My Aunt Darcy has the best stuffing recipe! You HAVE to try it! Back in the day when I actually went through the huge hassle of flying home for both Christmas AND Thanksgiving, Darcy would bring the stuffing fixings and we would use some on my gluten free croutons so I could have my own stuffing. I've been making this on my own for a few years now and am planning on making it this year for the big day. The nice thing about it is that you throw it in your crock pot and while it warms up, you can forget about it until your other dishes are ready to go for dinner.
1 loaf gluten free white bread
1 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp sage
My first step this weekend will be to get some Udi's gluten free white bread from King Soopers (also available here). (I have also used Whole Foods gluten free white bread.) With your sharpest serrated bread knife, cut the loaf into small cubes (about 1cm X 1cm cubes). Throw the cubes on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with onion powder and large amounts of sage. Toast these in your oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. Let them cool off and dry out completely before storing them in a ziplock and set them aside for the big day.
For a gluten-filled version of this recipe, apparently you can buy sage and onion croutons already made.
Phase II: This next phase can also be done before Thanksgiving and stored, or can also be made the day of.
1 cup butter
2 cups celery finely chopped
2 cups onions finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
1 lb fresh mushrooms diced
1 lb ground pork
In a large pan, melt butter and saute celery and onions in the butter. Once these are looking somewhat transparent, add the mushrooms and parsley and let them loose their moisture and let that moisture cook off. Set this aside. In the same pan, brown the ground pork and drain any excess grease. Combine all of this in a Tupperware for storage until you're ready for phase III.
4 cups chicken broth (or 4 tsp chicken bouillon and 4 cups water)
1 cup raisins (optional)
On the big day, 2 hours before Thanksgiving dinner, grease your crock pot. Beat two eggs in a bowl. Throw your croutons in the crock pot and pour the eggs over the top. Add the Phase II mixture and four cups of chicken broth. I like to use "Better than bouillon." This is a moist bullion that is gluten free. I then just combine 1 tsp of this with each cup of hot water to dissolve it and make my own faux chicken broth. The fancy organic boxed broth is usually labeled gluten free as well. Stir your stuffing and put your crock pot on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours, stir once or twice during this process and serve when dinner is ready!
A note on raisins-- some people don't care for raisins in their stuffing or better yet, have never heard of anyone doing this. I love them. Darcy usually made two crockpots, one with, on without (we have a massive family!). I say, if you don't like the raisins, then don't eat them.