It’s the best food holiday of the season! We are only a few weeks out from Thanksgiving and it’s time to start planning the menu if you have not already. When it comes to food, we turn to one of our favorite Iowa food bloggers: Kristin of Iowa Girl Eats. Many of her recipes are gluten-free and all are super yummy and so easy to make. She shared her favorite Easter recipes with us this year and now she’s back to share her ideas for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. The best part? Many of these dishes are easy to make ahead so you can save time on Thanksgiving Day for important activities (like eating).
We’ve broken these recipes down by course so you can easily plan your Thanksgiving menu. Still planning décor and execution? Check out our 5 fall DIY projects and tips for hosting the ultimate Friendsgiving.
Thanksgiving Recipes from Iowa Girl Eats
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Hot and filling, this cheesy dip is the perfect comfort food to kick off a day full of eating. Best of all- it only has five ingredients! It’s an easy dish to make ahead for a large number of people. Make as many pans as you need of it and set it down in front of the crowd watching football- trust us, they’ll notice it.
Kristin gave us two great ideas for main dishes if you’re looking to go above and beyond the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. If you still want poultry on the menu however, we recommend the bacon-wrapped turkey breasts. Oh, we had you at bacon? This is the perfect dish if Thanksgiving dinner is a smaller affair and you don’t want or need to do an entire turkey. She provides a step-by-step process for stuffing lean turkey breasts with wild rice stuffing (which we also have featured in the next section), then wrapping the turkey in bacon and roasting it in the oven. Served with a sweet and spicy cranberry-apple chutney, this recipe is a fun way to deviate from the usual 14-pound bird.
Still thinking about that wild rice stuffing we mentioned before? Don’t worry; we are too! Wild rice stuffing is a great gluten-free alternative to traditional stuffing if you have gluten-intolerant guests or if you’re just tired of the same old stuffing every year. This dish can easily be prepped the day before and is a festive mix of wild rice, bacon, mushroom, spices, almonds, Parmesan and cranberries. Serve it on the side or stuff your turkey with it, like in the recipe above. If you want to stick with classic stuffing, no worries! We have another wild rice recipe below.
Anything with caramel and apples gets our vote for a winning dessert. This recipe includes instructions for a homemade gluten-free caramel sauce- bonus! This simple concoction of apples, oats, cinnamon, butter and of course, caramel sauce, is even better served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Have we made you hungry and ready for Thanksgiving? If you’re looking for cocktails to pair with these amazing dishes, check out our six favorite Thanksgiving cocktails. For more fall inspiration, our Fall @ HM blog page is full of Thanksgiving and fall décor ideas!
Special thanks to Kristin of Iowa Girl Eats for sharing her favorite Thanksgiving recipes with us! Head over to her site at www.iowagirleats.com for more yummy gluten-free recipes!
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