Cranberry Pumpkin Stuffing {Gluten Free}

Thanksgiving is only a week and two days away, crazy!  To celebrate this delicious holiday, how about enjoying a “kinda” healthy stuffing.  “Kinda,” because nothing should be completely healthy on a holiday!

This week is exciting for me, I am so happy to be a part of the FoodNetwork virtual Thanksgiving celebration.  At “The Communal Table” I decided to bring a side dish, because that is my favorite dish at Thanksgiving.

This dish brings together sweet and savory flavors.  When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, one thing that will come to mind is pumpkin.  Pumpkin should be included somewhere in the dinner,  whether it is pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, or even stuffing with pumpkin.

For cranberries, Thanksgiving is the start to a month long celebration in every dish.  Cranberry can really be included in just about anything, well maybe not sweet potato casserole….or could it?

I decided to combine each flavor into one dish, but also sharing a gluten-free option.  At Cafe Terra, I want you to know that every dish is made with everyone in mind.  If I make it with gluten, usually there is an easy way to make it gluten-free.  Since I have been learning all I can about substitutions in dishes, each dish can easy become a vegan dish.

Cranberry Pumpkin Stuffing {Gluten Free}
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A gluten free side dish that can be enjoyed all year long!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 10
  • 1 small pumpkin, peel and dice into cubes
  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 2¼ cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
  • ½ small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 stalk of fresh rosemary, chopped (about 1½ Tbsps) + 2 tsp for bread
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme + 2 tsp for bread
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • ½ cup organic pure cane sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 package Udi's Gluten Free white sandwich bread, cubed
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 Tbsps salted butter (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, Grease casserole dish with butter.
  2. Peel and dice small pumpkin, will give you about 2-3 cups. Bake pumpkin for about 20-30 minutes, until soft.
  3. In sauce pan, cook cranberries and ¾ cup vegetable stock over medium heat. Once cranberries start to pop, use potato masher and mash the cranberries in pan. Turn burner to medium low heat, add onion, garlic, celery, 1½ Tbsps rosemary, 1 Tbsp thyme and ¼ cup vegetable stock, let cook until softened. Turn burner to low heat, add sugar, salt, and pepper. Cranberry mixture should be cooked down, and look like a jam or chutney.
  4. Dice bread into small cubes, place on sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, and 2 tsp rosemary, 2 tsp thyme, salt and pepper. Bake bread for about 10 minutes, or until toasted.
  5. Assemble like lasagna, then cranberry mixture will not completely turn everything red. Lay down a layer of bread, then cranberry, then pumpkin, add a small amount of parmesan, continue layering. Leave some amount of bread to place on top, and then add some parmesan on top.
  6. In small sauce pan, heat up 1 cup of vegetable stock, and butter on medium heat. Pour over prepared stuffing.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes uncovered. Half way through cooking process, pour ¼ of vegetable stock on stuffing.
  8. Enjoy!
You can use any bread for this dish, or at a bread bakery use their stuffing bread. To make the dish vegan, use a rice cheese or soy cheese instead of parmesan.

Thank you to the FoodNetwork and The Cooking Channel for putting together such a lovely fest! Here are some fun recipe ideas you can enjoy at your dinner table! #Pullupachair and join the fun at the the Communal Table.

Cocktails, Appetizers, Soups and Salads:
Sweet Life Bake: Pumpkin Margarita
Easy Peasy Organic: Thanksgiving Ginger Cocktail
Dishin and Dishes: Butternut Squash Bruschetta With Sage Pesto
Mooshu Jenne: Green Salad
Two Peas and Their Pod: Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Salad
Jones is Hungry: Roasted Vegetable Salad
Purple Cook: Pasta and Bean Stew With Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe
From My Corner of Saratoga: Curried Pumpkin Soup

CIA Dropout: Turkey and Stuffles Roulades With Squash Mash
FN Dish: Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey
My Angel’s Allergies: Cranberry-Glazed Cornish Hens

Cafe Terra Blog: Cranberry Pumpkin Stuffing
Virtually Homemade: Twice-Baked Cheddar and Chive Potatoes
Easy Eats Magazine: Sausage and Dried Cranberry-Walnut Stuffing
The Sensitive Epicure: Oyster Dressing and Gravy
Daily*Dishin: Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Supreme
What’s Gaby Cooking: Rustic Herb Skillet Stuffing
Family Fresh Cooking: Coconut Brown-Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Silvana’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Mushroom-Rye Stuffing
The Cultural Dish: Cranberry Sauce

I Am Baker: Pumpkin Cake
Heather Christo: Pumpkin Vanilla Ice Cream Pie
And Love It Too: Pumpkin Custard (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Haute Apple Pie Girls: Double Pumpkin Mini Pies With Candied Pecans
Ladles and Jelly Spoons: Not Your Same Old Pumpkin Pie
Daydreamer Desserts: Cuban Diplomatic Pudding
Thursday Night Dinner: Red Wine Chocolate Cake
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Caramel Apple Pie

What is your favorite dish at Thanksgiving?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra


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  • onlinepastrychef

    That sounds wonderful! I think I would go ahead and make it w/gluten-y bread, but I love that you provide the gf option for people. I think cranberry&pumpkin in stuffing is genius!! And now I kinda want to make it with corn bread. See what you’ve done?! 😉

  • Marla Meridith

    Fun to be in this Thanksgiving feast with you! Your recipe looks amazing. Please update the link to my mashed sweet potatoes recipe, it is incorrect:

  • Juniakk

    yay for gf stuffing!! love the addition of cranberries. i actually haven’t had a good stuffing ever. always try a new recipe and it’s the one item that people are just not crazy for in my family. i will def be bookmarking this and trying it out!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen

    Oh my Terra, this stuffing has my fave flavors…cranberry and pumpkin! I love how it’s GF & nearly carb-free! Thanks for the recipe idea. Hugs!

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry

    I’ve never heard of a stuffing like this before. So intriguing! Pumpkin and cranberry? Hmm…

  • Rashda Khan

    Nice! Pumpkin & cranberries are two of my favorite fall foods :)

  • Liz

    Oh, my, what a multitude of fabulous Thanksgiving recipes! Your stuffing looks amazing…the pumpkin and cranberries have transformed the typical bland looking dish into a gorgeous one! YUM.

  • Yummychunklet

    What a great GF dish! And stuffing, no doubt. Great post!

  • Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Mmmm, what a yummy take on stuffing! I love the addition of cranberries. 

  • Rico Sin Azúcar

    Amazing sweet-salty combination! I love pumpkin, parmesan cheese, cranberries…. must be delicious!
    Thanks for your visit!!!!

  • vianney

    This was one of the first recipes i boomarked!! I love the flavors, thank youf or sharing!!

    Ps, sorry about the crossed out link, I had so many problems adding the list from the email. I’m grabbing this link to change it out. Take care

  • Reem | Simply Reem

    This really looks absolutely delicious…
    Perfect Stuffing!!!

  • EA Stewart

    Love it Terra!!!  Stuffing is one of my all time favorite Thanksgiving dishes, along with pumpkin pie, and of course, turkey.  Love that it’s “kinda healthy” too :-) xoxoxo

  • Salomé

    It looks gorgeous and healthy, I like it! Besos

  • foodwanderings

    Ooh now I get what you meant by going GF.:) I could use this fantastic recipe for this coming Thanksgiving as you are well aware I am going GF for that entire weekend!! :) Looking good!

  • napafarmhouse1885

    looks and sounds delicious!  loved sitting at the communal table with you,
    napa farmhouse 1885

  • Karen

    Even though I hate pumpkin I still enjoyed a visit to your site!  It is so cool you give us a list of what others are cooking.  I chased some of them down and got some new recipes and friends to follow.  By the way loving your twitter bird with coffee!

  • Bestfoodies

    Hi again…my comment went in as Karen not Bestfoodies wasn’t sure you knew to connect the two…loving the site….

    • Terra

      Thank you Karen for the sweet words on my site! It is a work in progress, but having fun with the changes so far:-) Happy Thanksgiving my friend! Hugs, Terra

  • Yuri

    Love the color added by the cranberries :) 

  • The Daily Palette

    Thank you for sharing this gluten-free stuffing ;-).  

    Happy Thanksgiving, Terra!

  • The Daily Palette

    Thank you for sharing this gluten-free stuffing ;-).  

    Happy Thanksgiving, Terra!

    • Terra

      Thank you Annapet! I loved the sweet and savory in this dish, was really fun:-) Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Hugs!