Gluten Free Bread Sauce

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I’ve never really had gluten free bread sauce before, so when a few people asked me for a recipe I thought it was the perfect time to try it.

And my-oh-my, this recipe has changed my Christmas Dinner game completely!

Creamy and subtly flavoured, gluten free bread sauce is perfect paired with white meat like turkey and chicken.

It’s actually really easy to make and is a great way to use up stale, leftover or holey gluten free bread.

Gluten free bread sauce recipe - Christmas dinner side dish

What is gluten free bread sauce?

Bread sauce is an absolute classic part of a traditional English Christmas Dinner.

I believe it actually dates back to Medieval times, where the bread was used to thicken the sauce.

I feel like bread is a really commonly wasted food in the UK, so this is a great way to avoid that.

If you’ve got any gluten free bread that has seen better days, then why not whip up this simple gluten free bread sauce with them?

It’s also a perfect way to use up those annoying holey slices you get in the middle of a gluten free loaf.

I don’t know why gluten free bread always has SO MANY HOLES in it but it annoys me when you can’t even use a slice because it falls apart.

There’s only so much gluten free fried chicken one person can make to use up these useless slices as bread crumbs, so this is another great recipe to have in the bank!

Gluten free bread sauce recipe - Christmas dinner side dish

What does bread sauce taste like?

If you’ve never had gluten free bread sauce before then I think you’re going to love it!

Imagine a really thick and creamy sauce, similar to a white sauce but with more body and texture.

It’s gently flavoured with onion and the fragrant spices of cloves and bay leaves.

Seasoned generously with lots of salt and pepper, and a dash of spice from nutmeg, it’s just delicious.

It’s perfect for slathering onto a Christmas dinner along with lashings of cranberry sauce.

The creaminess works well with white meat and all sorts of veg – and of course it muddles perfectly with the gravy too.

I also love it cold the next day – you could slap a layer in a Christmas leftovers sandwich or toastie!

gluten free bread sauce recipe

Can I make this bread sauce in advance?

Yes – you CAN make this gluten free bread sauce in advance – and you can freeze it too.

Once you’ve made your sauce, simply allow it to cool and then place it in a sealed container in the fridge.

You can make it 2-3 days in advance and then reheat once you’re ready to serve.

This will save you so much time and effort on Christmas Day with one less thing to do.

If you want to freeze it, simply place your container of cooled sauce into the freezer and defrost thoroughly before reheating.

You might find if you make this gluten free bread sauce ahead of time then it might thicken in the fridge.

Simply add a little splash of milk as you reheat to get it back to your desired consistency.

gluten free bread sauce recipe

What do I need to make gluten free bread sauce?

There’s a full recipe card down below, but for the shopping list you’ll need:

  • 570ml full fat milk
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 170g (approx 4 slices) white gluten free bread 
  • 30g salted butter
  • 50ml double cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

I always use full fat milk – semi-skimmed would work too but you want this recipe to be as creamy and delicious as possible.

For the bay leaves you can use fresh or dried, depending on what you have in your cupboard.

Any gluten free bread will do, but I’d certainly recommend using white bread for taste and texture.

It’s a great way to use up the holey slices or the crusty ends if you don’t like eating them.

gluten free bread sauce recipe

My gluten free bread sauce recipe

This gluten free bread sauce recipe can be whipped up in half and hour and makes enough for 8-10 people.

It’s great for a big Christmas Dinner and don’t forget you can make it in advance and freeze it too.

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Gluten free bread sauce recipe - Christmas dinner side dish

Gluten Free Bread Sauce

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This gluten free bread sauce is a Christmas classic and perfect served up with white meat. Make ahead of the big day - you can even freeze it in advance.

Ingredients

  • 570ml full fat milk
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 170g (approx 4 slices) white gluten free bread
  • 30g salted butter
  • 50ml double cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Pour the milk into a saucepan. Peel the onion and cut it into quarters. Add to the pan along with the cloves and bay leaves.
  2. Pop the pan onto a medium heat bring to the boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and then turn off the heat. Set the pan to one side to sit for 15-20 minutes so the milk can absorb the flavours.
  3. Meanwhile blitz the gluten free bread in a food processor until they form a fine breadcrumb.
  4. When the milk has cooled, strain it through a sieve into a saucepan and discard the onion/cloves/bay leaves.
  5. Add the breadcrumbs to the strained milk and stir in. Add the butter and place back on a low heat for around 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Once the butter has melted and the sauce is hot, stir in the double cream and season generously with salt and pepper. The breadcrumbs should absorb the liquid and swell to form a thick sauce - if it is too thick then you can add a little more milk to reach your desired consistency.
  6. Remove from the heat and serve with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg on top. For extra indulgence, add a little knob of butter on top of the hot sauce so that it melts into the top.

Notes

  • This sauce can be made several days ahead of time and kept in the fridge. If doing this, you may need to add a little extra milk when reheating as you may find the sauce will thicken in the fridge.
  • You can also make this ahead of time and freeze it. Defrost thoroughly and then reheat on the hob.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

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Need some more gluten free Christmas inspiration?

If you’re after some more gluten free Christmas classics then make sure you check out my Gluten Free Christmas ebook

From sticky toffee pudding and mince pies to bread sticks and cheese crackers, there’s something for everyone.

You can have a look at my Gluten Free Christmas ebook and purchase it here.

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Gluten free bread sauce recipe - Christmas dinner side dish

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