Homemade Low Carb Food Gifts
Everyone seems to be doing the low carb thing & Christmas is coming up & I am scratching my head as to what I can make for these folks.
So far the only thing I can come up with is homemade boursin cheese along with a bag of mini colored sweet peppers to stuff the cheese in & some purchased hard salami.
Other cheese recipes would be great. Maybe a pickled veggie recipe.
Other than the above items, I am clueless, please help.
By the way, I am so saddened to not be able to hand some sweet treats to my friends. Is there anything I can do in that department?
Although out of season, pickled asparagus with lots of garlic is great. Maybe a thought for next year.
The Italian pickled veg mix....is it giardiniera?
Fresh mozzarella, but they'd have to use it up fairly quickly.
Homemade jerky, pickled vegetables or jalapenos (which can be surprisingly hard to find without sugar), spiced nuts and homemade cheese are great ideas. Cheesecake works quite well with artificial sweeteners and no crust. Very dark chocolate truffles with minimal added sugar will work for people who aren't super strict about their carbs. Bacon jam is great, if you use a recipe with no or minimal sugar.
Don't feel bad about not being able to give your LC friends a sweet treat. If they've been low carbing for a while, they probably don't miss sweets too much anyway. They will definitely appreciate your efforts to make them something that fits into their diet/lifestyle!
1.5 pounds thick cut bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1-2 chipotles en adobo (more if you like heat)
2 t. chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 T. cocoa powder
2 cups of brewed coffee
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 T. maple syrup or other sweetener (optional)
Cook the bacon until fat is rendered and the bacon is starting to crisp. Drain most of the fat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and saute until onion is translucent. Add garlic and saute a minute more. Add the dry spices and saute a minute more.
Add the chipotle, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and coffee. Simmer on low for approximately two hours, stirring occasionally, until bacon is very tender and the flavors have melded. If jam starts to get dry, add small amounts of water as necessary. Near the end of the cooking time, allow the mixture to become fairly dry.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Place cooled bacon jam into a food processor, and pulse until the jam becomes a coarse paste.
The maple syrup is definitely optional but I do find that it helps balance the heat/salt. If I want a truly low-carb mixture I just add a little Splenda instead.
Some good ideas are popping up for LC gifts. Looks like I should have been doing some pickling this summer, but hopefully I can find some "quick" pickling recipes.
Think I will bypass the sweets since so many have their preference for a certain kind of sweetener.
Jerky sounds great. Wish I had a dehydrator, dried veggie chips might be a good idea, have never tried making them.