Grain Free Stuffing (GAPS, Paleo, Gluten Free)

I’ve been making the same stuffing for about the last 10 years. It’s a recipe I got from my best friend when we were living in England & it’s always a winner.

When you have a kid who has special dietary needs something happens to you where you suddenly want to be certain they can be included in eating almost everything. Of course, I grabbed a couple of loaves of sourdough from Whole Foods this week, but for the most part, our meal will be grain free. Surprise, incoming family members!

Not that I think they’ll really notice. I do make a pretty impressive spread. But the one thing I was worried about was the stuffing (or technically, it would be dressing) since it’s not actually stuffed in anything. My traditional stuffing does call for bread so this year I decided to basically make it without.

The only real noticeable difference is the consistency, which doesn’t have the gut sticking power a typical stuffing with bread has, but it has all the delicious flavors & my kids loved it. Even more importantly, I don’t have to worry about Arthur accidentally getting a scoop of something on his plate that might make him sick.

This has all the basics of my traditional, old stuffing recipe. Italian sausage, vegetables & herbs but you can also throw in a seasonal favorite, chestnuts. If you are able to tolerate nuts, the chestnuts give a fantastic texture & flavor to the stuffing. (Arthur is still working towards being able to tolerate nuts, so this year we’ll leave them out).

The usual suspects, celery & onion with some carrots for color.

Grain Free Stuffing Rosemary is a fragrant addition.

Rosemary Sweat all your veg in butter until it’s nice & soft.

Grain Free Stuffing Add in your ground Italian sausage. On GAPS you need to be careful of harmful additives so look at your ingredients closely. I buy my Italian sausage from a local farm here so they just use spices. If you need to season your own ground pork Diane Sanfilippo of Balance Bites has a great seasoning mix.

Grain Free Stuffing If you’re going to add the chestnuts, throw em in your now. I like them roughly chopped so you get a big hunk every few bites. If you could get these ahead of time & roast them yourself, that would be great but, oddly I have yet to see any sold in the stores this year.

Chesnuts Remember my motto – Throw a handful of kale in there? This is no exception. The kale is beautiful & give a nice color next to the carrots, plus it’s a nutritious green. Your kids won’t even notice it’s there.

Grain Free Stuffing

Grain Free Stuffing

Grain Free Stuffing

Grain Free Stuffing (GAPS, Paleo, Gluten Free)
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Looking for a grain free stuffing that has all the flavors of traditional stuffing? Here it is!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter (or any fat)
  • 4-5 Ribs of Celery, chopped
  • 3-4 Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, Chopped
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage (or Ground Pork you've seasoned)
  • 1 Cup Kale, Chopped
  • 1 7.4oz Jar of Roasted Chestnuts (approx 1.5 cups)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter in a skillet & sauté chopped vegetables until they are soft.
  2. Add crumbled Italian Sausage to the skillet & break apart with a utensil.
  3. Add fresh chopped rosemary, chestnuts & kale.
  4. As you stir, the juices will absorb into the kale & make it soft & wilted.
  5. Serve!


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