Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Very Best Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe

How to make delicious gluten free stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas

If you need a gluten free stuffing recipe, you're in the right place! This gluten free stuffing recipe with sausage is so good that nobody will know its gluten free unless you tell them!

This stuffing is perfect for turkey stuffing or just baking on the side as-is (but way tastier than the stuff from Stove Top!).

Whether you need GF stuffing for Thanksgiving, Christmas or just because this recipe will be a hit with everyone!

About this gluten-free stuffing recipe:

I have a family stuffing recipe that goes back at least four generations that is unlike any stuffing I have ever had anywhere.

It isn't dry. It has a wonderful flavor. The secret ingredient is sausage.

Of course, being a classic Italian recipe it's full of gluten.

In 2016 I had to stop eating gluten. Not wanting to give up the all-time very best stuffing recipe ever, I spent nearly a month cooking batch after batch of stuffing in search of the PERFECT gluten free substitutes that still captured the taste and texture of my great grandmother's original recipe.

I tried Trader Joe's gluten free stuffing mix as well as making my own GF croutons with other gluten free breads and the texture just wasn't right.

On the fifth batch, I found the secret to the making the best gluten free stuffing!

The secret to the perfect texture in gluten free stuffing is Udi's gluten free HOG DOG BUNS.

Who knew?

It's so good that nobody will even know the stuffing is gluten free if you don't tell them!

This makes it the perfect stuffing to bring to any Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering where there is a mix of gluten-free and non-gluten-free family members together.

Whenever I am invited to Thanksgiving dinner, I always volunteer to bring the stuffing because truly, once you have had this stuffing recipe, you will not want any other stuffing.

It is honestly the very best stuffing recipe ever - and the fact that I am BEGGED to bring the stuffing with me to subsequent Thanksgiving dinners is a testimony to that!

How to make the best gluten free stuffing with Italian sausage. This GF stuffing features homemade croutons made from Udi's gluten-free hotdog buns (who knew?). Start it on the stove top and then bake it as a side dish or use it for the turkey. #creativegreenliving #creativegreenkitchen #glutenfree #thanksgiving #stuffing #stuffingrecipes #glutenfreestuffingrecipes #christmas #christmasdinner

Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe with Sausage
the secret to the making the very best gluten free stuffing recipe

I was so thrilled to be on Portland's Afternoon Live in November, 2017 to demonstrate this recipe with Emmy Award winning host Tra'Renee Chambers. Watch me make the GF stuffing live with her on air here:

Gluten Free Stuffing Ingredients

  • 1 pack Udi's brand gluten free hotdog buns (14.3 oz)
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning*, divided
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage* (NOT the type in casings)
  • 1 cup chopped celery*
  • 1/4 cup diced white or yellow onion
  • 4 medium sized mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley*
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth*
  • 1/4 cup butter*, melted
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
*Creative Green Living recommends purchasing these ingredients as organic where available to avoid GMOs, pervasive pesticides and/or questionable farming practices.

Gluten free cooking tip: As with any gluten-free recipe, your final product will only be as gluten free as your ingredients. Be sure to check that the ingredients you are purchasing are gluten free and use good kitchen sanitazation practices to keep the food from becoming cross contaminated in the kitchen.

Gluten-Free Stuffing Recipe Directions

Gluten free stuffing recipe step 1
(May be done the day before if desired)

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cut hot dog buns into bite-sized cubes. Toss in a large bowl with EVOO and 1 tsp poultry seasoning.

Spread croutons in a single layer on a large baking sheet (use two if necessary). Bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes until light brown and very dry.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. (they will cool faster if you transfer them back to the bowl you tossed them in instead of leaving them on the cookie sheet)

Gluten free stuffing recipe step 2

Brown sausage in the bottom of a large stockpot over medium heat, stirring often to break into crumbles.

Add celery and onion to stockpot, stirring to cook approximately four minutes or until very fragrant.

Gluten free stuffing recipe step 3

Remove pot from heat and add toasted bread cubes, mushrooms, parsley, Parmesan, 1 tsp poultry seasoning, chicken broth, and melted butter.

Stir well to combine. If stuffing seems too dry, add more broth, 2 Tbsp at a time (4 Tbsp max). Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Gluten free stuffing recipe step 4

Move stuffing to a baking dish. Bake uncovered at 350F for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and serve warm.

Alternatively, add the stuffing loosely to the inside of your turkey. Bake until the internal temperature of the stuffing reaches 165.


How to make the best gluten free stuffing with Italian sausage. This GF stuffing features homemade croutons made from Udi's gluten-free hotdog buns (who knew?). Start it on the stove top and then bake it as a side dish or use it for the turkey. #creativegreenliving #creativegreenkitchen #glutenfree #thanksgiving #stuffing #stuffingrecipes #glutenfreestuffingrecipes #christmas #christmasdinner

How to make the best gluten free stuffing with Italian sausage. This GF stuffing features homemade croutons made from Udi's gluten-free hotdog buns (who knew?). Start it on the stove top and then bake it as a side dish or use it for the turkey. #creativegreenliving #creativegreenkitchen #glutenfree #thanksgiving #stuffing #stuffingrecipes #glutenfreestuffingrecipes #christmas #christmasdinner

Carissa Bonham, blogger and cookbook author

About the Author:

Carissa Bonham is a cookbook author and busy mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY Blogger" in 2018.

She is also the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017) and Proven Techniques for Keeping Healthy Chickens (Skyhorse, 2018). Her projects and recipes have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.

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