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Aug 22, 2012 08:30 AM

Low Carb Spread or Dip or Snack

Do you have a favorite low carb spread or dip? How about a favorite snack? Looking for some new recipes. Getting ready to jump back on the low carb wagon!

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  1. I like using hummus as a replacement to mayo as a spread on sandwiches.

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      1. re: biondanonima

        Technically, since it is higher in fiber than other dips, you can subtract the fiber grams from the carb grams and it comes out on the low side, only 5.5 grams. It certainly isn't carb free, but much better for you with nutrients, fiber & protein than any dip based on sour cream or mayo.

      2. re: Dirtywextraolives

        I believe mayo is lower carb than hummus.

      3. Buffalo sauce is low carb, nothing but hot sauce and butter

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        1. re: redfish62

          Oh yes, buffalo wings are one of my favorite low-carb indulgences.

          1. re: redfish62

            Do you have a recipe for your buffalo sauce? What kind of hot sauce do you use?

            1. re: alexa52

              Frank's Red Hot sauce is generally regarded as the best, it is in all the supermarkets. Don't buy the Frank's Buffalo Sauce, it isn't nearly as good as what you can easily make at home.

              You can find recipes all over the net, it's just the hot sauce and butter, some say to add some vinegar. I like to use it in the crock pot to cook chicken, I wind up with enough buffalo chicken for three meals.

              1. re: redfish62

                Yum. Thanks. Will have to make these soon!

              2. re: alexa52

                I use about 2 parts Frank's to one part butter, plus a little bit of soy sauce, garlic powder and Worcestershire. I don't know if the last three ingredients are traditional, but a touch of each makes my wing sauce taste JUST like the sauce from the place I frequented in college (which was in Rochester, NY) and very much like the sauce from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, where the Buffalo wing originated.

            2. I love any sour cream based dip (most of which are low carb) with pork rinds as dippers. Other good crunchy low-carb dippers include salami or pepperoni slices fried until crisp, lower carb vegetables like bell peppers or fennel, cut into strips, endive leaves, or frico chips - parmesan cheese scattered in a non-stick skillet and fried until brown and crisp. Other cheeses work too - I like cheddar frico a lot. Cream cheese based dips are great for low carb. Guacamole is fairly low in carbs. The possibilities are really endless.

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              1. re: biondanonima

                What are frico chips? Never heard of them. Do you make your own or buy?

                1. re: alexa52

                  They are just fried or baked rounds of grated cheese.

              2. If you want low carb (but not low fat), you can go with cretons, which is essentially a meat spread. My mom/grandma made it with pork and veal. You can sub the small amount of breadcrumbs called for in most recipes with a mix of ground pork rinds (more pork!) and finely grated fresh pecorino, just reduce the salt you add.

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                1. re: pinehurst

                  Yes, meat spreads of any kind (braunschweiger, pate, liverwurst, etc.) either are low-carb or can be easily adapted to low carb. Yum!

                2. Marcella Hazan has a very weird-sounding but amazingly tasty concoction that I use for vegie-dipping all the time: can of Italian tuna in olive oil, a fair amount of butter, and a few spoonfuls of capers, whizzed in the FP. No one ever guesses what's in it and everyone loves it. Seems like some exotic pate, and is great on asparagus spears, red pepper strips, celery.

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                    1. re: pinehurst

                      In the same vein, tapenade or bagna cauda?

                    2. re: elenacampana

                      Sounds great. Thanks for the suggestion.