Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing

Gluten-free cornbread stuffing
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
305 Calories
14g Fat
38g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 305
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 616mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 174mg 13%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 230mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If on a gluten-free diet, a typical stuffing recipe is off-limits, as they contain wheat bread or cornbread that includes wheat flour. This gluten-free cornbread stovetop stuffing is a welcome, fast, and easy holiday recipe that is safe for those avoiding gluten.

To make gluten-free cornbread stuffing, you must start with gluten-free cornbread—which you can make with a recipe or mix, or buy already prepared—and add breadcrumbs from your favorite everyday gluten-free bread. (One option is gluten-free walnut rosemary bread, which adds a fragrant, savory flavor.) You also want to be sure the herbs are gluten free; brands such as Tone's, Durkee, and Spice Island are good options. Once you try this simple gluten-free stuffing, it may become a standard recipe on your holiday menu.


For the Crumbs:

  • 6 slices gluten-free bread

  • 2 cups gluten-free cornbread

For the Stuffing:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped celery, including leafy tops

  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onions, from about 8

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons gluten-free savory herb or poultry herb blend

  • 3/4 to 1 cup gluten-free chicken or turkey stock

Steps to Make It

Make the Crumbs

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.

  2. Tear bread and cornbread into small pieces or cut it into cubes.

  3. Spread the bread and cornbread out on a baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the heated oven for about 12 to 14 minutes, or until dry and lightly browned.

  5. Put the crumbs in a food storage bag and crush them with a rolling pin or process them in a food processor.

  6. Use the crumbs immediately or store the crumbs in a tightly covered container in the pantry for up to one week. Or, transfer them to a ziplock freezer bag and freeze for up to six months.

Make the Stuffing

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and add the olive oil.

  3. Add the celery, onions, and garlic and saute until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add the breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and dried herb blend.

  5. Pour the 3/4 cup poultry stock into the pan. Stir to blend. Adjust the seasonings and slowly add more stock if necessary.

  6. Heat through and serve. Refrigerate any leftover stuffing and use within four to six days.

Slow Cooker Variation

If you want to free up your stovetop, you can make the stuffing in a slow cooker. If you haven't yet made the dry crumbs, place the cubed bread and cornbread in the slow cooker on low overnight. This will dry the crumbs and you can crush them as desired. Wipe out any remaining crumbs and oil the crock to prevent sticking. Add all of the ingredients, cover, and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 3 1/2 to 4 hours until heated through. You can keep the stuffing on the warm setting until ready to serve.

Gluten-Free Cooking Precautions

If you are making the stuffing for a friend or relative who must eat gluten-free, you will need to take precautions. Make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten and have not been used to prepare any recipe that has gluten-containing ingredients. Always read product labels, even if you have used the ingredient before, as manufacturers can change product formulations without notice.