Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Thanksgiving!

Let's see -- Sorry no pictures, I was too busy cooking!

Turkey -
Use a Kosher turkey and it's already brined. I use the Joy of Cooking recipe for brined turkey, basting it with olive oil. Roast upside down on a rack for 2 hours at 350F (for 15 pound bird) then flip it to right side up for the last 30 minutes. Could it get any easier?

Sweet potatoes -
Martha Stewart boils sweets with the skins on, and so do I. Buy fresh sweet potatoes, cut off strings, anything not perfect.

3 pounds sweet potatoes
1/2 cup nondairy margarine
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves (Oh my this was delicious)
salt and pepper to taste

Cut them to roughly equal sized chunks, boil 30 minutes, drain. Cool, remove skins (very easy now), add all the ingredients, mash, preferably in your stand mixer.Place in oven as long as you like, at least 20 minutes, or an hour? Whatever. Just before serving, throw on
mini marshmallows (if that's your thing).

Mashed Potatoes -
OK, the rap on nondairy mashed potatoes is they don't have much flavor. Here, cut up 5 cloves of garlic, and half a cup of nondairy margarine. Microwave them together. The garlic pervades the margarine. This is a good thing. The other rap on mashed potatoes is they get old and blah. So, wait to mash them until just before serving.

3 pounds gold potatoes
1/2 cup nondairy margarine
5 cloves garlic, minched
1/4 cup coconut milk or other similar
salt and pepper to taste

Peel (alas) cut into chunks and boil the potatoes in very salted water around 20 minutes or until done. Keep warm until just before serving. Melt the margarine with the garlic in it. Add the coconut milk, get it warm. 5 minutes before serving, mash the potatoes with the margarine/coconut milk/garlic. Add at least 1 teaspoon of salt.

Gravy -- rice flour works instead of regular flour, but be sure and cook it at least 5 minutes. I don't recommend potato starch or tapioca starch, makes a gummy mess.

Cranberries Sauce with Pineapple -
12 oz bag of cranberries
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of sugar (or to taste)
1 cup of crushed pineapple
1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped

Mix everything except walnuts in sauce pan. Boil until they're cooked and all the cranberries explode. Abut 15 minutes. Cool, add walnuts. This was pretty delicious, but if you like regular cranberry sauce or jelly, stick with what you like. It pretty much never has gluten or dairy.

Green beans - see elsewhere in this blog.
Dinner Rolls - These are OK.
Pecan and Apple pies - Joy of Cooking with gluten free crusts, which if they aren't in this blog, deserve their own post.