Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu Plan and Recipes

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu Plan with Smoked Turkey and recipes for Good Gluten-Free Stuffing, Gravy, and Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving Day Menu Plan & Gluten-Free Recipes

Time to get ready and organized for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. Things have been crazy in 2020 so I want to make sure I am stocked up on all the things I will likely need by making a menu plan. So the Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu Plan and Recipes are:

  • Salt Lick Smoked Turkey Breast (delivered and reheated)
  • Stuffing
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Kinda Buttermilk Pie

Find links to recipes, tips and tricks in the sections below. What are you making this year?

Turkey Choices

If you are making a roasted turkey, I have labored over making a perfect roasted turkey a la Martha Stewart in the past. It is a labor of love using cheesecloth and basting every half hour in wine and vegan butter. And it turns out absolutely wonderful.

However, last year we ordered a smoked turkey breast from The Salt Lick for Thanksgiving and absolutely loved it! So I think that is what we are doing again this year. All the meats are gluten-free and they ship all over the United States (lower 48). The meat is cured and smoked then cryovaced and frozen before shipping.

We keep it in the freezer then thaw it for a few days in the fridge. And it is so easy to reheat in the oven. Just cook the turkey breast for 1 hour at 225 degree F. I’ll do this first, while prepping everything else and keep it in the microwave until ready to serve.

It is easy, delicious and makes great leftovers, too. It went really well in this no-cook, easy to throw together the next day chipotle curry chicken salad.

The only thing missing is making gravy with the basting drippings from the roasted turkey, but we can easily whip up a delicious gravy.

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu Plan with a recipe for Good Gluten-Free Stuffing

The Best Gluten-Free Stuffing

One of my favorite side dishes is the stuffing (although we don’t actually stuff it in a bird so maybe I should be calling it dressing, idk).

I used to love Stove Top stuffing and it took years and lots of tests and variations to get a tried and true recipe for Good Gluten-Free Stuffing. I’m honestly the most proud of this recipe!

It has nice hard crust on top and was fluffy and wonderful underneath. Mixing two types of types of gluten-free croutons really made a huge difference. We use a box of Olivia’s Gluten- Free Rosemary & Sage Stuffing  plus a box of Aleia’s Savory Stuffing Mix.

Check out the link above for more tips and tricks for getting this delicious gluten-free stuffing. You will need the croutons, olive oil, onions, celery, poultry seasoning (optional), chicken stock, and 8 egg whites (save the yolks for some of the other recipes – we are working on trying not to throw anything away with this Thanksgiving menu plan).

Old-Fashioned Green Bean Casserole

This year we are going to try and make a green bean casserole the way I used to do it with condensed soup and onion crisps on top. We have a healthier alternative that we’ve been doing for years, Fancy Green Beans, but I’m really craving the cheesy soupy stuff.

green beans tossed in vinaigrette with toasted walnuts and fried shallots

Pacific Foods has an organic gluten-free cream of mushroom soup. But it also contains milk. Since I can’t digest cow milk as easily as goat milk, we are going to try this gluten-free dairy-free stuff. You just add water. Hopefully it is good.

Then just mix the cream of mushroom soup with organic canned green beans, goat milk cheddar cheese, and top it with some homemade fried onion crisps. And bake it until nice and bubbly.

How to Make the Homemade Onion Crisps

We have been frying a lot of things using the dip in flour then goat milk yogurt + egg then back into seasoned flour method. This recipe for fried chicken tenders, okra makes the best onion rings, too. That is how we’ll make the homemade onion crispies for the topping.

I’ll only make half of the batter recipe, too. So we will need onions, gluten-free flour, seasoned salt, goat milk yogurt, and eggs. Since we made the stuffing above with egg whites, I will have 8 egg yolks left over. Here we can use 2 of the egg yolks in the yogurt mixture instead of a whole egg.

We will use the rest of the 6 egg yolks in the “kinda” buttermilk pie instead of whole eggs.


I think I’m going to wing this recipe. But I usually start with 1-2 tablespoons of goat butter or ghee or vegan butter substitute, then add equal amounts of gluten-free flour. Stir the roux for about a minute before adding in spices and liquids.

I think I’m going to use seasoned salt, pepper, 1/2 cup white wine, and 1 1/2 cups chicken broth. We want to cook it on low heat and long enough for the alcohol to cook off a bit. Then turn up the heat to get it to the desired thickness. Adding more broth if necessary.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe is part of the Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu Plan

Orange Liqueur Cranberry Sauce

I just love the cranberry sauce so much, too. And over the years we’ve tried it with jalapeños, plain, and with added orange zest. But my favorite is the recipe highlighted below using both orange zest and Cointreau orange liqueur.

One of the great things about cranberry sauce is that it freezes so nicely, too. So you can make it ahead and just thaw in the fridge the night before serving.

I also like to put it into a variety of small containers so you can use the cranberry sauce in different recipes over time and not feel like you have to finish it all at once.

Kinda Buttermilk Pie made with goat milk yogurt is part of the Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Menu Plan

Kinda Buttermilk Pie

So what else is part of the Thanksgiving day menu plan? Well dessert, of course! I debated between making a pecan pie or this kinda buttermilk pie, but decided that the egg yolks we have would likely work better in the custard pie.

It’s my first time trying it with just egg yolks, and I think I’ll use the 6 remaining yolks instead of 3 large eggs. And that way we aren’t wasting any food. I hope it comes out nicely.

So why do I call it “kinda” buttermilk pie? Instead of using real buttermilk, we use goat milk yogurt diluted with water. It works out quite nicely as a substitute.

So we are also going to need a gluten-free pie crust – I like Wholly Wholesome, organic cane sugar, gluten-free flour, goat milk butter, lemon juice, vanilla, guar gum, and ground nutmeg.

I like this recipe, too because I can make it a day or two before and store it in the fridge. I like to serve it cold.

Okay so that is the plan for Thanksgiving day, some favorite tried and true recipes, and some new ones to change things up a bit. Next is the recipe I promised for the orange cranberry sauce.

Recipe Highlight

Orange Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce made from fresh organic cranberries, organic sugar, water, Cointreau orange liqueur, and orange zest.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Deana Larkin Evans


  • 8 oz fresh organic cranberries
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 4 tbsp Cointreau orange liqueur
  • zest from an organic orange
  • pinch of salt


  1. To wash the cranberries, fill a large bowl with water. Pour in the cranberries and use your hands to sir them around. Remove from the water with your hands, or a scoop, or mesh strainer and pour out the water. Pick out any funky cranberries and discard.

  2. To wash the orange, rinse with water and pour on a little baking soda. Scrub the skin with the baking soda paste. Then rinse before zesting.

  3. Put all ingredients into a small saucepan. Cook on low heat in a saucepan until the cranberries start to burst.  Turn up the heat to medium and let it come to a boil.  Then turn heat back to low and stir until the cranberries are mostly burst and the sauce thickens.  

  4. Let cool and then cover and refrigerate. You can also freeze the cranberry sauce once cooled and just thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.

Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten-free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010, then cut dairy and casein (except for the occasional Parmesan) in 2014. We learned A2 casein (goat, sheep and buffalo milk) is easier to digest than the predominate A1 form in cow milk. So we brought back goat milk dairy into our recipes in 2016. Thank goodness, right! So I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm learning about the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with healthy recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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