as i mapped out exactly what i thought important to tell you about Christmas dinner, of course i was making sure to do my research as far as products go. while i was looking for a list of gluten free turkeys, i stumbled upon an amazing blog post that walks through exactly what i had mapped out and planned to explain. so, in keeping true to theglutenfreeadventure's goal of being the connector, the how-to, as opposed to the originator, i'm going to send you to a fantastic post from the Savvy Celiac, Amy Leger. I've scoured her post on how to successfully enjoy a turkey dinner, and I have a ton of respect for how thorough she is - I think Amy and I could enjoy some great meals together!! her post is in the context of american thanksgiving, but it is super accurate for this season as well.
before we head over there, here are just a couple of specific tips to add:
1. my favorite ham. there's a great ham at costco, which says "gluten free" right on it.... i highly recommend it!
2. healthy turkey. if you're in the greater vancouver area, jd farms in aldergrove has beautiful, natural turkeys.
3. stuffing. choose a regular stuffing recipe, make it with gluten free bread (i opt for the cheapest kind i can find, it ends up being so masked and moist that it doesn't have to be your favorite loaf of bread), and be ready to add much more liquid. i like this rachel ray recipe, and i add extra broth as well as olive oil. we also make this dairy free by using coconut oil instead of butter, and if i've forgotten the fennel i have used leeks in it's place.
4. keeping it small. if you're cooking for one or two, and don't want to cook up a big turkey, check out jennie-o products which have options for turkey dinners with gravy, yet without gluten!
5. amy will explain the new changes with butterball turkeys, here is the link to check out the full scoop.
6. my favorite ways to thicken gravy: potato & tapioca flour mixed. my mom-in-law's favorite way to thicken gravy: cornstarch. (and she's an amazing cook!)
7. don't forget about drinks. remember that what you drink, and how it is stirred or shaken, is equally as important as making sure the meal itself is gluten free. scroll down to "sur-THRIVE-ing Christmas: Holiday Cheer(s) for the whole scoop on what's safe to drink!
okay, let's go and brush up on how to safely enjoy turkey dinner in T minus 4 days!!!
i introduce you to: the savvy celiac!