Another popular staple to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is gravy. Our family likes to pour gravy over our meat, potatoes and vegetables.
For most people, no Thanksgiving dinner would be truly complete without gravy to drizzle over these other side dishes. I particularly enjoy dunking my biscuits and/or cornbread deep in good, brown gravy.
The question is, how can you serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with brown gravy if it causes bad reactions in you or your family members?
Unfortunately, traditional brown gravy is usually made by combining wheat flour with broth, spices and/or meat drippings. There are also added flavors which often come in the form of monosodium glutamate (msg). So, not only is gravy full of flour-based gluten, but it even contains fake flavoring which often causes harmful side effects in people who are sensitive to gluten.
It is very difficult to achieve the same look, taste and consistency of real gravy with wheat-based flour. The only solution is to make a special gluten-free gravy and substitute the flour ingredients for other ingredients.
Happily, there are several good recipes for gluten-free gravy on the internet, so you will not have to formulate your own. There are also packaged gluten-free mixes available on Amazon and in certain health food stores. I will discuss these mixes in greater detail later on in the article. Below, I have included a quick and simple recipe for delicious, gluten-free gravy.
Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy
Prep Time: 7 minutes.
Total Time: 7 minutes.
Yields: About 2 cups of gravy.
- Reserved pan juices from turkey roasting pan
- 2 tablespoons of sweet rice flour OR cornstarch
- Liquid: One or a combination of the following:
- ½ cup of water or milk or white wine
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Gradually sprinkle in more sweet rice flour if needed to get the amount of thickness you are looking for. If you are using cornstarch for a thickening, add more by first whisking 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water. This is called making a “slurry” and will prevent the cornstarch from clumping when added to the hot gravy. Gradually whisk into the gravy for desired thickness.
- When a roasted turkey is done cooking, pour pan juices into a 2-cup measuring cup or bowl. Use a spatula to scrape a flavorful pan dripping into the cup or bowl.
- When fat rises to the top of the cup, skim off ¼ cup of fat and pour in a medium skillet or saucepan. Discard any remaining fat. Mix cornstarch with ½ cup of water or white wine. Stir until smooth and dissolved.
- Add remaining pan juices to fat in a skillet. Whisk dissolved cornstarch into the pan and cook over medium heat while continued to whisk for about 5 minutes, until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe courtesy About.com
If you are in a hurry or need one last quick side dish for your family Thanksgiving dinner, take advantage of packaged gluten-free gravy mixes. There are several available online at Amazon. They are also sold in some health food stores, such as Whole Foods Market. Some of the best mixes are: Seitenbacher Brown Gravy (Gluten-Free/Vegan), Full Flavor Gluten-Free Beef Gravy Mix and Orgran Gravy Mix Gluten-Free.
Now, you can enjoy a thick, delicious brown gravy over your potatoes and biscuits that is completely gluten-free! You will no longer have to worry about depriving yourself or your guests of gravy drizzled meat. And, you also will not be in danger of suffering or causing others to suffer allergies caused by flour-based food. Enjoy the gluten-free life!