When most of us begin planning for Thanksgiving dinner, we typically think of a huge feast with all the dishes our mothers and grandmothers made. They’re the recipes we know, love and look forward to. But for people on restricted diets, due to allergies to gluten or dairy products, this feast often dwindles down to just a few safe dishes.
Even if you’re having all the same friends and family over for Thanksgiving dinner this year, we recommend asking everyone if they have certain foods they can’t eat—you may be surprised at who speaks up. If you do have someone with dietary restrictions, why not make something everyone can enjoy? Check out our allergy-friendly Thanksgiving menu below. All of these great-tasting recipes contain no gluten or dairy, so just about everyone can fill a plate and go back for seconds.
|Pureed Fennel Soup
This simple soup showcases the subtle flavor of fennel. Olive oil is added when the soup is pureed, which lends a nice richness and provides a healthier alternative to finishing the dish with cream.
|Mesclun and Roasted Pears with Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette
Grainy mustard, more robust and less pungent than some other varieties, is delicious mixed with apple juice and cider vinegar in this dressing. The pears turn sweet when roasted, and toasted pumpkin seeds add an appealing crunch. Try this salad with roasted apples or Asian pears as well.
|Roasted Potatoes with Sea Salt
Long, slow roasting in olive oil with a sprinkling of sea salt produces potatoes with a slightly crunchy skin and a creamy interior. Instead of using sage sprigs, you can also substitute fresh rosemary.
|Gluten-Free Stuffing with Bacon and Kale
Those who avoid eating gluten don’t need to be deprived of the quintessential Thanksgiving side when they use our gluten-free stuffing mix. The addition of hearty kale and fragrant bacon means that everyone will be fighting over the last serving.
This simple cranberry sauce gets an extra depth of flavor from the addition of ruby port.
Turkey Two Ways
Cooking the turkey in sections is an easy way to make sure that both the white and dark meat stay tender and juicy.
|Rack of Pork with Rosemary and Sage
Expand your menu beyond turkey (let’s face it—it’s not everyone’s thing). With rosemary, sage, citrus and brown sugar, the rub on this rack of pork is plenty evocative of the November holiday.
|Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts and Lemon Zest
You can blanch and dress these green beans in advance, then top them with the hazelnuts and basil just before serving—something that comes in especially handy when you’re balancing a zillion other tasks on Thanksgiving Day.
|Roasted Sunchokes and Carrots
For a departure from the usual green beans or brussels sprouts, serve a simple seasonal side of roasted sunchokes and carrots. Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are the small tubers of a sunflower plant native to North America and have a sweet, slightly nutty flavor.
|White Wine-Poached Pears
Free of top food allergens like gluten, dairy, eggs, wheat, corn and soy, this dessert is a wonderful finish to a meal during the cooler months. As a bonus, it pairs particularly nicely when pork or roasted poultry is on the menu.