by: Niki Mosier, Grocery Buyer
Gluten intolerance includes all kinds of sensitivities to gluten. Less than one percent of the population has been diagnosed with Celiac’s disease, but at least 15% or 1 in 7 Americans experience some form of gluten intolerance. Symptoms are most often gastro-intestinal but can also be more serious, affecting the immune system. Luckily most people find relief by reducing or eliminating gluten from their diet, often seeing results in just a few weeks.
Chances are you will be cooking or dining with someone who experiences gluten intolerance this holiday season. Whether you are curious about the taste or have no other choice, gluten-free foods can be a great addition to your menu. Here at the Co-op we are continually trying to increase our gluten free options throughout the store. Just look for the yellow labels over shelf tags to quickly find all of our gluten-free products. In the grocery section you will find Bob’s Redmill Gluten-free pancake, cookie, bread and cornbread mixes. We also have Gluten-Free Pantry, Namaste and 123 Gluten Free. From Domata we have five pound bags of gluten free flour for all of your favorite baking recipes!
When you want to reach for a snack, check out the great gluten-free options in the chip and cracker aisle. Including the always popular NutThins, grab a box or bag and take it along to your next family gathering or work holiday party. Odds are that there will be someone there with gluten sensitivity so you might even make their day. There are also Glutino gluten-free pretzels in many varieties.
If you have house guests over the holidays with gluten intolerance, check out our canned soups for quick lunch or dinner ideas. If you can’t imagine life without bread, in our freezer section look for the Food for Life brand gluten-free breads. If you want to dig deeper, there are many gluten-free meal ideas in our cookbook selection.
If there is something you have in mind or just have a question but are not quite sure where to look, just stop in and ask. Here are a few highly recommended recipes to help you out over the holidays if you find yourself cooking for someone with a gluten-intolerance.
Classic Gluten-Free Bread Stuffing
with Crisp Sage Dressing
4 cups gluten-free bread, cut into little cubes and lightly toasted
6 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine,
divided into 4 and 2 tablespoon chunks
1 cup quarter-inch diced onion
1 cup quarter-inch diced celery
1/3 cup quarter-inch diced carrot
16 large fresh sage leaves
1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
1 pinch dried thyme leaves
½- ¾ teaspoon coarse salt
24 grinds of fresh black pepper – to taste
3/4 – 1 cup broth (gluten-free vegetable or chicken)
1. Put the bread cubes into a mixing bowl. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a small skillet. Saute the onion, celery, and carrot until tender. Then lightly mix in the vegetables with the bread.
2. Using the same skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Toss in the sage leaves. Over medium heat, brown the butter. The butter will be ready when it has a nutty smell and the sage leaves begin to crisp and brown. Remove the sage leaves and place them on a paper towel to drain.
3. Pour the brown butter over the bread mixture. Chop the sage leaves and lightly mix in with the bread and vegetables. Season with nutmeg, thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Use just enough broth to moisten the stuffing. If you stuff it inside the bird, leave the mixture on the dry side. For a separate baked dish, make it a bit moister.
4. Transfer stuffing to an ovenproof casserole and bake at 350 degrees until brown on top.
“Give Thanks” Gluten-Free Gravy
Makes about 2 cups
4 tablespoons hot turkey drippings
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups Gluten-Free turkey or chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Wisk together drippings and cornstarch. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly over medium-high heat until smooth and simmering.
2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.