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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. 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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    1. re: sandiasingh

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Jpan99

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

      2. 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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        1. re: mcf

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

          1. re: sr44

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

            1. re: ursy_ten

              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.

              1. re: sr44

                Thank you so much, it sounds delicious!

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

          1. falafel?

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            1. re: hill food

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

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

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              1. re: onrushpam

                or mix the cornmeal with tapioca flour or rice starch.

                1. re: onrushpam

                  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. Ursy_ten
                  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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                  1. re: delilahtoo

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: Querencia

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