The flavor combination of this Gluten Free Stuffing is the perfect side dish for the holidays. The meaty flavors of bacon and porcini mushrooms are natural partners for the leeks and thyme and create an enticing & elegant gluten free side for the Thanksgiving table or any holiday meal.
There are so many recipes for stuffing out there, but since everybody has different tastes, there is always room for more. So how about a Gluten Free Stuffing that comes fully loaded with flavorsome goodies and is suitable for all the guests around your holiday table and beyond.
Is Stuffing Gluten Free?
Traditional Thanksgiving stuffing is made with bread which contains gluten, so stuffing is not naturally gluten free. However, by making a slight change to use gluten free bread, and being sure to read all the labels on the ingredients to ensure there is no hidden gluten like we did in this recipe for Gluten Free Stuffing, your Thanksgiving stuffing can be gluten free and enjoyed by all of your guests.
Does Stuffing Contain Meat?
It’s an open debate as to whether stuffing should or should not contain meat. Or fruit for that matter. Really, it comes down to a matter of taste. Your taste and preferences, to be precise.
This Gluten Free Stuffing does contain meat, in the form of bacon, but no sweet fruit. Instead, the salty bacon has been paired with earthy porcini mushrooms, robust leeks, crunchy walnuts and a sprinkle of delicate thyme. The result is a gluten free side dish that partners well with white meats and feels special. Porcini mushrooms are, after all, a prized ingredient.
What are porcini mushrooms?
Porcini mushrooms are a variety of fungi commonly grown under conifer trees across Europe and occasionally in North America. Porcini mushrooms offer an intense, rich and meaty flavor. They can act to subtly transform a simple stew into an elegant, flavorful feast or feature more prominently in a sauce alongside a slab of steak.
Fresh porcini mushrooms can be hard to get hold of, but the dried variety is more readily available and makes a great ingredient to have on standby in the pantry. They really do deliver a great flavor boost when needed. Porcini mushrooms are not cheap, but fortunately, the pungent nature of the porcini means that a little goes a long way in the kitchen, so you don’t need a lot to make a big flavor impact.
To prepare dried porcini mushrooms, steep them in hot water for 20 minutes or until they’ve softened and expanded. Drain them, reserving the liquid, to use in your recipe (if required) to add an extra boost of mushroom flavor.
How do you make Gluten Free Stuffing?
Making this Gluten Free Stuffing is incredibly simple:
- Make croutons from fresh gluten free bread
- Prepare the porcini mushrooms
- Chop and fry the onion, leeks & bacon
- Mix everything together with some stock and bake until crisp
A lot of these stages can be completed whilst the croutons are crisping in the oven and hands-on preparation time for this Gluten Free Stuffing is around 15 minutes. That’s all.
Remember I said that your choice of stuffing comes down to your tastes? Well, talking of taste, I recommend cooking this Gluten Free Stuffing for a minimum of 30 minutes for a moist stuffing and 40 minutes for a dryer, crispier finish. I’ll let you decide how crisp you want your stuffing to be.
This Gluten Free Stuffing would make a fine companion to roast turkey, alongside all the usual Thanksgiving trimmings. It can be baked in 1 large roasting pan or several smaller ones, which can be handy if you are serving a crowd.
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