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Wheat free alternative for bread stuffing?

ursy_ten Dec 14, 2013 04:42 AM

Hi, I did a search but didn't come up with anything - if there is such a thread (I'd be surprised if there isn't) would someone be so kind to link me to it?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend whose partner can no longer eat wheat. She wants to cook a turkey for Christmas, but asks how can she do it without bread dressing? It's his absolute favourite part!

I went through this earlier in the year when we tried to go gluten free for my daughter when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, but I never came across a good bread substitute, hence I am drawing a blank as far as a wheat free stuffing that in any way could replace a bread based one goes.

For information, other things on the no-no list are butter, cream, milk, sugar, and sweet potatoes. The problem is gallstones. Maybe I should search chowhound for that as well...

Anyway, thanks so much in advance for any ideas. I would love for my friend and her partner to enjoy their turkey and stuffing this year, wheat free!

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  1. sandiasingh RE: ursy_ten Dec 14, 2013 06:42 AM

    I don't have a gluten issue, but I believe spelt flour can be eaten by those with the condition. I make all my bread and other baked goods with organic spelt flour because it tastes better than AP flour.

    Spelt is an ancient form of wheat that has not been processed and poisoned as regular wheat flour is now which is causing the gluten epidemic (IMHO). If this is an option, you can make your own bread and then cut it into croutons for dressing.

    Might want to check it out.

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      delilahtoo RE: sandiasingh Dec 29, 2013 11:49 AM

      spelt flour does, indeed, have gluten and shouldn't be eaten by celiacs

    2. Jpan99 RE: ursy_ten Dec 14, 2013 06:45 AM

      You can make a stuffing using gluten free bread. Google it for tons of recipes. My SIL is gluten free and makes it although I find it to be too mushy but at least it's made from bread. The better quality GF bread would make a better stuffing.

      Otherwise, there are a variety of rice stuffings that might work too.

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        Ttrockwood RE: Jpan99 Dec 15, 2013 06:52 PM

        Rudi's GF bread and Ezekial are hearty enough to toast and use in a traditional stuffing

      2. mcf RE: ursy_ten Dec 14, 2013 08:35 AM

        Look up wild rice or other stuffings. Also, vegetable/mushroom stuffings. If you look on low carb and paleo forums you might find a wide selection.

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          sr44 RE: mcf Dec 14, 2013 10:14 AM

          I did a gf dressing with sautéed polenta cubes and wild rice that was delicious.

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            ursy_ten RE: sr44 Dec 14, 2013 07:37 PM

            That does sound pretty awesome. Do you have a recipe or were you just winging it?

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              sr44 RE: ursy_ten Dec 14, 2013 09:50 PM

              I was winging it, but I've been working on it for a while. This year was the first for gluten-free. I cooked about a cup of polenta into a stiff mass, flattened it in a rectangular pan, and refrigerated it. Half a pound of wild rice was slightly over cooked to make it a little more cohesive. The next step was to fry onion and celery in butter with some sausage and some thyme. I used Linguica, but sage would be good too. Then I put all that into a bowl, and fried cubes of the polenta until a bit chewy and put that and the wild rice into the bowl with the onion-celery-polenta mixture and checked the seasoning. Just before dinner, I reheated it and stirred in a cup of chopped parsley before serving.

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                ursy_ten RE: sr44 Dec 15, 2013 03:09 AM

                Thank you so much, it sounds delicious!

        2. ursy_ten RE: ursy_ten Dec 14, 2013 07:36 PM

          Thanks all, I'll pass the info on to her :)

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              ursy_ten RE: hill food Dec 15, 2013 03:10 AM

              Ooh, chickpeas... now there's a thought :)

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              onrushpam RE: ursy_ten Dec 15, 2013 05:20 AM

              Cornbread stuffing/dressing, made with traditional Southern cornbread (no flour)? You could do a mix of cornbread and GF bread.

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                hotoynoodle RE: onrushpam Dec 22, 2013 01:00 PM

                or mix the cornmeal with tapioca flour or rice starch.

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                  knowspicker RE: onrushpam Jan 9, 2014 08:14 AM

                  I made this for Thanksgiving and it turned out well. I baked cornbread [organic cornmeal, buttermilk, eggs, salt] then cut into cubes and toasted in the oven until dry. Then made a stuffing with gluten free sausage and the usual onion, celery, stock.

                2. delilahtoo RE: ursy_ten Dec 29, 2013 11:47 AM

                  I make stuffing using any recipe for bread stuffing. Beforehand I dry some gluten free bread cubes in the oven and use those instead of wheat bread cubes. If you are using a stuffing mix, just use the seasoning packet and an equal amount of your own dried bread.

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                    ursy_ten RE: delilahtoo Dec 30, 2013 04:11 PM

                    Thanks muchly, and thanks everyone for your input. May 2014 be a great year for all of you :)

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                    Querencia RE: ursy_ten Jan 5, 2014 10:54 PM

                    1) Can you make stuffing with GF bread? 2) When I was a child we had a neighbor who made her turkey stuffing with mashed potato. If I tried this I would add sauteed onion, mushrooms, chopped parsley, maybe an egg. 3) I have seen duck stuffings made with rice---infinite possibility there. But if your friend wants "real" stuffing I would try making it with GF bread and bite the bullet when I paid for the bread.

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                      ursy_ten RE: Querencia Jan 6, 2014 02:16 AM

                      Thanks Querencia - I don't think I've ever heard of mashed potato stuffing - interesting!

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