That’s right…it’s time for my first recipe post EVER.
We celebrated our first Thanksgiving yesterday. Why yesterday? Long story short: Mrs. Dude is Jewish and I’m Catholic so the tradition has always been we spend Thanksgiving with her family and Christmas with mine. But alas, this is the first time in 15 years that my Mom is living close to us. So we are celebrating Thanksgiving with her this year. But since Hanukkah is kicking off this week, we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone (three if you count the turkey) and celebrate both holidays with Mrs. Dude’s family yesterday and then do another Thanksgiving with my family Thursday. Got it? Phew!
I’m not a big turkey guy…never really have been. But I do love the tradition of cooking the bird all day long. I love the process, I love the way the house smells as the turkey is roasting. It may be my favorite holiday because it’s simply based around family. It’s not about gift-giving. It’s not about religion. It’s an important day simply to be thankful for what you’ve got (unless of course you’re a turkey…then it’s probably not your favorite holiday.)
Though I may not love turkey, I have always been absolutely crazy about stuffing. Growing up, my parents made it simple. Not tons of ingredients…bread, butter, onions, celery, broth, etc. I’d have it for days and days.
When I got the dreaded celiac diagnoses six years ago, our first post-CD Thanksgiving was two months later. The best stuffing is when you stuff the bird. And the Dudettes loved my stuffing also. I wanted them to continue to enjoy the stuffing I’ve always made. But I can’t put normal stuffing in the bird. What to do? I had a parental dilemma.
So I tried using my standard recipe with gluten-free bread. To say it sucked wouldn’t be fair to the word “suck”. It was god-awful.
And so for the next 4 years, I went stuffing-free and we purchased ready-made stuffing from the store for the Dudettes. A pale replacement to be sure and it seemed our glorious stuffing days were OVER.
Until yesterday. I thought I’d give it one more shot.
I found a wonderful website that listed 99 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes. It included everything from cocktails to desserts (which frankly, I’d be fine with just those two things.)
Included in it was a number of stuffing recipes. But because I’m a simple guy with simple tastes, I went with the most simple recipe, gave it my own personal touch, and then stuffed the heck out of the bird with it. I wasn’t expecting any miracles but I was hopeful.
I’m happy to say…It. Was. Amazing.
So now, after babbling for more than 400 words, I’d like to present it to you.
And the next time a celiac complains that their life sucks because they can’t enjoy a true Thanksgiving dinner, just tell em to stuff it and send them this recipe.