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Keto Sausage Bites

Patricia Reitz

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These tasty sausage balls are a great grab-and-go snack for anyone, not just those watching their carb intake. They’re good served warm or at room temperature. Pile them high in a bowl and watch them disappear.

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Keto Sausage Bites

makes 48 bites (#50 scoop)

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound italian sausage, cooked and drained

  • 1/2 pound shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1/3 cup coconut flour

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F, place oven rack in center position, and line two half sheet pans with silicone liners.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the coconut flour, butter, sour cream, eggs, baking powder, and garlic salt.

  3. Using a silicone spatula, stir in the cooked sausage and shredded cheddar cheese until evenly distributed.

  4. Use a #50 scoop to portion out 24 sausage bites per half sheet pan, bake one pan at a time for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Macro Stats: 4 sausage bites contain 20g protein, 31g fat, and 2 net carbs.

Chewy Chewy Chewy Molasses Cookies

Patricia Reitz

Chewy, chewy, chewy, chewy, really yummy, and chewy is how I describe these fantastic molasses cookies. They’re my new cookie obsession! Yes, the intoxicating sweet and spicy aroma of these cookies will pull you in, but their delicious flavor and chewy texture will keep you coming back for more!

Feel free to pull out your stand mixer if you like, but this simple recipe can easily be mixed with a hand mixer.

Start by whisking together the flour, baking soda, ground ginger, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and fine salt in a medium mixing bowl.

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Set aside.

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In another mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, molasses, and egg.

This is where your mouth starts to water. Just sayin’!

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry.

Mix on medium speed until no traces of dry ingredients remain.

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Use a #50 scoop to portion the dough. You can place the dough directly on a silicone-lined sheet pan, or….

Roll the dough in the palm of your hands; then coat with granulated sugar.

Sometimes time is a factor and rolling the dough can eat up precious minutes in one’s schedule, but I have to say, the sugar-coated cookies look the most festive after baking.

Bake as directed and allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container to maintain chewiness.

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Chewy Chewy Chewy Molasses Cookies

makes 24 cookies (#50 scoop)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup neutral flavor vegetable oil

  • 1/4 cup molasses

  • 1 large egg

  • optional: 1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275F and place rack in center position.

  2. Line 2 half sheet pans with silicone liners; set aside until needed.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt; set aside.

  4. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, oil, molasses, and egg.

  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and use and hand mixer to combine on medium speed until no traces of dry ingredients remain.

  6. Use a #50 scoop to portion dough, 12 cookies per silicone-lined half sheet pan (optional, roll dough into balls and coat with granulated sugar before baking).

  7. Bake cookies, one tray at a time, in center of preheated oven for 18-20 minutes.

  8. Remove from oven and rest for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

  9. Store cookies in an airtight container.

Note: if the cookies lose their chewiness, place in an airtight container with a damp paper towel. The cookies will soften nicely within a few hours.

adapted from Shelby at The Queens Cabinet.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Salted Caramel Russian Buttercream

Patricia Reitz

During my last post I taught you how to make Russian Buttercream with a Mexican Twist (in the form of dulce de leche), and now I’m going to add a little French je ne sais quoi to the buttercream by giving it a salted caramel flavor profile, which pairs perfectly with Chocolate, or should I say Chocolat. Ooh-la-la!

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Start by making delicious chewy chocolate cookies, which are perfectly divine on their own, and sandwich two together with a layer of salted caramel Russian Buttercream in the middle. It’s a heavenly combination.

Seriously, try not to eat all the chocolate cookies before you turn them into sandwich cookies!

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You can serve these cookies at room temperature, but I think they’re even better slightly chilled (10-15 minutes in the fridge). Enjoy!


Chocolate Sandwich Cookies w/Salted Caramel Russian Buttercream

makes 12 sandwich cookies

Ingredients

Cookies:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • 6 tablespoons dutch processed cocoa, sifted (use really good quality)

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • extra granulated sugar to coat roll cookies in before baking (or use vanilla sugar)

Filling:

  • 1/4 pound (113g) unsalted butter at room temperature (70F)

  • 1/4 pound (113g) canned dulce de leche, chilled

  • fine table salt to taste

Directions

To make the cookies:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; set aside until needed.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater or BeaterBlade attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed for about 2 minutes until it lightens in color.

  3. Add egg and vanilla; continue to mix until no traces of egg remain.

  4. Turn mixer speed down to low; add cocoa mixture and combine until no traces of dry flour or cocoa remain, scraping bowl if needed.

  5. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour.

  6. Preheat oven to 350F, place rack in center of oven, and line 2 half sheet pans with silpat liners.

  7. Using a #50 scoop (about 1 tablespoon), roll level scoops of chilled cookie dough in the palm of your hand to form a ball; coat with granulated sugar and space evenly on sheet pan, 12 per pan.

  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes; remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the filling:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat room temperature butter using a hand mixer for 2-3 mites, until light in color and very fluffy.

  2. Add chilled dulce de leche and continue beating with a hand mixer for 1 minute.

  3. Taste the buttercream carefully and add just enough salt to achieve the level of salted caramel flavor you desire, beating well so the salt is evenly distributed.

Restaurant Style Salsa

Patricia Reitz

I’m not kidding when I say I could eat chips and salsa every day of my life, without complaint. No exaggeration - it’s one of my favorite things ever. I have a number of oven roasted salsa recipes on this blog, but when I need a salsa fix fast, I can throw a few simple canned ingredients together to to make this restaurant-style version. It goes without saying, use the best canned tomatoes you can - DO NOT use bitter tasting canned tomatoes. No amount of salt or sugar will fix the bitterness. Some canned tomato brands I’m fond of - Cento, SMT, Tuttorosso, Muir Glen, and Sclafani.

Restaurant Style Salsa

makes about 1 quart

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 28-ounce can tomatoes (whole, diced, crushed… doesn’t matter)

  • 10-ounce can Ro-tel tomatoes (tomatoes with chilis)

  • 1 small onion, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stem and seeds removed

  • juice of 1 lime

  • 1 teaspoon Jane’s crazy mixed up salt (or table salt)

  • optional: 1 cup fresh cilantro (leaves and tender stems)

Directions

  1. In a blender or food processor, pulse all ingredients together until they reach your desired consistency.

  2. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.

Grandma P's Zucchini Bread

Patricia Reitz

I've tried a lot of zucchini bread recipes over the years, but I always come back to this one.  It's a recipe my mother started making when I was in high school, and I have yet to find one I like better.  It's flavorful and moist, like most zucchini breads, but the top crust of this particular recipe is special - delicately sweet and slightly crunchy.  The recipe makes 2 loaves which is good because the first loaf usually disappears shortly after we start slicing it. 

When shopping for zucchini, I like to get ones that are small to medium in size.  You can definitely use large or even jumbo zucchini, but you may need to scrape out the seeds before grating.

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My tips for beautiful bread each and every time - use commercial pans (my favorite) to prevent burning and spray the pans with oil/flour baking spray to prevent sticking (I wouldn't think of baking without this stuff).  

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Super scrummy!  Full recipe at the the bottom of the page.  Looking for more zucchini bread recipes?  Here you go!

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Grandma P's Zucchini Bread

makes two 8.5x4.5 (1 pound) loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 cup canola oil

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 3 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspopn baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and place rack in center position.

  2. Spray two 8.5x4.5 loaf pans with Baker's Joy.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine zucchini, sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla.

  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  5. Add flour mixture to the zucchini mixture and stir until well combined.

  6. Pour batter evenly into loaf pans and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaves comes out clean.

  7. Remove loaves from oven and cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before unmolding; cool completely on rack before slicing.

  8. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and store at room temperature for up to 48 hours or wrap in several layers of plastic and freeze for up to a month.

Keto Quesadillas

Patricia Reitz

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a day celebrating the country's historic victory over France in the 1862 battle of Puebla.  Here in the US, we love to celebrate the day by enjoying Mexican and/0r Mexican-inspired foods.  Today I'm going to share one of our favorite snacks, quesadillas, only these quesadillas are low carb so they're keto-friendly.  If you're a fan of quesadillas made with flour tortillas, I think you'll like this low-carb version as much as we do.  

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Did you know an 8-inch flour tortilla contains about 24 carbs?  But look what I found - magic bread!  Just kidding, but this flax, oat bran, whole wheat Lavash (8 servings per package) only has 4 net carbs.  Um yeah, I'll take the one with 4 carbs, thank you.

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Place a serving of Lavash flat on a work surface.

Grab a couple of slices of your favorite cheese - choose one that melts well (we like pepper jack).

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Cover half of the lavash with an even layer of cheese.

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Fold the other half of the lavash over the cheese.

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Melt a little butter in a skillet over medium heat and cook the lavash on both sides until the outside is toasted and the cheese melts.

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Mmmmmm!  

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Cool for a minute or two before cutting into wedges.  I like to sprinkle with a little fleur de sel and chopped scallions, and serve with a dollop of guacamole and sour cream on the side.  So, so, so good!!  Honestly, you won't believe how yummy such a low-carb snack can be.

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Enjoy! 

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Keto Quesadilla

makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1/2 lavash flatbread

  • 2 slices pepper jack cheese

  • optional garnish: guacamole, sour cream, sliced scallions, fleur de sel

Directions

  1. Place lavash on a work surface and cover half with an even layer of cheese.

  2. Fold 2nd half of lavash over cheese, sandwiching the cheese layer in the middle.

  3. Place butter in skillet over medium heat.

  4. Cook lavash on both sides until outside is toasty and the cheese is melted.

  5. Remove from skillet and cool for a minute or two before cutting into wedges.

  6. Sprinkle with fleur de sel (French sea salt) and sliced scallions, and serve with a dollop of guacamole and sour cream.

Frico Eggs (Keto)

Patricia Reitz

Frico (freek-o) - "what's frico" you might be asking?  Frico are thin, crispy, lacey discs of cooked cheese (in this case, parmesan).  Frico are often crumbled over a salad or served as an appetizer.  Today I'm bulking up these delicate disks by marrying them with hard-cooked eggs - the flavor marriage of the two are perfect together.  Super cool looking too, don't you think?

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Start by cutting hard-cooked eggs in half lengthwise.  A thin, sharp knife works best (like this one).

Oh hey, check out my absolute favorite method for cooking eggs with shells that release perfectly every single time, even when the eggs are freshly laid.  And here's my second favorite method that works almost as well.

In a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, place little mounds of grated or ground parmesan cheese.  Depending on the size of your eggs, use between 1 1/2 and 2 teaspoons for each egg half.  You can substitute other cheeses if you like, but you'll have to experiment to see which ones work well.  I've used pecorino romano - it works beautifully, but the flavor is stronger and the cheese is quite a bit saltier than parmesan.

Carefully center one egg half on each mound of cheese.  

Now we wait.  If any bits of cheese start jumping around in the pan, lower the heat.  You don't want to risk burning the cheese so take it slow and be patient - the whole process will only take a few minutes.

Remove from the heat when they look like this.  Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan.  Use a very thin, flexible nylon spatula (like this one) to protect the finish of your nonstick pan.  

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That's all there is to it - super easy.  Enjoy!

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Frico Eggs

makes 4 appetizers

Ingredients

  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and cut in half

  • 2 tablespoons ground pecorino romano or parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. In a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, divide cheese into 4 equal mounds spaced evenly apart.

  2. Top each cheese mound with 1/2 hard-cooked egg, cut side down; allow cheese to slowly melt until golden brown (if the cheese starts to jump in the pan, lower the heat).

  3. Remove from skillet and enjoy.

Simple Heart Cookies

Patricia Reitz

You don't need the skills of a pastry chef to make these adorable cookies - with just a few simple tools, you can make them too!  Follow me into the kitchen and I'll show you how it's done. 

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To begin, you'll need waxed paper, a rolling pin, rolling guides (1/8-inch and 1/16-inch thicknesses to make these cookies)....

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And fondant plunger cutters.  The large heart cutter is available in this set, and the small one came from this set.  If you want a large heart that can be personalized to say anything, check out this set.

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You'll also need some good quality fondant.  Some of the brands available in my area that I like are satin ice, fondarific, duff goldman, and fat daddios.  I do not care for wilton. 

I always keep white fondant on hand because I can custom color it any way I like, but it's also nice to keep darker colors on hand (red, brown, black) because it's hard to achieve the deep saturation mixing gel colors in manually.

(this isn't a necessary tool, but it sure is handy) 

When I'm working with large quantities of fondant, I keep it in a bread proofing box set at 90F (keeping the fondant sealed in an airtight container the whole time).  When I'm ready to work with the fondant, it's warm enough that I can roll it easily without first having to knead it until it's soft and workable.

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Love my bread proofing box from Brod & Taylor.  It's great for proofing bread dough, of course, but it has a temperature range of 70-120F, so it's good for making yogurt, melting chocolate, and keeping tempered chocolate in temper too.  The newest model has a temperature range of 70-195F.

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Alright, while the fondant is still warm and soft, roll it out between two layers of waxed paper (1/16-inch thickness) and use fondant plunger to cut shapes and imprint designs.  

How to decorate cookies with fondant

Remove scraps and allow fondant shapes to sit at room temperature until needed (they'll firm up as they rest).  Do this step before baking the cookiesbecause you'll want them ready to go when the cookies come out of the oven.

Check out this clever way to use fondant plunger cutters.

For the cookies:  roll cookie dough between two layers of waxed paper (1/8-inch thickness) and use fondant plunger to cut out shapes (no need to imprint the designs here).

Note:  If the cookie dough cutouts get too soft to move without getting distorted, slide the waxed paper onto a sheet pan and pop it in the fridge to firm the dough before transferring the cutouts to a silpat lined half sheet pan to bake as directed (as shown in this graham cracker post I shared a number of years ago).

The easiest way to decorate cookies ever!

Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately place the prepared fondant cutouts on top. 

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As the cookies cool, the residual heat will melt the fondant cutouts just enough that they will bond to the cookies.   

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Enjoy!

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CHOCOLATE CUTOUT COOKIES

makes 40-60 cookies

Ingredients

Directions

To make the cookie dough:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the BeaterBlade attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium high speed for 30 seconds.

  3. Add egg and vanilla; beat to combine.

  4. Add flour mixture and beat until incorporated.

  5. Remove dough from mixer bowl and wrap well with plastic wrap; chill for 1-3 hours.

  6. Preheat oven to 375F.

  7. Roll each dough portion to 1/8-inch thickness between 2 layers of wax paper.

  8. Cut out desired shapes with plunger cutters, without plunging the design into the cutout (dust cutter in flour if needed).

  9. Chill dough before transferring cutouts to sheet pan to prevent distorting.

  10. Place cookies 2-inches apart on silpat lined sheet pan.

  11. Bake for 6-8 minutes; remove from oven and top with fondant cutouts (cut to 1/16-inch thick) that have the design pressed into them.

  12. Cool completely before serving. Store in airtight container between with wax paper between layers.

Note:  Recipe makes 40-60 cookies, depending on size.  Plan to use about 1/2 pound fondant (I like to buy white fondant so I can color it any way I like).  Fondant cutouts can be made a day or more in advance if stored on wax or parchment paper in an airtight container.  If the cookies cool before fondant toppers are applied, you can warm the cookies for a few seconds in the microwave (but I recommend applying the fondant to cookies as soon as they come out of the oven).

Roasted Chickpeas with a Kick

Patricia Reitz

Help!  I can't stop eating these things.  I'm not even kidding - they're totally addictive!  Why have I waited so long to try them?   Feel free to increase, decrease, or omit the cayenne to suit your taste.

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Start by preheating the oven to 400F.  Rinse and drain the canned chickpeas, then dry them well with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.  Place them o a rimmed half sheet pan and give the pan a shake to spread them out a bit.  Pop in the hot oven for 15 minutes, then give the chickpeas a toss and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.

Time to mix up the flavorings.  Whisk together extra virgin olive oil (a good, fruity one), garlic salt, and cayenne pepper. 

This teeny-tiny whisk makes me happy. 

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After the chickpeas have been in the oven for 30 minutes, drizzle the olive oil mixture over them and toss well to coat.  Put them back in the oven for another 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool before crunching and munching on them.   

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I’m telling you, make extra because they’re going to disappear fast!  But in the event you should find yourself with leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.   

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Roasted Chickpeas with a Kick

makes 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and dried

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.

  2. Dry rinsed chickpeas well and place on a rimmed half sheet pan.

  3. Roast in the center of preheated oven for 15 minutes; toss chickpeas and roast another 15 minutes.

  4. Combine olive oil, garlic salt, and cayenne pepper; drizzle over chickpeas and return to oven for 15 minutes.

  5. Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.

Note:  To make the chickpeas extra crispy, roast them for 15 minutes longer than stated in the recipe (for a grand total of 60 minutes), but watch them carefully so they don't burn.