Fluffy and flavorful gluten-free challah bread and apple stuffing!
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Gluten-Free Challah Bread & Apple Stuffing

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If you’re looking for a delicious and unique stuffing to serve up this Thanksgiving, try out this gluten-free recipe! The fluffy challah bread and crisp apples yields the BEST stuffing.

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Let’s Talk About Stuffing

Like many Thanksgiving side dishes, stuffing isn’t inherently gluten-free. Whether it’s store-bought stuffing with hard croutons, or homemade stuffing with sourdough bread, it’s hard to find a good gluten-free stuffing. Often times, I end up making a kid-size version of stuffing just for me to enjoy. But that’s about to change!

Everyone is going to want some of this gluten-free stuffing! This recipe uses homemade gluten-free challah bread as the bread base. Combined with sweet apples and onions, and the flavors are out of this world.

This easy stuffing recipe is just what you need this Thanksgiving!
This easy stuffing recipe is just what you need this Thanksgiving!

First Thing’s First, The Challah Bread

This recipe is two parts. What I mean by that is that in order to make the stuffing, you need to make the challah bread first.

Luckily, I have a gluten-free challah bread recipe just for you! Not only does it yield two loaves- enjoy one loaf and use the other for the stuffing- but there’s no rise time so it’s easy to make! Check out the full recipe HERE.

One tip with this challah bread stuffing, usually stuffing’s utilize stale bread. Fresh bread that is fluffy makes for great stuffing as well, but stale bread is able to absorb more flavor. So, if you use this challah bread recipe, just don’t make the stuffing the very next day. Let the bread sit for a day or two. This will yield perfect stuffing!

What's not to love about this gluten-free stuffing?
What’s not to love about this gluten-free stuffing?

Now, It’s Time for the Stuffing!

Are you ready to make the stuffing?

Start by cutting one loaf of challah bread into cubes. The cubes don’t have to be perfect! Then, add half a cup of unsalted butter to a large saucepan. Turn the heat to medium, then once the butter has melted add one diced white onion. Sweat the onion for about five minutes over medium heat until translucent. Next, add two cups of diced celery and two cups of peeled, diced apples.

For the apples, I like to use Granny Smith apples. Not only are they the perfect baking apple, but their sweetness compliments the onions and celery perfectly here! Just make sure to peel the apples skin completely before adding them to the saucepan.

After cooking the vegetables and apples down for 7-10 minutes on medium-low heat, add four sprigs of thyme, three sprigs of rosemary, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook this down for another five minutes.

Let’s Bake This Stuffing!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a casserole dish or Dutch oven. In a large bowl, add the cubed challah bread and the veggie/ apple mixture. Pour one and a half cups of vegetable broth over the mixture, then use a spatula to pour into the prepared baking dish.

Bake the challah bread stuffing at 375 for 30 minutes, covered. Then, remove the cover and broil on high for 5 minutes until golden brown. Allow the stuffing to cool for 15 minutes before serving. Then, enjoy!

Gluten-Free Challah Bread & Apple Stuffing

Recipe by Arianna Negri Course: RecipesDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

Servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

35

minutes

This gluten-free stuffing is just what you need this Thanksgiving!

Ingredients

  • For the Challah Bread
  • Full recipe here

  • For the Stuffing
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 white onion, diced

  • 2 cups of celery, diced

  • 2 cups of Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced

  • 4 sprigs of thyme

  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth

Directions

  • Cut 1 challah bread loaf into cubes
  • Add half a cup of unsalted butter to a large saucepan
  • Melt the butter over medium heat, then add one diced white onion
  • Sweat the onion for 5 minutes until translucent
  • Then, add the celery and apples
  • Add the seasonings and cook over medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes until softened
  • Remove from heat and preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  • Grease a casserole dish or Dutch oven
  • In a large bowl, combine the cubed challah bread and the vegetable/ apple mixture
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of vegetable broth, then use a spatula to pour the stuffing into the prepared baking dish
  • Cover and cook for 30 minutes
  • Uncover and broil on high for five minutes until golden brown
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then enjoy!

Notes

  • If you make the challah bread from scratch, wait 2-3 days before making the stuffing so that the bread is slightly stale and will absorb more flavor

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