of the simplest recipes I have found and also one of the best. Sure to please all members of your family whether they have Celiac Disease or not! Plus these days, lots of people follow gluten free diets for various health reasons.

This past Thanksgiving (Canada) I tried a cranberry & apple bread stuffing for a change and, while I quite enjoyed it, it wasn’t such a hit with the rest of the family.

Preparation time: 25 minutes


  • 2 cups long grain white rice ( when I can find it, I buy a mix of long grain with wild rice)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup raisins (my kids don’t like it with raisins but I do)
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry (I usually skip that ingredient)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme.


  1. Cook the rice in 31/2 cups water or whatever the rice instructions call for.
  2. Sauté the onion through garlic in the butter.
  3. Combine the rice and onion mixture with raisins through thyme, and mix thoroughly
  4. Stuff the bird just before cooking.
  5. Keep the extra aside and warm up before serving.

Make sure to follow the mixing steps carefully as it does make a difference in the overall taste if you don’t. I mixed in the spices during step #2 once and it wasn’t as good.

The Perfect Dinner

To make this a perfect Thanksgiving dinner, try this homemade Tangy Cranberry Sauce (it is my son’s favorite and so easy to make) and my favorite side dish: Squash Brulée.

Also be sure to check out Freddy’s post on how to best cook your turkey and a few other tips:  GoodEats for Cheap #6 – Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all our american readers 

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12 thoughts on “Get It Stuffed! The Gluten Free Way

  1. No ciliac here but I do have a mild gluten sensitivity. (Actually diagnosed not just something I just think). I tend to limit gluten rather then cut it fully out. I may just have to try this one.

    1. Well if you do try it, let me know what you think:) I know lots of people who follow the diet because it is healthier in general, even without being diagnosed. I didn’t even know what gluten was until my daughter was diagnosed. It is so much easier now to buy any gluten free products, it wasn’t the same 20 years ago (OMG I sound so old). Happy Thanksgiving FTF.

  2. hey, thanks for the shout out. i’m going to make an alternative cajun stuffing (they call it dressing in the american south) so maybe i’ll use rice instead of cornbread. thanks for the recipe. i’ll brulee the squash too!

  3. Looks pretty good. I’m getting ready for all things Turkey. Canada already celebrated, right? Is this a normal work week for you all? Tom

    1. Hi Tom, yes we did back in October. Now we have to wait until Christmas!
      It is a regular week for us but since I work for a large US corporation, it almost feels like a holiday:)
      Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to our neighbours down south!

    It’s good that gluten free options have exploded in the past 5 years or so, they even have delicious gluten free bakeries here!
    I know someone who was diagnosed with celiac at age 55! She was feeling bloated, losing weight, and osteoporotic.

    Recipe looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Caroline, I used to have a coworker who switched to gluten free diet several years ago. She said she was getting healthier, and it’s not very hard to shop for gluten free food. Thanks for sharing the recipe, and it sounds like a great Thanksgiving dinner.

  6. Their a lot gluten free recipes nowadays and being promoted.
    Thanksgiving was good last week. Get together with family, having plenty of food and stuffed with it….hahaha!! Is Thanksgiving celebrated the same way in Canada? I know it was celebrated last month up there

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