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Yummy Gluten-Free Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Yummy Gluten-Free Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Stick to your diet this holiday season by trying one (or more) of these gluten-free side dishes for Thanksgiving.

No need to skip dinner or pick around your food. Instead, enjoy these gluten-free side dishes for Thanksgiving.

While many of us look forward to indulging in our favorite Thanksgiving foods, some of us have specific dietary needs. No one should suffer this holiday season. There are great gluten-free side dishes for Thanksgiving that even those who aren’t gluten-free will enjoy!


Check out five great recipes without any gluten.

Dinner rolls

Every Turkey Day meal needs dinner rolls. Try out this recipe for 18 gluten-free rolls this year!


  • 3 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 1¾ tsp rapid or instant yeast
  • 1¼ cups warm milk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Gluten-free cooking spray


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free all-purpose flour, salt, and xanthan gum.
2. Make a small hole in the gluten-free flour mix with your finger.
3. Pour the yeast into the hole.
4. Warm the milk to 110°F-115°F in the microwave.
5. Pour the warm milk over the yeast.
6. Add the softened butter, eggs, apple cider vinegar, and honey to the bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
7. Spray two 9-inch cake or pie pans with gluten-free cooking spray.
8. Use an ice cream scoop to form balls of dough and place nine in each pan.
9. Smooth out the top of the dough with a small spatula.
10. Cover the pans with a kitchen towel and allow them to rise in a warm place for one hour.
11. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
12. Bake the rolls on the middle rack for 14-16 minutes, or until golden light brown.
13. Melt two Tbsp of butter to brush on top of the rolls before serving.

Corn pudding

A staple in the South, try a gluten-free twist on corn pudding.


  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 (15.25 oz) can of whole kernel corn
  • 2 (14.75 oz) cans of cream-style corn


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
3. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs.
4. Add the sugar, milk, and melted butter.
5. Add the cornstarch and whisk until fully incorporated.
6. Add the corn and creamed corn.
7. Mix well.
8. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
9. Bake in the oven for one hour.


Garlic parmesan roasted sweet potatoes

Take yams to a new level with these roasted sweet potatoes.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, washed (peeling is optional)
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 4 strips of bacon (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley or chives, chopped for garnish


1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Prep the sweet potatoes by cutting off the ends and slicing them into rounds with a mandolin slicer.
4. In a small bowl, combine the parmesan, garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
5. Arrange sweet potato slices on the baking sheet, slightly overlapping.
6. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle the parmesan mixture over.
7. Roast sweet potatoes for 25 minutes.
8. Cook bacon on the stove until crispy, drain the fat, and cut into small bits.
9. Remove roasted sweet potatoes from the oven, sprinkle with bacon bits, and fresh chopped parsley or chives.

Roasted brussels sprouts with maple, bacon, and cranberries

It’s not Thanksgiving without cranberries. Here’s a new way to enjoy this fruit.


  • 3 cups brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 3 bacon strips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup


1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
2. Grease a cast-iron skillet with 1 Tbsp of olive oil.
3. In a medium bowl, combine halved brussels sprouts, 2 Tbsp of olive oil, and salt.
4. Transfer the brussels sprouts to the cast iron skillet, cut side down, and roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.
5. Cook bacon on the stove until crispy, drain the fat, and cut into small bits.
6. During the last 5-10 minutes of roasting, turn the brussels sprouts over for even browning. 7. The cut sides should be nicely browned.
8. In the skillet, combine the roasted brussels sprouts, crispy bacon, and chopped dried cranberries.
9. Add 2 Tbsp of maple syrup and toss to combine.
10. Sprinkle with cracked black pepper, to taste.


Fried onions and apples

Ready for some savory, gluten-free apples? This Thanksgiving is the perfect time to try them out!


  • 3 large yellow onions, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 6 large, tart red apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg


1. In a large cast-iron skillet, melt the butter.
2. Add the onions and saute until tender.
3. Place apples on top of onions.
4. In a small mixing bowl, combine packed brown sugar, salt, paprika, and ground nutmeg.
5. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples.
6. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
7. Uncover and simmer for 5 minutes or until the apples are tender.

Which of these delicious gluten-free side dishes for Thanksgiving are you excited to try? Let us know some of your favorite alternative holiday recipes by sending us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


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