We are nine days from Thanksgiving and I don’t know about you but I am really getting into Fall cooking mode. Right now my eyes are set on stuffing –a.k.a. dressing– a.k.a. The food that can be the most challenging part of your Thanksgiving meal.
Back in the day when Emma was first diagnosed with celiac disease in 2000, there were no stuffing options out there. The best I could do was cut up some bread and try and figure out how to make it myself. A big challenge for me is failure. When it comes to the holiday meal, in my mind failure is not an option. So I never tried because it seemed so daunting. Luckily, a few years after her diagnosis, my mom came up with a great wild rice dressing recipe, and that is what we have had each Thanksgiving ever since.
But now we have some options that take the work out of making gluten free stuffing for Thanksgiving. On Monday I set out to make four different gluten free stuffing mixes that could be cooked in under an hour. So how did they fare?
Rudi’s Gluten Free Stuffing
Rudi’s Gluten Free Stuffing Mix wins the award for quickest stuffing to make. It is a new product this year. Similar to the Stove Top Stuffing from your pre-gluten free days,with this product you literally melt butter and boil water. Then you put the stuffing mix in and it is ready in 5 minutes.
It was fluffy and easy to make. Anyone could make this. However, it lacked some flavor. If you were willing to play with it a little, maybe add some spices or pre-cooked carrots, celery and onions it could be better.
I purchased this from Fresh and Natural Foods in Shoreview, Minnesota for just over $5.00. This probably could serve four large servings or six modest servings.
Grandma Ferdon’s Gluten Free Sage Dressing
Grandma Ferdon’s Dressing wins for easiest stuffing. It was already made up in the freezer section of the store. All I had to do was put it in a pan and heat it up.
It was my least favorite in terms of taste. It had flavor, but not a flavor I cared for.
This product is mostly found in the Upper Midwest. It was around $7.00 and could probably only feed 2-3 people.
Glutino Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing Mix
Glutino Gluten Free Corn Bread Stuffing Mix wins for best corn bread stuffing ( it was the only corn bread stuffing) and came in second overall for this taste test. This box was a free item sent to me to try by Glutino. I had never had corn bread stuffing before so I expected it to be an adventure for my taste buds.
This stuffing mix required eggs, celery, onions, butter and chicken broth ( I also added carrots). It was good. It was easy. It was also done in about 25 minutes.
I thought a corn bread stuffing would be sweeter. Am I missing something? I thought it would not be as savory. Truth be told, if I didn’t know it was a cornbread mix, I never would have guessed it come dinner time.
This mix filled a small glass pan and would feed 4-6 people in my opinion. I do not have a price on the Glutino product. Sorry, since it was sent to me, I did not think to check the store for that when I was shopping. But I think you should expect the $5-8 range.
Aleia’s Savory Gluten Free Stuffing Mix
Aleia’s Savory Stuffing was the overall winner. It was what I pictured and tasted as a good, flavorful, savory stuffing mix. It was equally as much work as the Glutino mix and included ingredients: celery, onion, carrots, olive oil, butter and chicken broth.
I think these added ingredients helped push this to the top. My celiac daughter, who really has not had a bread stuffing before also chose this as her top pick. She asked me to freeze it and serve it on Thanksgiving in addition to the wild rice stuffing (that I will incidentally slave over for an entire day).
This stuffing mix could feed 4-6 people in my opinion. The price was also in the $7.00 range.
I hope this information helps you in time for your Thanksgiving holiday. The store I went to had plenty of supply, but I wouldn’t wait too long.