Last Updated on February 2, 2022
We’ve tried plenty of stuffing mixes from Aldi over the years. During the holiday months and in the leadup to Thanksgiving, the discount grocer store rolls out several varieties of stuffing, from traditional boxed stuffing mixes to bagged stuffing mixes, to Hawaiian stuffing and even sourdough stuffing mixes. One year we even spotted riced cauliflower stuffing. In our ongoing quest to sample all of the Aldi stuffing options, this year we picked up a couple of gluten free types to try.
liveGfree Gluten Free Stuffing Mix cost $2.99 for a 6-ounce box at the time of publication. It comes in either chicken- or turkey-flavored varieties. It costs more than a regular box of Aldi stuffing mix, which often runs about a dollar or so per box, but if you need a gluten free option it may be worth it.
This is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. (And Aldi won’t ship it to you after it sells out at your local store.) This showed up in our local stores a few weeks before Thanksgiving.
The primary ingredient for both flavors is gluten free bread cubes, which include rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, egg whites, nonfat milk powder, brown sugar, non GMO canola oil, eggs, potato flour, yeast, salt, and guar gum.
If you’re watching out for allergens, both flavors contain egg and milk.
These stuffing mixes contain six servings per box, and 1/2 cup of prepared stuffing has 180 calories, 10 grams of total fat (13% DV), 5 grams of saturated fat (25% DV), 25 mg of cholesterol (8% DV), 320-380 mg of sodium (14-17% DV), 21 grams of total carbohydrates (8% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (4% DV), 2 grams of added sugars (4% DV), and 2 grams of protein.
To prepare the stuffing, in a medium saucepan heat 1 1/4 cups of water and 1/4 cup (half a stick) of butter or margarine to a boil. Make sure the butter or margarine is completely melted. Remove from heat. Fold in the stuffing (do not overmix). Cover and let it stand for 10 minutes before serving.
This stuffing is easy and quick to make, like most boxed stuffing mixes. It has a 10-minute sitting time after you boil the water and butter and stir in the stuffing, which is a little longer than most other stuffing mixes. That just gave me extra time to get the table set, though.
Both stuffing flavors are nearly spot-on in terms of texture. They are a mixture of soft bready stuffing and a few slightly chewy, somewhat harder cubes of breading. My family thought this was fine, but it’s something to be aware of it you prefer your stuffing to have a uniform soft texture. I’m guessing that’s why the directions state to let it sit for 10 minutes before serving, so it has some time to soften. If it really bothers you, an easy fix would be to make this stuffing the day before and store it in the refrigerator, where it could soften for even longer. Then reheat it just before serving.
Most of my family thought the chicken and turkey stuffing flavors were pretty similar. I thought the turkey flavor tasted slightly saltier, but ironically it has the lower sodium count of the two flavors. I slightly prefer the chicken flavor, but they’re both good.
If my family didn’t know these were gluten free, they never would have guessed it. These are definitely worth getting if you need gluten free options for your holiday dinner table.
liveGfree Chicken or Turkey Gluten Free Stuffing Mix is a great choice if you’re cooking for people who eat a gluten free diet. Both stuffing flavors rival traditional boxed stuffing mixes in terms of taste and texture.