Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some kind of stuffing at the table. I always loved traditional made-from-scratch stuffing growing up. When I began my gluten free diet in 2009 we started experimenting with different kinds of stuffing—wild rice with craisins and walnuts, brown rice with apples and pecans, paleo-style stuffing with sausage, vegetables and dried cranberries— but nothing ever satisfied my desire for “real stuffing”.

We never ate ready-made stuffing so I never thought to find a gluten free variety. Until now that is.Screen Shot 2013-11-16 at 10.04.56 AM

Located in Branford, Connecticut, Aleia’s Gluten Free Foods is a team of culinary trained chefs who handcraft and market a delicious line of all natural, CSA (Celiac Sprue Association) approved, and Kosher Certified, gluten free foods, which includes bread, croutons, stuffing mixes, bread crumbs, panko, and eight unique artisan cookies.

The kind folks over at Aleia’s were so kind to send me some of their savory stuffing mix to sample.IMG_5413

Aleia’s gluten free savory stuffing is perfectly seasoned with a balanced blend of herbs and spices. You will want to serve it as a side dish year round! It is flavorful, aromatic, and incredibly delicious! It reminds me of the stuffing I ate as a little girl.IMG_5438

In addition to the savory stuffing mix, Aleia’s also makes a plain stuffing mix. Both stuffing mixes are gluten free, soy free, and Kosher. IMG_5436

Savory Stuffing Recipe  

Serves 6

1 bag (12oz) Aleia’s Gluten Free Savory Stuffing
1/2 onion medium dice (about 1/2 cup)
2 ribs celery medium dice (about 1 cup)
1 large carrot medium dice (about 1/2 cup)* I recommend using 1 cup
6 tablespoons of butter
2 cups gluten free low salt chicken stock

Directions for oven baked stuffing:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large skillet pan, medium heat, melt butter; add onions, celery and carrots. Sautč until vegetables are tender.
3. Add stock, bring to a boil then remove the pan from the heat.
4. Place stuffing mix into a large bowl, pour mixture from pan over stuffing. Toss lightly until well mixed.
5. Spoon the mixture into a greased casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until hot. For a crispy top, remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.

Variations: Sausage & Mushroom stuffing: add 1 cup sliced mushrooms to the vegetables during cooking. Stir ˝ pound cooked and crumbled GF sausage into the mixture.IMG_5439

Aleia’s Gluten Free has a line of eighteen all natural, gluten free products that are available in over 3,000 grocery stores and distributed from coast to coast. Aleia’s products are available at Whole Foods, Hannaford, Roche Bros, and local Health Food Stores. To find a location near you click here.

Two days after I made this stuffing, my mom called me from the grocery store to ask if I had heard of a company called Aleia’s. While she was at Hannaford’s looking for gluten free stuffing for our Thanksgiving meal, the grocer recommended she try this new line they just started carrying. True story.

Disclaimer: I received these products for free to sample and review for my blog.  I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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