Christmas time is definitely THE time of the year. No wonder the family and friends around the festively dinner is the pinnacle of the social gathering of the year, and you want to start it with a blast but you also think about the pounds you always gain around this time of year. It doesn’t need to be this way, and 2 keto-friendly Christmas party recipes will keep you on track.
Bacon-Wrapped Bell Pepper Bites with Horseradish Cream Cheese
This recipe riffs on the cream cheese and bacon jalapeno bites appetizer that’s become so popular with the low-carb dieting crowd. This version is slightly less spicy, subbing in bell pepper for jalapenos, and kicking it up with some tangy, zesty horseradish. If you do serve these alongside of the regular, spicy jalapeno version, just be sure to choose a different color of bell pepper so it’s clear which is hot and which is not.
- 10 slices bacon
- 20 strips of red bell pepper, about an inch thick and 2.5 inches long
- 1 package full-fat cream cheese
- 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup jarred, prepared horseradish
- 1 shallot, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
Let cream cheese sit out at room temperature until it’s soft enough to work with. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the cream cheese with sour cream, shallots, Worcestershire sauce and prepared horseradish. Mix well.
Scoop about 2 teaspoons of the cream cheese mixture into each strip of red pepper. Wrap with half a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place all on a baking tray.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until bacon is crisped to your liking. Set on a layer of paper towels to cool. Serve warm.
Warm Feta, Spinach, Olive and Cream Cheese Dip
Spinach dip goes Greek while keeping it low-carb. This tangy and savory party food makes the perfect heat-and-eat take-along to carry in with you to holiday parties. It’s easy enough to serve chips and crackers for the non- low-carb eaters while keeping it keto thanks to some tasty, sliced veggies or pork rinds for dipping.
- 2 8-oz. packages of full-fat cream cheese
- 1/2 cup full-fat mayonnaise
- 1 package feta cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 cup frozen spinach
- 1 small can pitted olives
- 1/4 cup fresh, finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
Remove cream cheese from the package and place in a Pyrex dish to soften. Bring feta to room temperature as well. Thaw the frozen spinach in the microwave. Press through a strainer to remove water. Use a fork to smooth out the cream cheese. Add the mayo, feta, Parmesan, salt and pepper and mix well. Drain and chop the olives. Add to the mixture and season with salt and pepper. Bake in a 350-degree oven until warm and bubbly. Remove from oven and stir in fresh chopped parsley.
Serve with pork rinds, keto crackers, or veggie sticks.