It’s that time of the year again, when we gather around the oversized TV watching the big game . . . it’s what we’ve been waiting for! Knock’em, Sock’em, Rock’em!! The inner cheerleader in me wants to get up and do a split – I’ll refrain, as my body may reject to me moving in ways I haven’t in years.
There is something comforting and exciting about gathering around the TV with friends and family to watch the Super Bowl. Snacks, dips, and beverages galore!
But coming together for the big game doesn’t mean you have to give up your ketogenic diet! Let’s tackle some keto-friendly snacks and recipes that will make you the hit of the party, all the meanwhile keeping you sprinting to the end zone!
Ketogenic Recipes for your Super Bowl Sunday
Chicken Parmesan Dip
Gooey, savory, delicious dips are a hit at any party. This dip can mimic the tastes and smells of a pizza, so instead of grabbing the big box full of gluten and carbohydrates, make this dip and sit back and enjoy. Swap out bread for dipping and add any veggie. Crisp up thick pepperoni in the oven and use it as a chip, that would add some extra flavor and crunch!
- 12 oz organic cream cheese, room temperature
- ¼ cup avocado mayonnaise
- ¼ cup organic sour cream
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3 cups cooked and diced chicken
- 4 oz low carb marinara sauce
- 6 oz shredded Parmesan cheese
- 3 TBSP fresh minced basil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 and grease baking dish or cast iron skillet
- Beat cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, minced garlic, salt and pepper until well blended.
- Fold in half of diced chicken and mozzarella cheese
- Spread cream cheese mixture over bottom of skillet or baking dish
- Spread marinara sauce over cream cheese mixture
- Layer with the other half of diced chicken
- Over with shredded Parmesan cheese
- Bake for 13-15 minutes
- Use veggies like celery, carrots, or bell peppers to dip into this delicious recipe!
Greek Layer Dip
This dip is one of my all time favorites! I love a good Mediterranean dish, especially as a dip. This would be good heated or cold! Never mind using chips or pita bread to dip, I love this with sliced veggies or even just a spoon.
- 8 oz organic cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
- 1 TBSP fresh dill
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 can drained garbanzo beans
- 2 TBSP tahini
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 1 cup chopped tomato
- ½ cup chopped, pitted kalamata olives
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/3 cup sliced green onions
- In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and 1/3 garlic until well combined.
- Spread cream cheese mixture into a 9 inch pie plate or platter.
- Add the garbanzo beans, rest of garlic, lemon juice, salt to taste, tahini, dill, and olive oil to food processor and mix until well blended. Top onto cream cheese.
- Sprinkle feta on top
- Optional: bake at 350 degrees for 15 min.
- Sprinkle the cucumber, tomato, olives, and green onions.
- Dip with sliced fresh veggies
Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
There’s nothing wrong with bringing a crock pot full of a hearty, delicious soup to a super bowl party – especially when it’s a deconstructed bacon cheese burger! Make this in advance and keep warm in the crock pot during any get together and it’ll for sure be a hit!
- 5 slices uncured bacon
- 12 oz grass fed ground beef
- 2 TBSP grass fed butter
- 3 cups beef bone broth
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp mustard
- 1 ½ tsp Himalayan sea salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 2 ½ tsp organic tomato paste
- 1 medium dill pickle, diced
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 oz organic cream cheese
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- Cook bacon until crispy and set aside
- Add ground beef in the bacon fat and cook until browned.
- Transfer beef into a pot and add butter and spices, mixing well.
- Add beef bone broth, tomato paste, cheese, and pickle to the pot and let cook for a few minutes.
- Cook for 20-30 minutes.
- Finish with heavy cream and crumbled bacon.
Yes, you read that correctly. What’s better than bacon, layered with meat, layered with bacon with cheese in the middle?!? You are correct….nothing. This layering takes some time but believe me, it’s totally worth it. Best of all – this is completely keto-friendly.
- 29 slices thick cut uncured bacon
- 14 oz grass fed steak
- 10 oz pork sausage
- 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese
- Layout 5 x 6 bacon weave (Uses approx 10 slices).
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until near crisp
- Create meat mixture by mixing steak, 4 slices bacon, and sausage into meat grinder
- Layout meat mixture in a rectangle the same size as first bacon weave
- Season meat then place original 5 x 6 bacon weave on the meat
- Place cheese in center of bacon weave
- Roll the meat into a tight roll, place in foil, then refrigerate
- Make 7 x 7 bacon weave
- Roll bacon weave over meat at a diagonal pattern
- Bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until internal temp is 165 degrees.
- Let stand for 10 minutes, then slice and enjoy.
What would football be without chicken wings? This is an easy recipe that you can make a few spins off on your own. Add a dry rub, mix in minced garlic, or make them as hot as you like.
Frying oil is typically a polyunsaturated oil like vegetable oil derived from mostly soy, corn, and canola. Excess consumption of polyunsaturated fats has been linked to increased risk for cancer, heart disease as well as liver, lung, and digestive disorders. Polyunsaturated fats under high heat causes oxidation, resulting in the formation of free radicals and thus rancidity; therefore, these oils should absolutely be avoided, especially when frying. Instead use high-quality lard or tallow – fats that remain stable when heated.
- 12 free range chicken wings, raw
- 4 TBSP Frank’s red hot
- 4 TBSP grass fed butter
- Lard Or tallow
- Fry wings in tallow or lard at 275 degrees for 14 minutes
- Let wings rest until room temperature
- Heat tallow or lard to 375 degrees
- Pat wings dry and fry for another 6 minutes
- Mix together butter and Frank’s red hot sauce
- Toss wings in the sauce
Low-Carb Keto Fudge
I know that football parties are loaded with dips, chips, and carby foods on top of cookies and brownies. In order to prepare yourself to say no to those sugary deserts, bring your own! When everyone else sits down to have their treat, pull out your own fudge and enjoy!
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ oz grass fed butter
- 1 ½ oz dark chocolate, minimum 70%
- Optional: flavor of your choice—peppermint essential oil, caramel stevia, sea salt, cinnamon, citrus zest, or instant coffee.
- Boil heavy cream and vanilla in sauce pan for one minute, then lower heat to a simmer
- Simmer the cream to let reduce to half the amount, approx 20 minutes. Stir occasionally
- Lower the heat and add butter that is at room temperature. Stir well.
- Remove from heat and add chocolate in pieces or chopped. Stir until the chocolate has melted. Add optional flavorings.
- Pour into a baking dish (7 x 7) and let cool in refrigerator for a few hours. Sprinkle cocoa powder on top.
- You can keep in the freezer and thaw to room temp to enjoy!
Keep Your Eye on the Prize: Health!
As I was writing this I heard someone say, “We sacrifice our health for money and food, but we will spend a lot of money to get health once it fails.”
Say no to those empty/dead foods that are a waste of your money. Put your pennies towards alive, nutritionally dense foods that will leave you on top of the pack! You might not leave that Super Bowl party with a trophy or a trip to Disney World, but you will leave with your head held high that you stuck to your ketogenic diet!