There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it every day leading up to Thanksgiving, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to help you host the least stressful Thanksgiving yet. No promises on the crazy relatives.
Today: We'll arm you with simple solutions so your guests with special diets will enjoy post-Thanksgiving food comas too. Tomorrow we'll tackle all of your stuffing situations.
Thanksgiving is a day where everyone you love comes together, the uniting factor being food. So what happens when you have guests who have special diets? How do you serve a satisfying menu without straying too far from traditional Thanksgiving fare? Every year concerned hosts who want to make sure their vegan, vegetarian, paleo or gluten-free guests don't leave hungry come to the Hotline for help. We have a summary of the best solutions -- substitution is the name of the game.
Satisfying Paleo and Vegan Guests
- Amanda suggests Crispy Delicata Rings with Currant, Fennel and Apple Relish.
- Lloreen recommends using coconut milk instead of cream in a pumpkin or squash soup.
- Zombiecupcake, brette warshaw and AntoniaJames all hail the Vegan Lentil Shepherd's Pie.
- Psst -- we've got more ideas for veganizing Thanksgiving.
- Anitalectric is a pie crust whiz, subbing 3 parts non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening and one part coconut, safflower, or olive oil in place of the butter, or try an olive oil pie crust like Ophelia makes.
- To replace an egg, Anitalectric uses 1 tablespoon flax blended with 3 tablespoons warm water until gooey.
- For a custard-y pie, she uses chestnut flour and full fat coconut milk instead of egg and milk, and kabocha squash in place of pumpkin since it's less sugary.
How to Make Dairy-Free Gravy
- Monita and megandrob both make a roux from pan drippings, cooking with flour or corn starch and substitute chicken broth, wine or a combination of the two, simmering until the roux thickens.
- SeaJambon reminds us to first stir the corn starch in a few drops water, instead of putting it directly in the pan, as it will develop lumps.
- Marian Bull recommends Shauna Ahern's Gluten-Free iPad app for stuffing tips.
- With the right recipe, cornbread can be a great option -- carbonarasuz makes this gluten-free cornbread and adds it to her Adouille Sausage Stuffing.
- One bonus to using cornbread, is that it allows you to add more sage (as opposed to stuffing made with white bread) says lorigoldsby.
- Try grains like wild rice, or a millet pilaf with vegetables, dried cranberries, and pecans like susan g dreamed up.
- SeaJambon reminds us that you can always use any gluten-free bread in a regular stuffing recipe.
How do you modify your favorite Thanksgiving dishes for your guests' diets? Continue the conversation in the comments below!
Have you missed any of our Thanksgiving round-up of Burning Questions? Catch up now:
- The Definitive Pounds-Per-Person Guide to Turkey and Potatoes
- To Brine or Not to Brine?
- Everything You Need to Know About Brining
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