Autumn is upon us and soon enough it will be time to begin thumbing through the tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes to draft the menu.
While Thanksgiving is rooted in tradition, many of us often opt for unconventional recipes to liven up the dinner table.
Thanksgiving is also very much about family togetherness, and sometimes our families aren’t as enthusiastic about experimenting with new flavor profiles on such a beloved holiday.
New recipes don’t have to rock the boat too much, though. This year, why not try a couple of items off the gluten-free Thanksgiving menu and put a new spin on some of the classics?
If you prefer basic and timeless, jazzed up traditional, or your taste is a bit more eclectic, there’s something on our list for everyone—from those who simply prefer a gluten-free diet to those living with celiac disease and want more choice.
A lot of people love to hate on brussels sprouts, but this recipe makes it pretty much impossible.
Brussel sprouts have made some headway in the mainstream cooking world recently, leading us to roast them to crispy perfection and pair them with mouthwatering bacon crumbles.
Serve this dish with your gluten-free appetizers or to complement your main entreé, and you’ll have the whole family clamoring for more.
Isn’t everything better with bacon??
Stuffing is a classic Thanksgiving staple, and this stuffing recipe provides a gluten-free Thanksgiving alternative without sacrificing any of the flavor.
It’s relatively easy, and you can customize it to suit vegan and/or dairy free preferences.
Hummus has exploded in popularity over the years with a seemingly endless array of varieties.
Why not try your hand at crafting some homemade hummus flavored in the time-honored fall tradition of pumpkin?
This delectable gluten free pumpkin pie hummus can be served as an appetizer, a dessert, or both, making it as versatile as it is delicious.
Pot roast is an autumn staple.
There’s not much better on a chilly night than this all-inclusive meal.
This gluten free pot roast recipe includes hearty amounts of carrots, potatoes, onions, and the spices and seasonings that tie them all together.
Thanksgiving may be one of the only times you actually get to use that fancy gravy boat collecting dust in your cabinet.
Fill it up with this savory gluten-free turkey gravy to adorn your mashed potatoes (or anything else you’d like smothered in gravy).
Speaking of mashed potatoes, we recommend Cooking Chew’s very own vegan mashed potatoes recipe as one of your gluten-free side dishes for Thanksgiving this year.
If vegan wasn’t in the name, you’d never know the difference.
Pilaf isn’t one of America’s traditional gluten-free Thanksgiving dishes, but no one at the table will be mad about this addition.
Packed with rice, chickpeas, and cranberries, this creative, earthy dish is sure to surprise and delight even the most traditional of guests this holiday season.
Just because you’re serving a gluten-free Thanksgiving menu this year doesn’t mean you have to give up dinner rolls.
That’s right. You can have your rolls and eat them, too.
The fact that they’re super soft is just a bonus.
In addition to being gluten-free, this sweet potato casserole is also dairy and nut free as well.
Topped with streusel, it can also double as both a side and a dessert.
Rainbow carrots can take any meal and make it appear fresh and fancy.
This recipe will add some color and life to your Thanksgiving table, and the tarragon brown butter will provide an interesting depth to the flavor profile.
Whether you’re staying true to tradition with a massive turkey or you’re cheating on turkey with chicken or pork, these tried and true southern greens make the perfect side dish for a gluten-free Thanksgiving dinner.
So delicious, you can barely call them “greens” — tell everybody you had vegetables on Thanksgiving and you’re proud of it!
If you’re looking for an appetizer that’s both out of the ordinary and beautiful, look no further than this butternut squash blossom.
The sweetness of the squash is balanced by the savory bacon, and the presentation is sure to impress.
Everybody loves something crunchy to snack on while waiting for the main event, but these crispy eggplant bites with smoky harissa may have your family filling up before the turkey is even carved.
An alternative to nachos, this appetizer doesn’t disappoint. It will be well worth the trip to the grocery store.
This all-in-one stuffed acorn squash meal is one of the most creative gluten-free recipes.
Packed with onions, mushrooms, cranberries, celery, apples, and quinoa, your stuffed acorn squash provides everything in one adorable natural container.
This may just be one of the best gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes out there.
Scalloped potatoes is one of the most traditional recipes for a Thanksgiving side, but this vegan take on a classic brings a whole new flavor into the mix: cashews.
Cashew cream subs in for the dairy portion while the potatoes still pull their weight. It’s a win-win.
Pumpkin is a fall flavor favorite, making this soup a must-have first course selection for your holiday feast.
Requiring only seven ingredients and about 45 minutes, creamy pumpkin soup is a no- brainer.
Mac and cheese is typically off most gluten-free menus, but with all the gluten-free flour and pasta options, your beloved mac and cheese can live to see another happy thanksgiving.
This particular mac and cheese recipe uses six different kinds of cheese, making it the only recipe you’ll want in your arsenal from now on.
Mushrooms can be a divisive dish, but when they’re packed with flavor like these olive oil drizzled roasted garlic parmesan mushrooms, the only complaint will be that there aren’t more.
Frittata is a traditional brunch dish, but the sweet potatoes in this recipe put a fall spin on a classic. It doesn’t have to be for brunch either.
You can make this bacon and sweet potato frittata as a tasty appetizer or game-time snack.
When you’re roasting a turkey, the secret is in the rub.
This recipe offers a garlic butter rub with lots of fresh herbs that will smother your bird in a savory, flavorful coating.
You’ll never taste turkey breast so delicious as what you’ll cut from this garlic butter herb roasted bird.
It might be turkey day, but a cast iron whole roasted chicken will not be a decision you regret.
This chicken will come out of the roasting pan juicy, succulent, and flavorful, and pair perfectly with any of the side dishes you’ve chosen for this holiday dinner.
22. Vegetable Soup
For a fall-esque first course, you can’t go wrong with vegetable soup.
This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and packed full of flavor, and you can totally customize it with whatever veggies you have on hand.
Of course, you can also customize it by using chicken broth instead of veggie broth, it just wouldn’t be considered vegan anymore.
Cranberry sauce is something you can find on most Thanksgiving day tables, but this unique twist on a timeless recipe will jazz up your side game.
The depth of flavor includes notes of cloves and nutmeg underneath the apple cider and elderberry, making it a well-rounded alternative to a classic.
If you’re going for both gluten-free and vegan, you’ll want a gluten-free gravy to float your meatless boat as well.
Including coconut milk, your fat of choice, onions, garlic, and plenty of herbs and spices, this paleo and AIP onion gravy is a great selection to top off your similarly gluten free, dairy free mashed potatoes.
Pears are often underrated, but a quick pear applesauce will get them the credit they deserve.
Ready in just three minutes in an instant pot, this easy recipe can be whipped up as a last minute appetizer or a hasty dessert.
Serve warm, chilled, or at room temperature!
No holiday meal is complete without a green bean casserole, and your gluten-free menu doesn’t have to be either.
It’s cheesy, garlicky, and creamy, and the sliced almonds give it a winning presentation.
For an added pop of flavor, lightly drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the finished dish.
The best part about a holiday table is the color, and this salad will contribute plenty of it.
Each bite is bursting with flavor from ingredients like beets, delicata squash, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, smoked paprika, black beans, and a signature citrusy dressing.
Gluten free desserts for Thanksgiving don’t have to lack tradition or flavor.
This recipe will expertly craft a pecan pie that is just as decadent as you remember, as it substitutes maple syrup for corn syrup.
One pie on a holiday dessert menu is not enough, so we’re suggesting this delicious recipe for Swedish apple pie.
The Swedish spin on a typical “American” dessert dish includes a pie topping and a vanilla sauce that will make this pie a new holiday favorite.
Last but not least, every holiday feast needs a featured beverage.
This great recipe for wild berry zinger mimosa is equal parts sweet, tangy, bubbly, light, and fun.
Customize it with your favorite fresh fruits, or make it a mocktail with sparkling water. Serve before, during, and after the meal!
The bottom line
Impressing your family with a delicious Thanksgiving spread that just happens to be gluten-free is not only possible, but a great idea.
The recipes on this list provide you with a variety of options for different courses of the meal as well as a variety of ingredients.
It’s safe to say you may be incorporating some of these recipes into your Thanksgiving menu for years to come.
Want more low-and-slow? We have just the list of Gluten Free Slow Cooker Recipes for you!
- Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
- Gluten Free Stuffing
- Pumpkin Pie Hummus
- Gluten Free Pot Roast
- Gluten Free Turkey Gravy
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- Nutty Chickpea Pilaf with Dried Cranberries
- Super Soft Gluten Free Rolls
- Gluten Free Sweet Potato Casserole
- Rainbow Carrots In Tarragon Brown Butter
- Tried And True Southern Greens
- Butternut Squash Blossom
- Crispy Cornmeal Crusted Eggplant With Smoky Harissa
- Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
- Creamy Pumpkin Soup
- The Best Gluten Free Mac and Cheese
- Roasted Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms
- Bacon and Sweet Potato Frittata
- Garlic Butter Herb Roasted Turkey
- Cast Iron Whole Roasted Chicken
- Vegetable Soup
- Homemade Cider Elderberry Cranberry Sauce
- Paleo and AIP Onion Gravy
- Instant Pot Pear Applesauce
- Green Bean Casserole
- Roasted Beet Quinoa Salad
- Gluten Free Pecan Pie
- Swedish Apple Pie
- Wild Berry Zinger Mimosa
- Pick three or more Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes
- Follow the recipe instructions
- Let us know which ones you picked and if you enjoyed them.