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Gluten Free Thanksgiving: Turkey & Orange Cranberry Sauce

Citrus-Herb Turkey Breast & Orange-Cranberry Sauce

Citrus-Herb Turkey Breast & Orange-Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving 2013 is just around the corner, do you have your gluten-free menu set? One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is cranberry sauce, in part because I only make it on Thanksgiving. I've been making my own cranberry sauce for years and to be honest I'm usually one of the only people to eat it…. but it stores well and I love serving it on a cheese platter (like a chutney) later that week. And it's so easy to make! You can add spices like cinnamon & cloves, but my favorite version uses fresh orange zest and orange juice.  Here's the recipe:

Orange Cranberry Sauce


  • 10 oz cranberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
  • 1 T orange zest (from ~2 oranges)
  • 1 cup orange juice (I use fresh-squeezed, but from a carton works too)
  • 1/4 cup honey


  • Place all ingredients in small pot place on high heat, bringing to a boil, lower to low heat, cooking for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer to bowl and place in refrigerator to cool.

When I'm hosting a smaller Thanksgiving I will sometimes buy a turkey breast instead of a whole bird (even though I prefer the dark meat). Using only a breast frees up a lot of oven space!  Here's my favorite method for prepping a turkey breast:

Rosemary-Citrus Turkey Breast


  • 1 bunch rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups chicken broth*
  • ~4 lb bone-in turkey breast


  • Zest oranges & lemons and then juice.
  • In large storage container, stir together citrus zest and juice, chopped rosemary and garlic, 4 cups chicken broth, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 cup water, and 2 Tbsp salt.
  • Add turkey breast to marinate.
  • Marinate turkey for 24 hours (or a minimum of 1 hour up to 48 hours)
  • Pre-heat oven to 450 F.
  • Remove turkey from marinade and place in baking pan. Put in oven at 450 for 5 minutes.
  • Lower temperature to 400 F and continue to roast for ~1-1.5 hours or until internal temperature of 165F.


*Note: If using store bought broth, read all ingredients and avoid added sugars and other unnecessary fillers.

Both of these recipes can easily be made the day before, keeping you stress-free on Thanksgiving Day.  UPDATE: We have an entire Thanksgiving Menu with dishes that can all be prepped ahead of time. Subscribe to Prep Dish Fall of 2014 and receive a this plan FREE.  I love making my dishes ahead of time so I can really enjoy time spent with my guests on Thanksgiving Day. In addition to the turkey & cranberry sauce recipes, above, the holiday plan contains the following recipes and instructions on how far in advance they can be prepped and a grocery list:

Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing w/ Pumpkin Seeds

Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower

Green Beans w/ Hazelnuts

Gluten Free Rosemary Sea Salt Biscuits

Apple & Walnut Salad w/ Pomegranate Dressing

Pomegranate Spritzer

Spiced Maple-Rosemary Roasted Pecans

Sweet Potato Pie w/ Pecan Crust (this is one of my favorites!)

Coconut Chocolate Truffles

Pear Spice Muffins

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