Pork

This category showcases all the recipes that contain pork (including bacon, obvs.) Pork is an inexpensive meat and (with a little creativity) can make a fantastic dish. Whether its simple pork chops with an exciting sauce or a slow-cooked cut with 100% keto-friendly gravy – I got you covered! (Some may only feature a crumb made from pork scratchings, but I thought it important to highlight it anyway for those that do not eat pork.)

Fathead Sausage Rolls

Fathead Smoked Sausage Rolls
Fathead Smoked Sausage Rolls

These are just fabulous! They are low in carbs, high in fat and worth all the effort. I know its #dirtyketo, but this is due to the use of (deliciously addictive) Kielbasa – a smoked Polish sausage which contains a little wheat and soy. But at 7.9g carbs for this giant whopper, I think its worth being a little filthy. For my South African readers, these are what you know as “Russians”, and this would essentially be a “Russian Roll”. I made these using a ‘dough’ influenced from the fathead concept. I admit they are a little … um … rustic-looking, but they are FAB! If you are a low-carber that is still keeping an eyeball on your calories, watch out and perhaps enjoy this after a day of fasting. 

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Spicy Low-carb Zuppa Toscana

Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana

This is a rich, deeply-flavoured family chicken dish. Funnyman and I love spicy food so I added a whopping half tablespoon of ground cayenne pepper which added a satisfying ‘kick’, but you can omit it if you are cooking this for kids, or reduce the amount for the those who don’t like spicy food. This creamy chicken dish can be enjoyed over Cauliflower Mash, Cauliflower Rice or shirataki / konjac noodles… It’s absolutely delicious!

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Ham & Gruyere Rolls (using Fathead Dough)

Fathead Ham and Gruyere Rolls

I did an Instagram snapshot of me tucking into my recipe trial of these Ham & Gruyere Rolls (using Fathead Dough) last week. It was so well-received, I simply had to post the perfected recipe earlier than scheduled. Oh, how we love the Fathead Dough base! Here I used it (somewhat altered) to create deli ham and (powerfully-flavoured) Gruyere cheese rolls… and the results are simply amazing. One roll is very rich and filling and comes in at only 3.8g carbs per roll! Some struggle with perfecting the Fathead dough technique, but I have added step-by-step pics below to help you along…

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Low-carb Sausage and Cabbage Soup

Low Carb Sausage and Cabbage Soup

You wouldn’t think that such simple ingredients could create a soup that would pack such a punch like this one can – and its all thanks to the Poles who brought us delicious Kielbasa (a smoked sausage found in the deli meat aisle; for my South African readers, these are what we have come to know and love as ‘Russians’.) This recipe is a great example of what we refer to as Dirty Keto: it’s a low-carb soup (only 10g carbs per hearty bowl), but the small amount of wheat and soy found in the sausages are considered highly frowned upon with the keto police. And they are correct: wheat is inflammatory and the Kielbasa itself is a processed meat. However, if you are flexible to give this a go on your low-carb journey, you will love the homely, hearty flavours. 

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Pork Shank with Mustard Keto Gravy (Keto; Paleo)

Pork Shank with Keto Mustard Gravy
Pork Shank with Keto Mustard Gravy

This recipe uses a beautiful, fresh (not cured) shank which you can get from your local butcher. (Be sure to ask him to score the fat for you.) I slow-cooked it in a casserole (covered with a well-fitting lid) in the oven, along with onions, garlic and stock. Afterwards, I made a gravy from the cooked down onions and juices, and cranked the heat up in the oven to puff that skin up for that all-glorious crackling. A 1kg /2.2lb / 35oz shank will sufficiently feed 4 people and should be enjoyed with my Keto Creamy Cauliflower Mash, so that the accompanying mustard gravy – which really makes the dish sing – can be mopped up. Be sure to check out the Side Dishes option on the site and choose your favourite one to enjoy alongside it. 

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Pork Belly with Keto Gravy & Relish

Keto Pork Belly with Red Onions
Keto Pork Belly with Red Onions

I have been so excited to put up this post in the lead up to Christmas! It’s the perfect option for a lazy, Sunday afternoon roast. Or, if your Christmas party is small this year and you aren’t a fan of turkey, why not try something different? This pork belly recipe will happily feed five people and features a delicious, thick 100% keto-friendly gravy. Do not skip the red onion herb relish, its the ideal acidic, sweet accompaniment that cuts through the fattiness of the pork. I enjoyed this with my Keto Celeriac Dauphinoise – both of which are my very popular recipes on the blog.

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Keto Baked Creamy Baby Onions with Crackling Crumb

Baked Onions
Baked Onions

I love this dish! I baked baby onions in a thyme-infused cream and topped with a crumb made from blitzed lean pork scratchings and finely grated Parmesan. When I made this dish for us, we ended up eating them on top of our grilled pork chops: Lush! The peeling of the onions is mind-numbingly annoying and a finicky job, but the results are worth it in the end. Be sure to keep the little root end intact to ensure the onions keep their shape, but use a small, sharp paring knife to trim it close enough that the entire onion is edible. (And don’t jab yourself like I did doing that …. #BloodFest2018)

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Low-carb Pork Ribs

Low carb Pork Ribs
Low carb Pork Ribs

You will not prepare your ribs any other way after trying this method! These ones literally fall off the bone. I slow-cooked the rack in an air-tight parcel of foil at a relatively low oven temperature. Since all the store-bought marinade and bastes are packed with sugar, I developed my own. This is my low-carb marinade: it’s rich, tasty and packed with flavour. The recipe calls for 1 rack of low-carb pork ribs between two people – an ideal Saturday night treat for you and your loved one. (The use of store-bought reduced-sugar ketchup in this recipe makes this dish not strictly keto. However, you could check out my fresh homemade tomato ketchup if you choose to eat these ‘cleaner’ and shave off even more carbs..)

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Low-carb Pizza (using Lo-Dough)

Low carb Pizza using LoDough
Low carb Pizza using LoDough

Funnyman enjoys my Cauliflower Pizza and Fathead Pizza but in mid-2018 I stumbled upon a UK company called Lo-Dough that launched a great product. We use them as wraps and quick pizza bases. At 2.2g carbs per piece and high in fibre, they were a good buy. Give them a try and let me know what you think. This post was not sponsored (none of the posts on M&L are sponsored) and I am happy to link to their website and share the love with my UK readers.

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Bacon, Prawn and Avocado Kebabs (Low-carb)

Bacon Prawn Avocado kebabs
Keto Bacon Prawn Avocado Skewers

These mini bacon, prawn and avocado kebabs are like someone said, “let’s take all the best keto items and grill them on a skewer!” Bacon? “Yes please!” Prawns? “Yes please!” Avocado? “Oh, stop it, now you are just showing off!” They are a little finicky to make, but totes worth it in the end. A fun, tasty appetiser at your next braai (BBQ)…

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Stir-fried Greens with Bacon (Keto; Paleo)

Keto Cabbage Bacon Stir Fry

Everything tastes awesome with bacon with its lovely salty, smokiness… This side dish of stir-fried greens with bacon is sensational! A large portion of this could easily stand as a meal on its own, but it would be better for your macros if this recipe was made for two as a side dish and served alongside a nice portion of protein, such as pork chops. TIP: use only the sliced white parts of leeks as the green ends are bitter.

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Greens with Crackling Crumb (Keto)

Greens with Buttermilk Dressing
Greens with Buttermilk Dressing

While I simply love meat, a lot of my attention is focussed on the accompanying side dishes. Think further than frozen broccoli (gag!), because there is a multitude of things you could do with salads or cooked fresh vegetables making them interesting and fun. Here is one that is packed with flavour and can be served warm – or as a cool salad at your next braai

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Keto Breakfast Bacon & Egg ‘Muffins’

Keto Breakfast Bacon muffins
Keto Breakfast Bacon muffins

These little zero carb keto breakfast ‘muffins’ are something of a mini-frittata. They are very rich, so one batch could last you a couple of mornings (they store well in the fridge). Pop them in the microwave for a quick keto-friendly breakfast. Do change up the filling – mushroom, peppers and different cheese all work well. If you can’t be bothered with cleaning the muffin tin (eggs are notorious for sticking), use cupcake cases. One serving = 2 muffins.

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