How to Host a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving, from Drinks to Dessert

Thanksgiving is all about two things: giving thanks…and stuffing your face with the most delicious food ever. But if you’re not eating gluten, things can get tricky at the Turkey Day table. No worries, friend: We’ve mapped out a totally doable, completely gluten-free Thanksgiving menu, from drinks to dessert (and everything in between).

21 Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas That Aren’t Pumpkin Pie

1. Ruby Vermouth Spritzers

This refreshing, herbaceous spritzer gets its pretty color and bittersweet flavor from red vermouth. Think of it as a cold-weather Aperol spritz.

2. Sweet Potato Crostini

Who needs crackers when you have crispy roasted slices of sweet potato? Try our smoked salmon or almond-cranberry variations or make your own toppings.

3. The Fastest Roast Turkey Recipe In The Universe

How fast does this turkey cook, you ask? It takes less than an hour from start to finish (and is totally gluten-free).

4. Gluten-free Gravy With Apple Cider, Shallots And Rosemary

Gravy is traditionally thickened with a mixture of flour and butter, but you can easily use a gluten-free flour or even rice flour in its place.

5. Easy Gluten-free Stuffing

A Thanksgiving feast is nothing without stuffing, but why should gluten-eaters have all the fun? Use your favorite store-bought gluten-free bread to make it extra easy.

5. 5-ingredient Red-wine Cranberry Sauce

Let’s be honest: Cranberry sauce is usually an afterthought. But when you add red wine and orange zest, something magical happens.

6. Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts

One bite of these caramelized, cheese-dusted Brussels sprouts, and you’ll forget that pasta even exists.

8. Pumpkin Bread With Fresh Rosemary

Not only is this savory, spiced pumpkin bread gluten-free, it’s also Paleo-friendly thanks to a blend of almond and coconut flours.

9. Vegan, Gluten-free Pumpkin Pie

Did you think we would forget about the Thanksgiving pièce de résistance? You don’t have to make yours vegan (just substitute regular butter and milk), but the gluten-free crust is so, so simple.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...