KETO ENDIVES WITH HAM AND CAULIFLOWER SAUCE

Endive is a typical vegetable from Belgium that is not very well known abroad. It’s a leafy vegetable that is high in folate, vitamin A and K, and is high in fiber. It tastes a bit bitter, but when you cook it in a recipe like this one, it’s delicious!

In the traditional recipe, béchamel sauce is used, but I replaced it with a cauliflower sauce that tastes just as good, if not better!

INGREDIENTS (6 endives)

  • 6 endives
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 2 cup of water
  • salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste

For the cauliflower sauce

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbs of butter
  • Half a cauliflower head, cut in florets
  • 1 cup bone broth/ beef stock
  • Salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Start by preparing the endives. Remove the outer leaves and cut off the bottom and cut out the hearts.
  2. In a pan, melt 1 tbs of butter on medium heat. Add the endives to the pan, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Fry both sides for 2 minutes and add the water.
  3. Lower the heat and let the endives cook for 40-45 minutes until they are done.
  4. Prepare the sauce: in a medium sized pot, melt 1 tbs of butter on medium heat, add the cut onion and minced garlic. When the onion starts to glaze, add the cauliflower florets and the bone broth. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Lower the heat and let simmer until the cauliflower is soft.
  5. When the cauliflower is soft, add some juice from the pan with the endives (about 4 tbs) and mix everything together with a blender until you have a creamy consistency. Add the grated cheese and mix. Set aside.
  6. Preheat the oven at 400 F.
  7. When the endives are done (they are done when you can poke trough them with a fork), roll them up in a slice of ham and place them in a baking dish. Cover them with the cauliflower sauce.
  8. Sprinkle some cheese on top and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. To get a crust on the top, use the grill modus for 5 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

For my Dutch keto fam:

KETO MAC AND CHEESE

Looking for a substitute for mac & cheese that is keto friendly? Look no further, because with this recipe, you’ll have the cheesiest dish you ever had. We’ll substitute the pasta with cauliflower. I know it’s not the same, but I promise it tastes great!

This recipe takes about 15 minutes to prepare and 20-25 minutes to cook. You will have around 8 portions.

Nutrition per portion:

Calories: 520  kcal | Carbohydrates: 6,5 g | Fiber: 1,5 g | Net Carbs: 5 g |Protein: 15 g | Fat: 46 g

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 7 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese + extra to sprinkle on top
  • 2 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • Dash of dried or fresh parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Break up a head of cauliflower into florets and add to boiling water. Cook for about 8 minutes, or until tender. 
  3. Drain cauliflower in a colander and set aside.
  4. In a saucepan, on medium heat, add the butter, heavy cream, and cream cheese. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, fry the bacon. Don’t overcook it, because in the oven it will cook further. When ready, set aside.
  6. Add the cheddar cheese, salt and pepper, nutmeg, paprika powder and garlic powder to the creamy sauce. Let simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the mozzarella cheese and the cooked cauliflower florets. Mix everything together and transfer the mixture to a large baking dish.
  8. Slice the fried bacon in small pieces, and sprinkle on top together with some grated cheddar cheese.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes art 350F / 180C until the top is golden brown. Sprinkle som parsley on top for garnishing.
Enjoy!

For our Dutch speaking Keto Fans: