Holidays can be the hardest for people on a keto diet, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. I’m of the mind that almost any favorite holiday food can be made keto friendly. It just takes a little ingenuity.
And with summer holidays like 4th of July, I think it’s even easier. The focus is often on grilled foods and fresh sides, with maybe a little red, white, and blue thrown in for good measure. And as long as you stick to keto red white and blue options, like berries and cream, you’re fine.
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One of my favorite appetizers is Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs
6 hard boiled eggs
3 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
2 Tablespoons hot sauce (I use Frank's Red Hot) or less if you prefer, but add apple cider vinegar for a total of 2 Tablespoons of liquid, plus additional for garnish, if desired
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese plus additional for garnish, if desired
salt and pepper, to taste
fresh parsley or dill for garnish, if desired
Cut each hard boiled egg in half and place the yolks in a small bowl, and the whites on a serving plate.
Add the Greek yogurt, dry mustard, hot sauce (and vinegar, if using), and blue cheese, and mash together with a fork, stirring until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Fill the egg white halves with the yolk mixture. Garnish with additional hot sauce and blue cheese, and sprigs of parsley or dill, if desired.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Now, one of my favorite Burgers of all time that I'm making this 4th of July is my Brie and Carmelized Onion Stuffed Burger. It's absolutely mouth watering.
2 tbsp avocado or olive oil
1 large onion thinly sliced
1/2 tsp salt
2 lb ground beef (or 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb ground pork)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
4 oz Brie cheese cut into 1/2 inch pieces
Instructions Caramelized Onions
To caramelize the onions, heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium low heat. Once hot, add the onions and sprinkle with salt.
Cook slowly, stirring frequently, until they become tender and a deep amber, about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not let them get crispy. Reduce the heat if necessary to keep them from burning or crisping.
Combine the beef, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix by hand to combine well and divide into 6 even portions.
Take a little more than half of each portion and form into a thin patty. Top each thin patty with some of the brie and onions, then top with remaining half of each portion and form around cheese and onions, into one large patty. Seal the edges well.
Cook the burgers on pre-heated grill about 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium. Cook slightly less for medium-rare and slightly more for medium-well. (Note: The USDA says burgers should be cooked to 160F for food safety. This is well done. I prefer mine medium rare but I must give you the proper safety information!)
Serve with lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and pickles, if desired.
Notes You can also pan fry, oven bake or air fry these burgers.
Now let's move on to the side dish.
I'm making Bacon Tomato and Cucumber Salad
6 slices bacon, chopped
2 cups cherry tomato halves
2 medium cucumbers, chopped
3 to 4 tbsp mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium skillet, cook chopped bacon until crisp. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumbers, mayonnaise and garlic and toss well.
Just before serving, add the chopped bacon and season to taste with salt and pepper.
So, what's for desert ? well how does Strawberry Shortcake Whoopie Pies sound ?
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup Swerve, Granular
1/4 cup unflavored whey protein powder
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp Swerve, Confectioners
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cups chopped strawberries (chop them fairly small so the whoopie pies hold together)
Preheat the oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, Swerve, protein powder, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the eggs, butter, almond milk and vanilla extract until the dough comes together.
Using wet hands, roll the dough into 20 balls, each about 1 ½ inches in diameter. Place the balls a few inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press each ball down to about ½ inch thick.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until set and just firm to the touch but not really browned. Remove from the oven and let cool.
In a medium bowl, whip the cream with the Swerve Confectioners and vanilla extract until it holds stiff peaks.
Spread the bottom of one cookie with about 1 ½ to 2 tbsp of whipped cream and top with a layer of chopped strawberries. Top with another cookie.
Repeat with remaining cookies, whipped cream, and strawberries.
Serve right away. Refrigerate any leftovers (they can also be made a day ahead and refrigerated until served).
Makes 10 Whoopie Pies.
Now how about we wrap all this up with a delicious Keto friendly cocktail ?
I'm making a Strawberry Basic Bourbon Smash.
3 strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 basil leaves
1 teaspoon powdered erythritol or use Stevia or Monkfruit to taste.
2 ounces bourbon (I'm from Louisville, KY so ya'll better use Kentucky Bourbon lol)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
pinch of ground black pepper
Fill a large rocks glass with ice.
Combine the strawberries, basil, erythritol, and bourbon in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until the strawberries and basil are crushed and have released their juices.
Add the lemon juice and pepper, and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Cap and shake.
Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker over top of the ice in the rocks glass.
Garnish with a strawberry slice and a basil crown.
And there you have it folks. That's my 4th of July round up.
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