Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing Recipe.

Don't tell anyone that this Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing is GF. It's so tasty and moist that everyone at your Thanksgiving will be asking for seconds.

Best of all this gluten free turkey stuffing recipe is made with a combination of cornbread, vegetables, and seasonings that’s easy to make ahead of time.

In fact, this gluten free dressing recipe will soon be a family holiday favorite.

What's the difference between cornbread stuffing and cornbread dressing?

This is a gluten free cornbread stuffing dressing recipe. But actually, it should be called gluten free cornbread dressing.

That's because stuffing goes into the turkey or chicken.

And the dressing is made separately. Not in the bird.

In the South, many call cornbread stuffing, cornbread dressing.

And the rest of us think that dressing is something you put on your salad.

To each his own, I guess!

How to make gluten free stuffing

1. Make a batch of gluten free cornbread a day or two ahead of time.

2. Cut the cornbread into cubes and toast them lightly in the oven.

3. Make gluten free bread cubes by cutting up 12 ounces of bread. Then toast those in the oven.

4. Sauté the onions and celery. Add seasonings.

5. Add the sautéed vegetables, toasted cornbread, and toasted gluten free bread cubes to a large bowl. Mix well.

6. Lightly beat eggs and add to the bread cube mixture. Mix well.

7. Add broth to bread cube mixture and stir with each addition.

8. Spread stuffing into a prepared 9"x13" baking dish.

9. Bake until golden brown. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Ingredients to make a recipe for Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing.

Gluten free Thanksgiving dressing time savers

While the recipe below gives directions for making gluten free cornbread from scratch, you can use Krusteaz Gluten Free Cornbread Mix instead.

It's one of my favorite cornbread mixes since it's so flavorful.

And it’s easy to make – just add milk, oil and an egg! It bakes up perfectly every time.

Buy two boxes and make an extra to serve on the side along with your gluten free turkey dressing and Thanksgiving dinner.

Making sure it's a gluten free stuffing recipe

To make the best gluten free stuffing recipe, use a good all-purpose gluten free flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour since it cooks up just like regular flour.

Here’s the best way to measure gluten free flour: Believe it or not, you shouldn’t scoop gluten free flour directly out of the bag with a measuring cup.

It packs down the flour and you end up with a bit too much in your cup. Too much flour means your cornbread may come out too dry.

Instead, spoon the flour from the bag (or the container you keep your flour in) into your measuring cup. Then use the back of a spatula or knife to level off the top of the cup.

This way the gluten free flour is given a mini-sift and isn’t packed down.

Chicken broth: Also make sure to check the label of the chicken broth you’re using for any gluten.

Many popular brands of chicken broth are now certified to be gluten free.

However, this changes from time to time. So always double-check the label!

Check out my  Best Gluten Free Products List to find more of my favorite gluten free baking products!

A glass pan of Cornbread Stuffing with plates and napkins.

Can you make vegan cornbread stuffing?

Yes, you can certainly do so with these substitutions:

Cornbread: Use a vegan cornbread recipe like my Vegan Cornbread Recipe with Rosemary instead of the gluten free cornbread for stuffing.

Bread: Make sure the gluten free bread you're using is also vegan. This is probably the most challenging ingredient as the gluten free, egg-free bread I see for sale all use honey.

But if you're vegan, I'm sure you know of a brand. You could also try doubling up on the cornbread.

Buttery spread: Substitute a vegan buttery spread like Earth Balance instead of butter.

Broth: Instead of chicken broth, use a vegan vegetable broth in this recipe for gluten free dressing.

Egg substitute: Finally, instead of eggs in the vegan cornbread dressing, use an egg substitute like Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer.

Just remember to double-check that all your ingredients are both vegan and gluten free to keep this a gluten free dressing for Thanksgiving.

A serving spoon above a baking dish of Cornbread Stuffing.

More tips for making gluten free dressing for turkey

Reduce the sugar: When baking the cornbread, you can reduce the sugar using a sugar substitute like monk fruit sweetener or Swerve Sweetener.

Use fresh herbs: You can also use fresh herbs leftover from other Thanksgiving recipes to this gluten free cornbread stuffing.

The correct ratio is one tablespoon of fresh herbs to one teaspoon of dried herbs.

  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme

Dairy free? If you’re dairy free, use many of the vegan substitutions such as a vegan buttery spread instead of butter.

If you’re making the cornbread from scratch, you can use unsweetened soy, coconut, or oat milk instead of cow’s milk. (The Krusteaz Gluten Free Cornbread Mix may contain milk.)

Can I add more ingredients to the gluten free cornbread stuffing?

Some people love to dress up their Thanksgiving dressing with additional ingredients like sausage, dried fruit, and vegetables.

Since this recipe for gluten free stuffing is pretty "plain Jane" I give you permission to add any of the following, especially if you have a handful of this or that leftover from other holiday recipes:

Add any of these ingredients when you're sautéing the onions and celery. Cook and soft (for the dried cranberries and vegetables).

If you're adding sausage, cook separately and add to the gluten free recipe for stuffing mixture.

I think you could add a cup or two (max) and not overflow the casserole dish.

A glass dish of Cornbread Stuffing with a servng spoon.

More easy Thanksgiving recipes

Looking for more easy Thanksgiving dishes that are gluten free? Check these out!

Appetizers: Spicy Cranberry Hummus, Turkey Cranberry Crescent Braid, Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Side Dishes: Crockpot Mashed Potatoes, Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes, Vegan Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Squash & Dates, Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce,

Sara Moulton’s Best Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Desserts: Pumpkin Cheesecake Lasagna, Gluten Free Raspberry Pecan PieGluten Free Chocolate Pecan Pie, Keto Pumpkin Mousse,

Weight Watchers Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

Dinner: Instant Pot Turkey Breast, Crockpot Spiral Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze, Smoked Turkey Brine with Smoked Turkey Rub Recipe, Recipe for how to brine and smoke a turkey breast

Leftovers: Turkey Apricot Rice SaladTurkey Enchilada Casserole

Yield: 12 SERVINGS

Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing Recipe

A glass dish of Cornbread Stuffing with a servng spoon.

Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing is easy to make ahead of time. This gluten free stuffing recipe is a holiday favorite.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

Gluten Free Cornbread

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

Gluten Free Stuffing

  • 12 ounces dried gluten free bread cubes
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup (3-4 stalks) celery, chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2-3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

Gluten Free Cornbread

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Coat a square 8"x8" baking pan with cooking spray
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt
  4. Add milk, eggs, and butter
  5. Beat until smooth
  6. Pour into prepared pan
  7. Bake for 20-30 or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean

Preparing Gluten Free Cornbread

  1. Bake cornbread 1 to 2 days ahead of time.
  2. Cut cornbread into 1-inch cubes. Spread on to a baking sheet.
  3. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  4. Dry cornbread in the oven for 30-45 minutes, tossing every 10-12 minutes until crispy.

Preparing Gluten Free Bread Cubes

  1. Cut gluten free bread into 1-inch cubes. Spread on to a baking sheet.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  3. Dry gluten free bread cubes in the oven for 30-45 minutes, tossing every 10-12 minutes until crispy.

Gluten Free Stuffing

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat a 9"x13" baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat,
  4. Add chopped onions and celery and cook until soft.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add seasonings and mix well.
  7. Place cornbread and gluten free bread in a very large bowl.
  8. Add onion mixture and mix well.
  9. Lightly beat eggs and add to the bread cube mixture. Mix well.
  10. Gradually add broth to bread cube mixture and stir with each addition. (See notes.)
  11. Spread stuffing into prepared baking dish.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Notes

You may need more or less of the broth. The gluten free stuffing should be moist, not mushy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1157mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 8g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

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