Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner: Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Michael’s Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner was a success!

sliced roast turkey, dairy free stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes and gravy

What a busy weekend it was getting everything ready. Having a well laid out plan really helped. 

Thursday: roast peppers for hostess gift of Roasted Red and Yellow Pepper Bruschetta topping
Friday: Bake the bread in Black and Decker  All-In-One Automatic Breadmaker for the stuffing. (Substitute the butter with canola oil, omit dry milk powder and substitute water with rice/soy milk)
Saturday: Pick up turkey from Buckingham’s with Michael.

9 lb turkey picked up at Buckinham's

Prepare the stuffing. (Michael chopped the celery, measured the oil and herbs, sautéed  the ingredients and combined them with the cubed bread) Bake and frost Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Birthday Cake.
Sunday: Make the french stick dough in the bread maker and bake, roast turkey with stuffing, make gravy (Michael chopped the celery and carrots) and garlic mashed potatoes.(Michael peeled and cut the potatoes in half. He adjusted the garlic mashed potatoes with garlic water, salt and pepper to his liking)

The first time I roasted a turkey for my family, was the Christmas of 1995. Andy and I announced I was pregnant (with Michael) and my brother announced his engagement at New Years.

The recipe I adapted for roast turkey and stuffing was from Canadian Living’s Country Cooking Cookbook. It resembled my mother’s recipe so much, I have been using it ever since.

Dairy Free Stuffing

dairy free turkey stuffing in a bowl

3/8 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
2 tsp dried sage
1/2 tsp each of salt, dried savory, marjoram and pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
7-8 cups cubed white bread (made in bread maker)
1/4 cup chopped  fresh parsley

In a large pan, heat oil on medium heat.
Cook onions, celery, sage, salt savory, marjoram, pepper and thyme.
Stir often for 10-15 minutes until tender.

sauteeing celery, onion, herbs in canola oil for stuffingTransfer to a large bowl and toss with bread and parsley.

dairy free stuffing for turkeyCover and refrigerate. (Do this the day before)

Roast Turkey

sliced roast turkey on a platter

9 lb turkey
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper

Remove any giblets and neck from turkey. Set aside for gravy.
Rinse turkey inside and out and dry well.
Stuff body of turkey with stuffing and any extra in the neck opening.
Skewer neck together. Twist wings under.
Tuck legs under band of skin or tie together with string.
Place turkey on rack in roasting pan.
Rub olive oil, salt and pepper over turkey.

9 lb stuffed turkey ready for the oven

Insert pop up timer 1 – 1 1/4 inches from the front tip of breast bone, up from wing socket and angled slightly toward the breast bone.
Cover with lid and roast at 325 F for 3 1/4 – 3 1/2 hours, removing lid for the last hour to brown the turkey, until the pop up timer pops up.

cooked roast turkey in roasting pan with pop up timer popped upA thermometer inserted at thigh should reach 185 F (85 C) and stuffing 165 F(75 C).
Let rest on cutting board, lightly covered for 20 minutes before carving.

Stock for Gravy

vegetable broth, white wine, chopped onion, carrots and celery and neck and giblets from turkey for stock for gravy

giblets and neck from turkey
900 ml carton of vegetable stock add enough water to make 4 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup each sliced carrot and celery

Put all above ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 hours.
Strain into a measuring cup.
Add enough wine to make 3 cups if needed. (I didn’t need any)
Set aside until ready to make gravy.

Dairy Free Gravy

dairy free turkey gravy in gravy boat

1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste

Skim fat in roasting pan.
Add flour and cook over medium heat.
Whisk in stock and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Tip: If the gravy has not thickened enough, in a separate bowl, mix a bit of the gravy with more flour and gradually whisk into the simmering gravy until desired thickness is reached.

Dairy Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes

dairy free garlic mashed potatoes in a bowl

4 Yukon Gold potatoes
4 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a saucepan, cover potatoes and garlic with water.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
Cook until tender.
Drain potatoes, reserving liquid.
Mash potatoes with garlic, drizzle with olive oil, add enough of the liquid to moisten, salt and pepper to taste.

Michael put together his Thanksgiving Feast of turkey, stuffing and garlic mashed potatoes in an oven proof container.(Sampling bits of turkey and a turkey wing in the process)

Michael's thanksgiving dinner of roast turkey, dairy free garlic mashed potatoes, and dairy free stuffing in a oven proof container

Upon arrival at my sister-in-law’s house, I covered his dinner with foil and placed it in the oven to reheat. I reheated his gravy in the microwave.

Along with Michael’s thanksgiving dinner, I brought the loaf of homemade french stick, a cutting board and bread knife for Michael to cut it and Dairy and Egg Free Chocolate Birthday Cake. (I used the bread knife to cut the cake)

Our Thanksgiving Day Culinary Adventure was a lot of work and a lot of fun! An event we will most likely share in again.

Michael discovered he liked chopping celery, he learned how to handle a vegetable peeler, insert a measuring spoon into a box of dried sage, and patiently watched over and stirred vegetables sauteing and gravy thickening. Most of all, he enjoyed taste testing the results of his labour!

I discovered that I should invite Michael into the kitchen more often!

The day after the extended family’s thanksgiving dinner, our family was thankful for the leftovers of our Thanksgiving Day Culinary Adventure.

Have you experienced a Culinary Adventure in your kitchen? Would you like to? I would love to know? Please leave a comment.

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Have you adapted similar recipes for your own food allergy needs? I’d love to hear about them. Please share in the comments!

PS: As always, any products I mention in these posts are my own personal recommendations. No one’s paying me to recommend them. They’re just what has worked for our family. Your own needs and preferences may be different!

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8 thoughts on “Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner: Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  1. This is Sooo awesome! There was NOTHING at the thanksgiving dinner I went to that I could eat… 😦 I was so bummed out! Hoping to have Christmas here so I can eat a Christmas dinner at least…

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