Gluten free Christmas

Waitrose chefs and nutritionists share tips, ideas and recipes for a gluten-free Christmas

Eating gluten free at Christmas doesn't have to be difficult or tasteless. This Christmas, Waitrose has gluten free mince pies, Christmas puddings and Christmas cakes, that are so delicious, you won't want to share them with Santa on Christmas Eve!

Nicola Selwood

Waitrose nutritionist, Nicola Selwood puts together a delicious gluten-free menu for Christmas

Butter-Roasted Turkey

Main course

'Every Christmas I receive requests from customers wanting a gluten free turkey to serve their guests. But turkeys don’t contain gluten I hear you say! And they don’t, but many are stuffed and it’s the stuffing that often contains breadcrumbs. If you or a guest, need to avoid gluten, then opt for an unstuffed turkey and try our delicious Pork, Chestnut, Roasted Onion & Thyme Sausage Meat Stuffing which, contains a gluten free breadcrumb.'

'Follow this link to our turkeys to order which are suitable for those avoiding gluten. Remember to refine this page and select 'avoiding gluten'.


'My favourite side dish, roast potatoes, often contain wheat flour in the coating so always check the ingredients if you are buying ready made ones. Any gluten containing ingredient will be highlighted in bold, along with other allergens, in the ingredients declaration on pack. Waitrose Goose Fat potatoes do not contain wheat flour so are suitable for those avoiding gluten.

Another popular side dish at Christmas are Pigs in Blankets and the sausages often contain gluten. Why not try making your own with our Love Life Gluten Free Pork Sausages and streaky bacon.

Yorkshire puddings need not be avoided this Christmas, just because you’re avoiding gluten. Try our Gluten Free Yorkshire Pudding mix, for beautifully risen, fluffy puddings.'

Crunchy roast potatoes
Mince pies

Dessert & drinks

'Haven’t got the time to make your own gluten free dessert?

Our great tasting Love Life gluten free range has a great Christmas selection, including gluten free Christmas pudding, gluten free Christmas cake and gluten free mince pies. Or for something a little different this Christmas, why not try these less traditional jelly or panna cotta desserts.'

'Did you know, most beers, lagers and ales contain gluten. Wine and spirits are naturally gluten free, but if you plan to serve beer or lager, then opt for a gluten free one like Celia Premium Czech Lager.'

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Gluten free Christmas tips from the Waitrose Cookery School

Eleni Tzirki

Eleni Tzirki, Head Chef Manager, King's Cross

'Don't miss out on crackers with cheese. Substitute the crackers with oatcakes. They would also make a great canape for New Years with goats cheese and a red
onion chutney.'

'Why not try a gluten free stuffing;

450g WR lovelife pork sausages, skin removed
1 Bramley apple, peeled cored and grated
1 pack Cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped
1 Small onion, diced

Preheat the oven to 200c. Mix all ingredients together, season well, then pack into an oven proof dish. Bake for 40 minutes.'

'For dessert, no need to stick to the traditional Christmas pudding, make a baked alaska with ice cream/sorbet and fresh fruit.'

Claire Lanza

Claire Lanza, Head Chef Manager, Salisbury

'If you have any leftover gluten free bread in the coming weeks, rather than throw it away, why not blitz up the bread now to make breadcrumbs and keep in the freezer ready to make bread sauce.'

'For something completely different, why not go Asian with your turkey leftovers and make a Vietnamese glass noodle salad.

1. Shred leftover turkey and add to rice noodles that have been soaked and drained, along with shredded raw crunchy vegetables (carrot, salad onions, cabbage, cucumber etc), chopped chillies & fresh root ginger. Dress with plenty of lime juice, fish sauce and a pinch of sugar if needed.

2. Top with fresh coriander and/or mint and chopped roasted peanuts. You could even pour hot stock from your turkey bones over this salad to turn it into a light and healthy soup. Perfect for clearing a hangover!'