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Keto Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Low-Carb and Gluten-Free)

Patricia Reitz

 Keto Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) - ButterYum --

Keto Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free) - ButterYum --

Always on the lookout for low-carb recipes, I stumbled upon an interesting version for the ever popular Cheddar Bay Biscuits, a national restaurant chain favorite.  I made the recipe as written and I have to say, they were just kind of okay - not enough cheese, not enough garlic... basically, not enough flavor!  So I tweaked and tweaked until I came up with this version which is full of cheesy-garlicky flavor.  And check out these nutritional stats - each biscuit contains only 2 net carbs and 9 whole grams of protein.  Compare that to the traditional version which contains a whopping 16 carbs and only 3 grams of protein.  Is my version exactly like the original?  Obviously not (although my husband says he likes mine better!), but this healthier version is surprisingly bread-like.  If you're looking for a low-carb, keto, or gluten-free version to try, I think you'll be very pleased with this recipe. 

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The ingredients (clockwise from the top) - sour cream, an egg, almond flour (aka almond meal), sharp cheddar cheese, baking powder, salt, garlic powder (or granulated garlic), dried parsley, and melted butter.

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Start by whisking the almond flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, and parsley together.  The almond flour has a tendency to clump so use that whisk to break the clumps up.

That was easy.

Next toss the cheddar cheese into the almond flour mixture - this will keep all the bits of cheddar cheese separate when we add the wet ingredients. 

Here's a thought, I bet these would be good made with pepper jack cheese!  I'll have to give that a try.

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Switch to a spatula and stir in the sour cream, egg, and melted butter.  

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I don't know.... this is such a complicated recipe... JOKING!

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Divide the batter into 6 equal portions and place on a silpat lined half sheet pan, spaced evenly apart. 

If you've been waiting to buy a silpat, now's your chance - they're 50% off while supplies last!

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This recipe will make exactly 6 biscuits if you portion the batter with a #20 scoop (and it's a great size for dishing ice cream too!).  By the way, did you know the sweeper arm of most portion scoops will have a number which indicates the size of the scoop?  The #20 here means this scoop will measure 20 portions per quart.  Likewise, a #30 will portion 30 scoops per quart, and so on.  Who says food blogs aren't educational?

Back to the biscuits, bake in a preheated oven for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown all over.  The cheese will be as hot as lava so allow the biscuits to cool for a couple of minutes before serving. 

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Oh my... I wish you could smell my kitchen right now! 

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Enjoy these biscuits while they're warm and the cheese is all melty. 

I'm totally dying here - time to dig in! 

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Mmmmmmm...  I really, really, really, really, hope you'll give this recipe a try.  Happy baking! 

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Keto Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Low-Carb and Gluten-Free)

makes 6 biscuits

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almond flour (almond meal)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and place rack in center position.
  2. In medium mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, dried parsley, baking powder, garlic powder, and salt, being sure to break up any clumps.
  3. Add shredded cheese and toss well to coat.
  4. Add sour cream, egg, and melted butter, mixing well with a spatula until well combined.
  5. Use a #20 scoop to divide batter into 6 equal portions and place on silpat-lined half sheet pan.
  6. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown all over.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving - these are best served warm.

Note:  This recipe doubles well (and all 12 can be placed on the same sheet pan).  

Keto stats for each biscuit:  9 grams protein, 4 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber.

Homemade Cannoli

Patricia Reitz

 Homemade Cannoli - ButterYum --

Homemade Cannoli - ButterYum --

A big holiday weekend is just around the corner.... and when I think of big holidays, I think of big family gatherings.... and when I think of big family gatherings, I think of big platters of delicious cannoli!  If you live in a big city, you're likely able to get your hands on some pretty good cannoli, but I live in the burbs, were a good cannoli is practically unheard of, so I make my own.  And now you can make your own too - this is how it's done. 

Note:  plan ahead, the filling needs to be prepared about 24 hours before using.  The cannoli shells can be used immediately after cooking, but you can also make them several days ahead of time if you store them in an airtight container (or freeze for up to a month).

Start by mixing together a simple cannoli shell dough, similar to the way you'd make pie dough.  I like to make my dough in the food processor (if , check out my all-butter pie crust tutorial). 

The dough will look crumbly, but should hold together when compressed.  The least messy way to do this is to place the crumbles in a large zipper bag and press them into a disk shape.

Seal the bag and place the dough in the fridge.

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The dough should chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling.

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When it's time to roll the dough, remove it from the fridge and dust it with a little flour.

Now go down to the basement and dig out your pasta machin (am I right??).  Set the rollers at the widest setting.  For my machine, the widest setting starts at #1, but some machines that would actually be the thinnest setting.  You'll be able to figure out the widest setting on your machine pretty easily.

No pasta machine?  No problem - you can use a rolling pin, but I have to tell you, using a pasta machine is so much more fun! 

Ok, now that your pasta machine's rollers are set for the widest setting, pass the flour-dusted cannoli dough through the rollers.  If you have any kids around, I bet they'd enjoy cranking the handle.

Adjust the rollers of the pasta machine one level thinner.  Dust the now elongated piece of dough with a little more flour and pass it through the machine again.

Continue dusting, adjusting, and rolling, one level at a time, until the dough is very thin like (1-16th) - level #5 on my machine (the thinner you roll the dough, the more bubbles will appear on the shells when you fry them).

Continue dusting, rolling, adjusting... dusting, rolling, adjusting....

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When you've reached the 5th level, stop rolling and grab a 4-inch round cutter..  Dust the cutter in flour and start cutting the cannoli shells.

The round cutouts aren't quite ready to use yet...

One more quick pass through the pasta machine, this time on the 6th level.  This will turn the round cutouts into ovals - you'll see why in a moment.

Alrighty, time to wrap the dough around the stainless cannoli forms.

Add a dab of water just where the two ends overlap.  Be careful not to get water on the cannoli form because it will cause the dough to stick and the shell will break when you try to remove it.

Press the overlapping edges together well to make sure they're sealed.  If you don't, they can pop open and fall off the form during frying.

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If you like, you can flare the ends a little.  Honestly, it looks nice, but I don't usually bother.

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Continue rolling the shells while you heat several inches of peanut oil in a deep pan.  

Heat the oil to 360F.  A good candy/oil thermometer is vital (I have this one).

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You should also have ready a pair of tongs to remove the shells from the hot oil, and a paper towel lined sheet pan to place them on.  

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CAREFULLY place the dough-wrapped cannoli forms in the oil and cook until brown and bubbly, being careful not to crowd the pan.  Watch the oil temp - it shouldn't fall below 350F. 

The shells will deepen in color a bit after being removed from the oil so it's not a bad idea to make a few practice ones first.

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Carefully remove the extremely hot cannoli forms from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined sheet pan to cool for a few minutes (watch for hot oil inside the forms).  Carefully slide the shells off the forms (if the shells are too hot, hold them with a clean kitchen towel).   Allow the forms to cool completely before wrapping with more dough.  Continue until all the shells are done.

Remember what I told about not pressing the seams closed well enough?  Oops!  No biggie, cook's treat ;).  

Let me point out a few differences between the two shells above.  The non-flared one on the left started with a thinner disk of dough (resulting in tiny surface bubbles), but you can see by the color that it was left in the hot oil just a little too long.  The flared one on the right started with slightly thicker dough (larger surface bubbles), but it spent the right amount of time in the hot oil.

The shells should be allowed to cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to a week (or freeze for up to a month).  

IMPORTANT:  Don't fill the cannoli shells until just before serving.

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To make the filling, drain ricotta cheese in a cloth lined strainer overnight in the fridge.  Cover with plastic to keep the cheese from absorbing any refrigerator odors. 

Once all the excess whey has drained from the ricotta, add the softened mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, confectioner's sugar, pure vanilla extract (use the best), and ground cinnamon.  Mix them well and chill for 8-12 hours for best flavor.

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When you're ready to fill the shells (shortly before serving), put the filling in a large pastry bag (I like these) or large, heavy-duty zipper bag and cut a 1/2-inch hole at the tip.  Squeeze the filling into each end of the cannoli shells, then dip in chopped pistachios or mini chocolate chips (or both!).  Place the cannoli on a platter and dust with confectioner's sugar (this nifty tool is fun).  

Items used to make this recipe:


Homemade Cannoli

makes about 24 cannoli (leftover cannoli dough can be frozen for use later)

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

Cannoli Shells:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup dry white or rose wine

Cannoli Filling:

  • 2 cups very well drained ricotta cheese (see notes below)
  • 6 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • mini chocolate chips and chopped pistachios for garnish

Directions

To make the cannoli dough:

  1. In the bowl of a small food processor, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the butter, egg yolk, and wine, pulsing until the mixture looks uniformly crumbled.
  3. Place crumbles in zipper bag and press into a disk shape.
  4. Seal bag well and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling.

To make the cannoli shells:

  1. Roll dough very thin (about 1/16th-inch) using pasta machine, dusting with flour as needed to prevent sticking.  
  2. Cut 4-inch circles using a round biscuit of cookie cutter and pass each round through the pasta machine one more time to turn the round into an oval.
  3. Wrap oval dough around stainless cannoli forms; moisted overlapping edges with a little water and press well to seal (keeping water off cannoli form.
  4. Fry shells in 360F oil until bubbly and golden; remove from heat, drain, and remove from forms when cool enough to do so.  Cool completely before filling.  Leftover shells can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week (or frozen for up to a month).

To make the filling:

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle or BeaterBlade attachment, place drained ricotta, mascarpone, cream, confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon; beat on medium speed until smooth.  
  2. Place mixture in a pastry bag or sturdy zip top bag; refrigerate until ready to use.  Don't fill shells until serving.

Notes:

  • To drain ricotta, place in a sieve lined with cheesecloth (or coffee filter, linen tea towel, etc) and suspend over a bowl; cover well with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.  
  • Prepared filling should chill 8-12 hours for best flavor.
  • For best results, fill shells just before serving.

Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs (Keto and Gluten-Free)

Patricia Reitz

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So what's a girl to do when she wants to make traditional meatballs (check out my recipe here), but her husband wants to eat as few carbs as possible?  Substitute ground almonds for the Italian breadcrumbs that are usually called for in the recipe.  Of course ground almonds don't have the same flavor as Italian breadcrumbs so I've upped the herbs and spices too.  These meatballs can be baked or fried, you decide.

I like to start by mixing all the extra stuff together before adding the meat.  I think the ingredients are distributed more evenly that way.  Here you see water (yes water), eggs, ground parmesan cheese, almond meal (almond flour), dried parsley, garlic powder, oregano, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Place all the ingredients listed above in a bowl and mix well.

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You can combine the mixture easily by hand, but I pretty much use my stand mixer every time I have the chance.  

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Now add the ground turkey and mix again.

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See how evenly mixed together everything looks?

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I like to use a #50 scoop to portion out my meatballs - each are a little bitter than 1 tablespoon.  That my favorite meatball size, but do whatever you like.  These meatballs can be baked (I'd bake this size at 400F for 10-15 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F), but today I felt like going old school so I fried them in about 1/2-inch of olive oil.  

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Turn as needed until they're cooked through and brown all over.

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Once you have a mountain of meatballs, freeze for later or add them to your favorite tomato sauce (try one of my most popular recipes, San Marzano Tomato Sauce).  Enjoy!


Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs (Keto, Gluten-Free)

makes 60 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup ground parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • olive oil for frying

Directions

  1.  In the bowl of a stand mixer (or by hand), combine the eggs, almond meal, parmesan, water, parsley, salt, garlic powder, pepper, crushed red pepper, and oregano until well mixed; add ground turkey and mix until evenly combined.
  2. Roll turkey mixture into 60 meatballs - I like to do this with a #50 portion scoop (like this one).
  3. Heat about 1/2-inch of olive oil in a skillet and fry meatballs, in batches, until golden brown all over and cooked through, turning as needed.

Meatballs can also be baked in a 400F oven for 10-15 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F.

Nutritional stats for 3 meatballs 120 calories, 6g fat, 0,5g carbs, 16g protein.