Thursday, October 28, 2010

An Allergen-Free Holiday - Breadless Turkey Stuffing

It's hard to believe that the holidays are almost here! Of course, that means family gatherings and holiday meals – and for those of who need to cook for families with food allergies, there can be added stress.

For the next few weeks I will share some of my family’s favorite allergen-free and gluten-free holiday recipes. First up is my breadless turkey stuffing. My family has been making meat stuffing for years. This recipe goes back to my grandmother’s French-Canadian heritage. I have modified it over the years, but the essence of the meat stuffing tradition in my family remains.

Breadless Turkey Stuffing


1 cup brown rice (measured prior to cooking)
1 lb. ground pork
1 lb. ground turkey
2 medium onions, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped
4 tsp Bell’s seasoning


1. Prepare the rice according to package instructions. Set aside.
2. Brown the turkey and pork together in a large skillet over med-high heat. When cooked thoroughly, drain. Add the Bell’s seasoning to the meat mixture.
3. In a small skillet, add the olive oil and onions. Sauté over medium heat until the onions are caramelized (8-10 minutes).
4. Combine the meat mixture, rice, apple, and onions together in a large mixing bowl.
5. Stuff and roast turkey.
6. When turkey is done, remove stuffing from bird and transfer to a serving dish. Serve immediately.
Makes enough stuffing for a 14-18 pound turkey.


Stuff the turkey only when you are ready to begin roasting to avoid illness.
Adjust the amounts for a smaller or larger bird.
If Bell’s seasoning is not available, substitute equal 1 tsp rosemary, 1 tsp oregano, and 1 tsp pepper.
This recipe can be made as a side dish. Prepare as above, transfer to a casserole dish, add 4 tbsp Earth Balance soy free buttery spread on top, bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


For more holiday recipe ideas, download The Allergen-Free Holiday Cookbook from Smashwords, available in many formats. I recommend the PDF format so you can print it out and take notes. I am offering this free to readers of Learning to Eat Allergy-Free through the end of 2010. Use Smashwords coupon code “AA48Y”. If you like it, I’d appreciate it if you post a review on Smashwords!

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