This Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing Recipe with Mushrooms is a family favorite. And the addition of mushrooms and pecans brings it to another level. My mom used to start cooking her Thanksgiving stuffing at least a week before the holiday. The aromas of caramelized onions and fresh herbs would drift through our house for days. The whole week, I could always smell Thanksgiving as I’d walk down our block on my way home from school.
The cooking, tasting, and adjusting didn’t end until after the Thanksgiving feast.
My mom would add something to her Thanksgiving stuffing daily for the whole week! After each new ingredient, we would all taste and say how delicious it was. Those positive reviews, however, did not stop my mom from making subtle changes until the very last moment. And somehow it just got better and better.
Time marches on, though, and now I am the main cook for the family’s Thanksgiving feast. And I make my own stuffing (and admittedly, I don’t spend a full week on my version.) I do insist, though, that my mom still bring her time-honored, much-loved stuffing to the celebration, too!
I originally created this Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing Recipe for my son with Celiac Disease, who must eat gluten-free. It has turned into a family favorite, and even my mom loves it!
And each time I begin this recipe, when I sauté the onions and add the fresh herbs, the oh-so-amazing aroma brings me right back to every other Thanksgiving.
You will wow all of your guests with this! No one, gluten-free or otherwise, will be feel that anything is missing here, that I can promise you!
Timeline for Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread Stuffing Recipe:
Up to 3, and at least 1 day ahead of time: Make the cornbread.
Up to 2 days and at least 40 minutes ahead of time: Make the mushroom sauté and toast the cornbread.
If you make the cornbread a week ahead, wrap it tightly in at least a couple of layers of plastic wrap. Keep it in the freezer until the night before you make the stuffing.
You can also make the entire dish, including mixing the toasted cornbread with the mushroom sauté, the day before.
This gluten-free stuffing is a family favorite. And the addition of mushrooms and pecans brings it to another level.
*Please note that the prep time does not include the time it takes to make the cornbread. The recipe for the cornbread is here, and it takes about 1 hour and can be make a day or so ahead of time. (See notes.)
- 8 cups Skillet Jalapeño-Bacon Cornbread (click here for the recipe) -see notes!
- olive oil for the pan
- 2 cups yellow onion, medium dice
- 1 1/2 cups celery, finely chopped
- 3 cups (about 10-ounces) Crimini mushrooms, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup dry sherry
- 1 1/4 cups toasted pecans, roughly chopped
- about 1 cup turkey, chicken or vegetable stock
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut the cornbread into bite-sized pieces. Place cornbread them on baking sheet and toast until they are dry and beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven and set aside to cool to room temperature.
While the cornbread is toasting, coat a large sauté pan with olive oil and place it over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it's soft, about 7 minutes. Then add the celery and cook for another couple of minutes. Stir in the mushrooms and a bit more olive oil if necessary. Sauté the mushrooms until they are nicely browned, about 10 minutes. Turn the heat to low and deglaze the pan with the sherry, scraping any bits of onion, celery, and mushroom off the bottom of the pan and back into the mixture. Add the herbs and cook on medium heat until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add the toasted cornbread and the mushroom mixture in a large mixing bowl. Gently mix to combine. Add the desired amount of stock to the stuffing. (If it's too wet, it will become mushy. Be careful and add a little bit at a time.) Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Before serving, heat stuffing in covered dish just until it's heated through, about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. For added crispness to the top, uncover the dish for the last 5 minutes or so.
Please use any cornbread you'd like! I love using the Skillet Jalapeño-Bacon Cornbread because of all the added flavors it offers, but Thanksgiving is a holiday packed with lots of cooking, so do what's easiest for you!