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Keto Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

Patricia Reitz

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Bangers and Mash is a British meal traditionally made with mashed potatoes, but today I’ve opted to switch out the potatoes for mashed loaded cauliflower in order to make the meal more keto-friendly. Don’t get me wrong, potatoes are my all-time favorite vegetable, but for 1/5 the carb load, I don’t mind subbing cauliflower now and then. With yummy additions like cheese and bacon, I promise you won’t miss the spuds.

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Keto Bangers and Mash with Onion Gravy

makes 6 servings

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

FOR THE BANGERS:

  • Irish-style bangers

  • olive oil

FOR THE ONION GRAVY:

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons water

FOR THE MASHED CAULIFLOWER:

  • 1 pound cauliflower florets, steamed

  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • garnish: sliced scallions or chopped chives

Directions

TO MAKE THE BANGERS:

  1. Drizzle olive oil in a heavy-bottom skillet and brown bangers on each side; remove from pan and make onions in the same skillet, without cleaning the skillet.

TO MAKE THE ONION GRAVY:

  1. In the same skillet used to cook bangers, melt the butter and saute the onions until they are caramelized, stirring frequently.

  2. Add water to deglaze pan and return bangers; simmer until bangers are heated through.

TO MAKE THE MASHED CAULIFLOWER:

  1. Mash together the hot steamed cauliflower, cheddar cheese, butter, sour cream, and crumbled bacon; taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

  2. Garnish with sliced scallions or chopped chives if desired.

Nutritional stats for one serving of mashed cauliflower (recipe serves 6):

  • calories 199

  • protein 8g

  • fat 17g

  • total carbs 5g

  • fiber 2g

  • net carbs 3g

Prince William's Favorite Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Patricia Reitz

I had been waiting for an opportunity to make The Royal Touch Chocolate Biscuit Cake by Darren McGrady (chef to Queen Elizabeth) since I first heard about it around the time of William and Katherine's wedding.  Father's Day was just such an opportunity - my husband loves all things chocolate, and we had all the kids home for dinner so I knew I wouldn't have a lot of leftover cake through the week. 

Most of you probably know by now that this is the cake Prince William requested as his Groom's Cake.  It's apparently a favorite of Queen Elizabeth's as well - Grady reports she ordered it every time Prince William would join her for tea. 

Although this is a no-bake cake, you'll need to prepare it at least 4 or 5 hours ahead of time.  It stores nicely in the refrigerator for several days once made (sits well covered at room temperature for several days too).  Chef McGrady suggests serving it chilled, but my family enjoyed it best at room temperature.  Either way, it's incredibly rich so serve very thin slices with plenty of coffee, tea, or milk.

Coincidentally, I just learned that today is Prince William's birthday. I wonder if he’ll be enjoying this cake?

Prince William's Chocolate Biscuit Cake

makes one 6-inch cake (I used an 8x4 silicone loaf pan) or 8-12 servings

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • Softened butter for greasing pan

  • 8 ounces McVities tea biscuits, broken into pieces (or digestive biscuits - click here for a recipe to make your own)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup superfine granulated sugar (caster sugar)

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (for icing)

  • Cinnamon for dusting

Directions

  1. Lightly grease a 6" spring form pan; set aside.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until mixture has lightened in color.

  3. Melt 4 ounces chocolate in a double boiler.

  4. Add butter and sugar mixture to the chocolate whisking constantly.

  5. Add the egg and continue to whisk.

  6. Fold in biscuit pieces until they are completely coated with the chocolate mixture.

  7. Spoon the chocolate coated biscuits into the prepared pan.

  8. Press firmly with the back of a spoon to fill in any gaps (tap the pan on the counter to help settle the biscuit pieces) - the bottom of the cake will be the top when turned out. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for 3 hours.

  9. Unmold cake and rest, bottom side up, on a wire rack.

  10. Melt remaining 8 ounces of chocolate and pour over the cake.

  11. Spread smooth with an off-set spatula.

  12. Allow chocolate coated cake to sit at room temperature until chocolate is set.

  13. When set, run a spatula under the cake to remove from wire rack (chocolate makes it stick a little).

  14. Transfer to a fancy serving platter; slice and serve.

Notes:  

  • My 6-inch spring form pan seems to be missing in action, so I used an 8x4 silicone loaf pan which worked perfectly (and I think neat slices offer a more elegant presentation). An added bonus - chilled chocolate doesn't stick to silicone at all.

  • One 8x4 cake will serve 16 1/2-inch slices.

  • McVities (aka digestive biscuits) are a sandy textured wheat cookie from the UK. I found them here in the US in the international aisle at Wegman's. Graham crackers, arrowroot cookies, or chocolate wafers would all be nice substitutions. Or you can make your own - click here for the recipe.

  • You can make your own superfine sugar from white granulated sugar - just blitz it in your food processor.

Darren McGrady:  A chocolate biscuit cake is not a traditional cake in the fresh-from-the-oven sense. It's essentially a chilled chocolate-butter mousse speckled with crushed cookies, then glazed in chocolate. "I used to prepare it for both [Prince William and the Queen] when they had tea together," explains McGrady via his blog . "The Queen would request the cake in the menu book for Sunday tea when she knew her grandson would be joining her from Eton."

McGrady says when afternoon tea included the chocolate biscuit cake, the staff knew not to dare touch the leftovers (it keeps well for several days in the fridge). "Her Majesty loves this cake so much she takes a mental picture of how much she is sending back to the kitchens each day," continues McGrady. "I remember her on one occasion instructing her page to call the kitchen to ask who had been eating her cake."

adapted from Darren McGrady, Eating Royally