Fast and Easy Gluten Free Gravy

I have a wonderful recipe for Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy that I make every year.  I start with fresh turkey legs or thighs, roast them and braise with aromatic veggies to make a rich, flavorful stock that makes the most amazing gravy.  And while I love this make ahead recipe, I can appreciate that not everyone wants to go to all that trouble.

So, for all who are short on time and need a fast and easy recipe, this versatile gravy is for you!  It can be made a day ahead or morning of the holiday, no pan drippings needed!  It can be paired with pork, chicken, turkey, veal or even beef just by varying the base broth.

Arrowroot flour is gluten free and makes the smoothest roux, no lumps ever!

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4 Servings



Whisk together the broth, onion powder and garlic powder in a microwave safe container.  Microwave for 90 seconds.

In a small nonstick saucepan, melt butter then whisk in the arrowroot flour to make a roux.

Continue whisking until the roux begins to take on a little color like this.

Then slowly stream in the warmed broth and whisk until smooth.

Continue simmering and when it reaches the color and thickness you prefer lower the heat and keep warm.

This is a gravy that you can whip up while you make dinner, even on a busy weeknight.  I made it to go with grilled turkey cutlets and Mr. Cucina said it was very good!

Notes ♪♫ One of the things I love about this gravy, is that in addition to being gluten free, you can control the salt content.  For those on a low sodium diet, start with salt free broth, unsalted butter and use garlic and onion powder (not salt).  You can always adjust the taste by adding salt, but you are in control!

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Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs

Foodie friends, you don’t have to wait for November!  Try my Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs whenever you feel like having a little “Thanksgiving Lite”!  The flavors of sage, thyme, onion and celery mirror the big Thanksgiving dinner in a fraction of the time.

A little ricotta in the mix keeps the meatballs nice and moist.  Potato flakes and rolled oats are the magic that hold these gluten free meatballs together.  You are going to love this easy entree!  Complete the meal with a side of stuffing and drizzle of turkey gravy.

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Use an electric chopper to finely mince the onion and celery.  Combine the first 8 ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.  Add the breadcrumbs, potato flakes and oatmeal to the wet ingredients a little at a time until well combined (use your hands).

Line a baking sheet with foil and mist with cooking spray.  Spread 1 cup of breadcrumbs in a bowl or plate.  Form 12-14 meatballs, rolling each meatball in the breadcrumbs and arrange on the baking sheet at least 2″ apart.

Broil 5 minutes on high, turn and broil another 5 minutes.

With dinner on the table in under a half hour, you will want to add this to your weeknight rotation.  Everyone will love it!

Notes ♪♫ Oh those breadcrumbs, don’t they look amazing?  They are Aleia’s Italian Breadcrumbs, and yes, they are gluten free.  A bit more expensive but so worth it to get that true breadcrumb taste!

Originally posted 11/10/2018                          Updated post 8/12/2022

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Gluten Free Thanksgiving Casserole

Imagine your Thanksgiving dinner, layered and baked lasagna style.  The stuffing, the turkey, the potatoes and the gravy.  I even snuck in a few green beans, in a nod to the green bean casserole!

You can make each layer from scratch for a casual take on the traditional Thanksgiving meal or throw it together the next day with your Thanksgiving leftovers!

Inspired by the “Thanksgiving in a Bucket” craze from years ago, this layered casserole takes the idea to a whole new level and makes an impressive presentation.  Oh, and it’s completely gluten free!

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What you will need:

The Turkey:

3 cups leftover turkey (light or dark meat)

OR make a batch of my Gluten Free Turkey Gravy.  You will have both the turkey meat and the gravy for serving!

The Stuffing:

Use leftover stuffing

OR make a batch of my Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing

OR make a batch of Gluten Free stuffing using packaged bread cubes!

The Sweet Potato:

  • 1 large, sweet potato, peeled and baked (or boiled) until soft
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • pinch of salt


The White Potato:

  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and baked (or boiled) until soft
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup milk or half n half
  • pinch of salt

The Gravy:

Make this Fast and Easy Gluten Free Gravy in minutes

OR did you make my Gluten Free Turkey Gravy?

Finishes and Garnish

 Put it All Together!

Assembly is a snap.  Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray.  Spread the stuffing evenly over the bottom of the dish.

Layer the turkey over the stuffing.

Top the turkey with a layer of potato, alternating bands of white and sweet.

Finish it off with a border of green beans!

Spoon cream of mushroom soup over the white potato.

Cover with foil and bake at 350◦ for 35 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake 15 minutes more.  Garnish with fresh rosemary and serve with the Roast Turkey Gravy.

This comfort meal has become a tradition at our house, I make it from scratch in early November to get in the holiday mood.  Then I make it again with our leftovers on Thanksgiving weekend.

Start a new tradition at your house with this family friendly comfort meal.

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

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Easy Gluten Free Ramekin Stuffing Cups

As another year draws to a close and the holidays approach, many are planning a scaled down version of the usual Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.  Even with the pandemic behind us, I still hear from friends and neighbors that their family gatherings will be smaller this year.

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Micro gatherings mean smaller portions.  I will still be making soup and roasting a turkey breast.  Instead of stuffing the bird though, I’ll be making these cute Ramekin Stuffing Cups.

Since beginning my gluten free journey a few years ago, I have enjoyed making a delicious Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing from scratch each Thanksgiving.  This year though, I’ll be taking a shortcut and using these Savory Gluten Free Stuffing cubes from Aleia’s.

If you follow my blog, you know that I use Aleia’s gluten free breadcrumbs in many of my recipes.  Since I love their breadcrumbs so much, I thought I would give their savory stuffing a try, and it was a win!

These stuffing cubes are delicious!  They remind me of the stuffing mix we all grew up with 😉  The 6 oz. ramekins are perfect for portion control.

4 Servings



Chop the veggies into small dice.  Melt the butter and olive oil in a nonstick skillet and add the veggies.  Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Next chop the bacon into 1/4″ pieces and add it to the pan.  Continue cooking until the bacon is crisp and the veggies are just beginning to brown.  Remove from heat and cool slightly.  Note: You can make ahead to this point and refrigerate or freeze.

When ready, add the stuffing cubes.

Pour 1 cup chicken broth over the stuffing and stir to moisten.  Return to low heat.

Pour the beaten egg over the stuffing, while quickly stirring and turning to incorporate.

Arrange 4 ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and coat with cooking spray.  Spoon the stuffing lightly into the ramekins, about 3/4 cup each.  Leave room for the stuffing to expand during baking, don’t overfill or pack it in.

Cover tightly with foil and bake at 325º for 35 minutes.

Serve hot out of the oven and don’t forget the gravy!

Notes ♪♫ Notice I didn’t add salt to the recipe?  The stuffing cubes and the bacon have plenty of salt, so I decided not to add more.  I also used unsalted chicken broth.  If you are not limiting sodium, then by all means salt away!
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Apple Stuffed Honeynut Squash

Have you seen the adorable Honeynut Squash at your local market this fall? I couldn’t resist buying one, they are so cute!  At about 6″ in length, the size is perfect for the two of us.  Similar to butternut squash, the Honeynut is much smaller and sweeter, with a dark orange pulp.

Unlike the larger butternut and acorn variety, you won’t pull a muscle slicing through this petite squash.  The skin is much thinner, so thin that you can eat it!

Roasted and stuffed with a simple sauté of diced apples, the finished dish is as appealing to the taste buds as it is to the eye.

Follow these easy steps to create the perfect fall side dish for two!


  • 1 honeynut squash
  • olive oil
  • maple seasoning
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • cinnamon
  • fresh rosemary for garnish


Roasting is the way to go with this tiny squash.  Simply cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and brush the inside with olive oil.

Sprinkle with seasoning of your choice.

 Arrange cut side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil, and bake for 35 minutes at 375º.

The Honeynut squash is so small, you can easily fit one on a sheet pan with another veggie course.

While the squash is baking, peel and dice the apple.  I used a Honeycrisp apple.  Heat a small skillet on medium low.  Add the apples with a pat of butter and toss to combine.  Cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Remove the squash from the oven turn it over carefully, use tongs.  Spoon the apples into each half.  Garnish with fresh rosemary.

The old saying “we eat with our eyes first” is so true.  Look at that beautiful presentation!  Guest worthy, but on the table in under an hour so you can try it on a week night!  Be sure to pin this side dish to your fall favorites!

Notes ♪♫  Not a paid link, just sharing that I used Taste of Inspirations Maple and Sage Pork Rub in this recipe!  It is both gluten free and low sodium.

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Thanksgiving Turkey

The holidays are upon us and all of the accompanying activities.  The parties, the shopping, the cooking and baking!  Thanksgiving is one of the biggest food holidays of the year, and you may be feeling overwhelmed about the big day, especially if you are planning a gluten free meal that will appeal to everyone.

This year don’t stress about the menu, I’ve got you covered on the main course and all the sides.  Let’s get started with the turkey.  Once you try this method of roasting a turkey, you will never do it any other way!


  • 1 whole turkey 11-12 lbs.
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. fresh sage, rosemary and thyme
  • cheesecloth


Take a half stick of butter out to soften at room temperature and melt another stick of butter in a small saucepan.  Soak the cheesecloth in the melted butter until completely saturated.

Empty the sink and clear  away any utensils, etc.  Set up your roasting pan right next to the sink, and place the roasting rack in the sink.  Have a plastic trash bag ready.  Place your turkey in the sink on the roasting rack and remove the packaging.  Remove the neck and giblets and reserve them for another dish or discard.  Rinse the turkey, including the cavity, and be careful not to splash water everywhere.  Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.  Now lift the turkey, rack and all into the roasting pan.  Dispose of the packaging, giblets and paper towels in your trash bag.

Now you should have a nice clean turkey and an empty sink.  Take a few minutes to scrub the sink down and rinse it well.  If anything dripped on the counter, floor or refrigerator clean it up now.

Preheat the oven to 325º.  Mince the herbs and combine with the softened butter, then rub the butter all over the turkey.  Be sure to get under the wings.

If you are stuffing the bird, spoon the stuffing into the cavity.  Don’t overfill, if you have extra stuffing spoon it into a baking dish and bake it separately.  Secure the legs and pin down the wings.  Now remove the butter soaked cheesecloth from the saucepan and drape it over the turkey.  Add a cup of water to the roasting plan and place it in the oven.

Melt the remaining 1/4 cup of butter and combine it with 1/2 cup gluten free turkey stock.  Keep warm for basting.  Roast the turkey for 3 to 3-1/2 hours, basting (right over the cheesecloth) every 20 minutes.  Add more water to the roasting pan as needed, and when you run out of liquid for basting draw some from the bottom of the pan.

Remove the cheesecloth during the last 45 minutes of roasting.  Continue basting every 15 minutes.  Turkey is done when the internal temperature reaches 165º.

Remove the turkey from the oven and immediately scoop out the stuffing, cover and keep warm.  Tent the turkey with foil and let it rest for 30 minutes before carving.  Enjoy your appetizers and first course while the turkey rests.

Now that you know how to roast a turkey, please check out all my Thanksgiving sides!  I’ve got you covered with gluten free dinner rolls, soup, stuffing and those yummy potatoes!

And as we go about preparing for the big meal, don’t forget that home and family are the real heart of the holidays.  God bless you all and I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Notes ♪♫  Turkey is a naturally gluten free food, but I still look for the gluten free label when choosing our Thanksgiving turkey.  Avoid brands that inject the turkey with basting solutions to make the bird moist, they often contain gluten.  Ditto for the gravy packets, throw them away and make your own gluten free gravy.

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