Gluten Free Stuffing

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This Gluten-Free Stuffing is savory, hearty, and perfect for Thanksgiving! Nobody should have to skimp on favorite dishes, no matter dietary their needs.

Gluten free stuffing in a black ceramic bowl
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  1. The Right Bread for Gluten-Free Stuffing
  2. More Ingredients in Gluten Free Stuffing
  3. Storing and Re-Heating GF Stuffing
  4. Recipe Update
  5. Frequently Asked Questions About Gluten-Free Stuffing
  6. More Thanksgiving Recipes
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Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without a heaping helping of savory stuffing on your plate next to your turkey and cranberry sauce. But when we had some family members who needed to go gluten free, finding a stuffing alternative was a bit of a task. Nobody should have to skimp on Thanksgiving, no matter their dietary needs. What I love MOST about this recipe is that you REALLY don’t have to make two different stuffings (one non GF and one GF), just make it all GF and you won’t get any complaints. Honestly, my husband, who generally doesn’t like GF food items, had seconds, not even realizing it was gluten-free!

Gluten free stuffing being baked in a baking dish

The Right Bread for Gluten-Free Stuffing

For the best gluten-free stuffing, the secret is in the bread. Our very favorite GF bread for stuffing is by far Schar Ciabatta rolls. They are soft and pillowy and can handle the liquid that is added. While other GF white breads will dissolve and get a weird texture, this bread does not. Because of this, they are our hands-down top choice for GF white bread. Your favorite whole grain GF wheat bread will work for the sliced bread portion. However, you don’t want to use ALL whole grain wheat bread for this recipe or it will taste too dry. Four to five slices is all you need.

A package of Schar gluten free ciabatta bread

More Ingredients in Gluten Free Stuffing

It’s super easy to make your own GF stuffing for your Thanksgiving table. No eggs, dairy-free, just savory ingredients that taste delicious. From our special herb mixture to all the tasty extras, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yellow onion and celery – diced.
  • Sage sausage – Jimmy Dean or Bob Evans sausage works great.
  • GF Chicken broth – Swanson’s broth is naturally gluten-free. Same with most chicken broths. Just be sure to double check the labels to be sure!
  • Butter – this adds a richness that all stuffings need.
  • Herbs – parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme (Simon and Garfunkel knew the right ones).
  • Chopped apple & dried cranberries – adds a little sweet to the savory. Don’t leave them out!
  • Chopped almonds or pecans – adds the perfect little crunch to round it all out.
Ingredients to make gluten free stuffing

Storing and Re-Heating GF Stuffing

You can store this stuffing in an airtight container for up to five days in the refrigerator. Also, you can reheat it in the microwave or in the oven. However, if reheating in the oven, you may want to add a little extra broth and butter, then cover with foil so it doesn’t dry out. And if reheating in the microwave, cover with a microwave safe covering and heat a minute at a time, stirring each minute.

A spoonful of gluten free stuffing

Recipe Update

This recipe has been updated from its original version. We have made both versions many times and decided that the updated version is our favorite version. The previous version is both gluten-free and low-calorie. However, if you preferred the previous version, don’t fret! We included it in the recipe card below in the notes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gluten-Free Stuffing

What is gluten-free stuffing made of?

As you can see in our recipe, all you need is gluten-free bread, some veggies, herbs, apple, cranberries, and broth in a baking dish. It bakes up golden brown and delicious.

Is there a gluten-free box stuffing?

Trader Joe’s has a gluten-free stuffing mix that’s quite delicious. Also, you can find a Stove Top Stuffing mix that’s gluten free. But we find it easiest to just make our own!

Does sage sausage have gluten in it?

No. The sausage we listed above is all gluten-free!

Can I cook gluten-free stuffing in a turkey?

Nowadays, it is not recommended to cook any stuffing in a turkey, including gluten-free stuffing. There is too much risk for bacterial growth and cross contamination.

Read Next:How to Cook a Turkey

More Thanksgiving Recipes

Serve this gluten free stuffing alongside some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes and you’ll be the star of the holiday! Save some for leftovers!

Gluten free stuffing in a black ceramic bowl

Gluten Free Stuffing

5 from 7 votes
You will never guess this stuffing is gluten-free! The secret is in the bread you use. It tastes just like regular stuffing!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Schar brand gluten-free Ciabatta rolls (1 pack, cut into 1" cubes)
  • 4 slices whole wheat gluten-free bread cubed
  • 1 pound sage sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 Fuji or pink lady apple cored and chopped
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries Craisins work great!
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 2/3 cups GF chicken stock or to taste
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds or walnuts or any kind of nuts chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Spread bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes at 350-degrees or until evenly toasted. Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl.
    Dried GF bread cubes to make gluten free stuffing
  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage and onion over medium heat, stirring until evenly browned. Add the celery, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes.
    Cooked sausage, onions and celery in a skillet
  • Pour sausage mixture over bread in bowl and add apples, cranberries, parsley, and almonds (optional).
    Toasted GF bread, cranberries, sausage mixture, sliced almonds, and apple in a glass bowl to make gluten free stuffing
  • Drizzle with half of the GF chicken stock and melted butter and toss until evenly coated. Add remaining stock and butter as needed to reach desired stuffing consistency.
    Gluten free stuffing being mixed in a glass mixing bowl
  • Spoon into a 9×13 baking dish and bake, covered for 40 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.
    Gluten free stuffing being baked in a baking dish

Notes

This recipe has been updated from the original “Gluten-Free Low Calorie Stuffing”. Here is the old recipe as originally written:
Gluten Free Stuffing – Serves about 5 (½ cup per serving – 82 Calories)
¼ cup yellow onion, diced
¼ cup celery, diced
¼ cup carrots, diced
¼ cup mushrooms, chopped
2 cups gluten free bread, diced
3 fl oz chicken broth, low sodium, organic
1 tablespoon herb mixture (see below)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a sauté pan, spray a non stick spray and add the first 4 ingredients. Cook until soft, then move to a mixing bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients to the cooked vegetables in mixing bowl and
mix thoroughly. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish- Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes.
Herb Mixture: 
Serving size 1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon sage, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 tablespoon grape-seed oil
Chop all the herbs. Using a mixing bowl, add the herb mixture. Then stir.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 381kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 11gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 602mgPotassium: 226mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 633IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    This stuffing sounds delicious! Love all the herbs on this and that zesty flavour from the orange and lemon sounds amazing. Can’t wait to make this.

  2. 5 stars
    Healthy and flavorful dishes are always welcome. Love to try new recipes for my family and my next stuffing is already on my list for sure.

    1. The carb content of this recipe would mostly depend on the brand of gluten-free bread you use. There are minimal carbs in the vegetables, but the carb count in gluten-free bread can vary quite a bit.

    1. I wouldn’t skip it altogether. You could use less oil. The oil brings out the flavors of the herbs and so little is used that it doesn’t add that many calories. You can also replace the grape seed oil with another oil you have on hand.