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Looking for a sausage & cranberry Paleo stuffing for Thanksgiving this year?
When you’re avoiding grains, gluten, or dairy, the standard American Thanksgiving dinner can be a bit lacking in food you can actually eat. Not so if this gluten free sausage stuffing is on your table! It’s made with simple ingredients, real ingredients, and is Paleo, Whole 30, Gluten Free, Grain Free & Dairy Free friendly.
Tools Needed to Make Gluten Free Stuffing
- Sauté pan - We use cast iron pans like this one exclusively and love them
- 9 x 13 baking pan - We have on like this and love the handles
- Cutting board - Gotta chop those veggies somewhere!
- Sharp knives Here’s the super cheap knife sharpener we have and LOVE
- Serving dish
Ingredients Used to Make this Grain Free Stuffing
- Ground pork - One of the main ingredients in this gluten-free, delicious paleo stuffing.
- Onions -Gives a slightly sweet flavor to the grain free stuffing.
- Celery - Adds savory flavor to the gluten free stuffing.
- Poultry seasoning - Find some at your local grocery store, or make your own
- Salt - We love this kind because it still has the trace minerals, and tons of flavor!
- Apple - Gives this gluten free sausage stuffing the perfect amount of sweetness.
- Dried Cranberries - Get these on Amazon that are sweetened with apple juice
- Coconut flour - I prefer Bob’s Red Mill. Get some on Amazon here
- Eggs - To hold the ingredients together.
- Tapioca flour - We use Bob’s Red Mill or Anthony’s. Get them on Amazon here.
- Bone Broth - For the most convenient bone broth ever, grab Kettle & Fire here
- Cooking Oils - Avocado Oil, Butter (or ghee, or coconut oil)
- Walnuts - For the topping
Ingredient Substitution ideas for this Paleo Stuffing
- Flours - There are a lot of different flours that could work in this recipe. We use coconut flour in most recipes and prefer it to other Paleo flours. However, I would guess (although I haven’t tested it yet) that you could substitute the coconut + tapioca flours for almond flour.
- Liquid - This recipe is pretty flexible. I used bone broth for the liquid, but you should be able to substitute water, or even your preferred milk if you’d rather.
- Meat - If you’d rather substitute pre-seasoned sausage for the ground pork, you’ll need to adjust the spices accordingly. Since each type of sausage will be seasoned a bit differently, I recommend starting with ¼ of the seasonings in the recipe (poultry seasoning and salt) and add more (before you add the flour mixture) to taste.
How to Make This Delicious Paleo Stuffing with Sausage & Cranberries
In all things in life, I strive for simplicity. This gluten free sausage stuffing recipe is no different. Just follow these simple directions and you'll be eating a delicious Paleo stuffing recipe in no time.
- Cook the ground pork in your pan.
- Then add the onions, celery & seasonings.
3. After the onions and celery are cooked, add the diced apple.
4. After about a minute, add the dried cranberries & remove from heat.
5. Next, add the coconut flour/tapioca flour/broth/egg mixture & bake
6. Serve with fresh parsley (optional) and enjoy your feast!
FAQ & Recipe tips
Can I make this stuffing ahead of time?
This would be a great dish to make the day before Thanksgiving and just reheat on the day-of. One less thing to do day-of Thanksgiving sounds pretty great...amiright?
Another option would be to make the pork/onion/celery/apple/cranberry part a couple days before you need it, then the day-of, add the coconut flour + tapioca + egg mixture and bake.
What to use in stuffing instead of breadcrumbs?
You can substitute breadcrumbs with wild rice, sticky rice, quinoa, oatmeal or cornbread for gluten-free stuffing that will keep your family happy…and your stomach happy! In this recipe instead of breadcrumbs, we use a few different Paleo & gluten free flours.
What is gluten free stuffing made of?
This recipe is made with ground pork, cranberries, apple, and a flour/egg mixture that makes it taste bready, without using actual bread.
Is boxed stuffing gluten free?
Most of the boxed stuffing recipes at the store are not gluten free. If you're avoiding gluten, grains, or dairy this Thanksgiving, make sure you pay attention to not just the labels on the front of the package, but also pay close attention to the ingredient label (on the back). Or, make it from scratch with this recipe and you don't need to worry about it!
- 1 lb ground pork
- 7 stalks celery, diced
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 4 Tbsp poultry seasoning
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 2 large apples (or 3 small/medium apples)
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- ¾ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup tapioca flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cup bone broth
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- ½-¾ cup walnuts, chopped
- Fresh parsley (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 (F)
- Cook the pork in your skillet on medium heat, breaking it up into pieces as it’s cooking.
- When the pork is cooked through (you’ll see no pink), add the poultry seasoning, salt, diced onion and celery to the pan and cook until onion is translucent (about 5 more minutes) while stirring occasionally.
- Once the onion and celery are cooked, add the diced apple and cook for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally.
- Add the dried cranberries and remove the pan from heat.
- In a separate bowl, mix the coconut flour, tapioca flour, egg, and bone broth. Stir until evenly mixed.
- Pour the stuffing into your baking dish and sprinkle chopped walnuts on top.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes in a 350 (F) oven.
- Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.
To substitute pre-seasoned sausage for the pork, you’ll need to adjust the seasoning accordingly. I recommend starting with ¼ of the recommended poultry seasoning & salt, and adding more to taste, as needed