Side dishes

While I love meat and fish, I simply adore vegetables and believe the side dishes can often be the star-of-the-show. I am a huge believer in eating plenty of keto-friendly vegetables for that much-needed fibre. Here are some ideas to get you to eat your greens, as well as some breads to mop up stews and sauces…

Cauliflower Steaks with Smoked Paprika Butter (Keto)

I love vegetables and never run out of ways to create interesting side dishes to enjoy alongside our meat or fish. Cauliflower is one of my favourite. Here, I simply cooked two ‘steaks’ (intact pieces cut from the centre of a large head) and made a quick, tasty butter using smoked paprika. (Smoked paprika has an intense and important flavour and much better than regular paprika, so I encourage you to make the effort to source it). Scatter over some strong Gouda cheese and allow the whole lot to melt before tucking in. Lush! Be sure to check out all the Side Dish ideas on the site.

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Broccoli and Brown Butter Mash (Keto)

OK, this is probably not my greatest picture, but the flavour of this broccoli mash makes up for what you see as a bowl of bright green mush! I simply mashed up cooked broccoli and folded through glorious ‘browned’ butter before seasoning and serving. Browned butter (called Beurre Noisette in French culinary terms) is basically butter (grass-fed only for us, obvs) that has been melted down and kept on the heat until the milk solids separate and start to gently brown, flavouring the butter. The butter is then strained through cheesecloth or food-grade muslin, discarding the milk solids. You are left with a deeply-flavoured, beautifully nutty melted (and very versatile) butter that will blow your mind! If you choose to always have a batch of little set browned butter cubes on hand, I have a Beurre Noisette recipe on the site which is portioned after setting and can be used in numerous ways. FUN FACT: Julia Childs once said “… if you don’t like broccoli, add more butter.” <- Love that!

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Soft Keto Dinner Rolls

I have developed many bread recipes over my journey, but these little guys are The Bomb! They are also my current new favourite! They are soft, stable, full of flavour, and the recipe could not be simpler (if you use the right ingredients – see the step-by-step pics below). As a lunch or snack option, Funnyman halves one and melts cheese over the two halves with a little pesto (or a slice of tomato) and simply adds a pinch of Sea Salt Flakes or cracked Pink Himalayan Salt… Or….. my personal preference, serve it up as a side dish to mop up all the sauce from the rich, moist dishes you are creating. YUM! They store well in the fridge (wrapped or sealed) for a few days – and can then be simply unwrapped and popped in the microwave for a few seconds to ‘bring back to life’. The macros are shown as one soft dinner roll = one serving.

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Cajun Cauliflower Bake (Keto)

I never run out of ideas for making interesting side dishes to enjoy alongside meat or fish. I LOVE vegetables and believe its where you can get really creative. (It’s also where most of your daily allocated carbs should be coming from: high fibre, nutritious vegetables that are packed with goodness.) Here, I coated cauliflower florets in a spicy Cajun spice mix and roasted them until done. To add additional flavour and a creamy mouthfeel, I drizzled over a mix of double cream and sour cream before cooking for a few more minutes. This Cajun cauliflower side dish is so packed with flavour and spice, I advise it’s served alongside simple roasted chicken thighs or pork chops.

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Broccoli and Bacon Cheese Bakes (Keto)

I posted a recipe of Cream-baked Broccoli a little while ago (it’s a lush recipe: rich, filling and full-flavoured, please try it). However, I wanted to take the concept up a notch and add crispy bacon and Cheddar. Can we all take a moment to high-five the keto way-of-life: what other “diets” can encourage adding bacon and cheese?… Anyway, I created this recipe in 4 individual little stoneware pots (because its SO cute) but you can make this same recipe in an appropriately-sized dish if you choose to – as long as the end-result serves 4 people in even-sized portions as that is how the macros were calculated..

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Keto Cauliflower Cheese

Sunday roasts aren’t what they used to be, are they? We now skip the roast potatoes, the Yorkshire puds and we pass on the gravy. This is why I worked on a keto cauliflower cheese as a delicious side dish to your roast meat. This recipe is not only cleaner, tastier and lighter, but it’s 100% KETO and I bet it will knock the kids’ socks off. The flavour is rich and satisfying and I love scattering over smoked sea salt flakes before serving for additional flavour and texture. The macros were calculated that this recipe will feed 6 people, if served as equal-sized servings.

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Tear-and-share Garlic Bread (Keto)

Just in time for summer! This is a fantastic keto garlic bread roughly based on the fathead dough concept. This recipe will yield 12 slices and the macros have been calculated on one serving being 2 slices (because who eats only one slice of garlic bread at a braai?) – so this will sufficiently feed 6 people. I used equal amounts of (recently discovered) extra-fine almond flour and regular almond flour to achieve the texture I wanted. NOTE: I have not developed this recipe using only regular almond flour, but I anticipate a much stickier mixture which will be impossible to work with – so I encourage you to invest in a bag of the extra-fine flour which I have so far only seen available at amazon). Perhaps Holland & Barrett will stock it in the future if we all kick up enough of a fuss. Sealed well, almond flour will last a long time, and you will love this keto garlic bread so much, its best you have a bag on hand this summer. Be sure to also check out all the other Bread recipes on this site..

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‘Rustic’ Pesto & Cheddar Fathead Rolls (Keto)

The Ham & Gruyere Rolls recipe that I posted a few weeks ago was so well-received (please try it), I decided to shake things up a bit and use a similar concept with fresh homemade Basil Pesto and grated Cheddar. There was one very significant change to the dough recipe (which is loosely based on the “fathead” concept): I experimented with extra-fine almond flour instead of regular almond flour. Some adjustments had to be made to the remaining ingredients, but the texture was exactly what I was after and the BONUS factor was that the raw ‘dough’ was SO much easier to work with! If you choose to follow this recipe, please use extra-fine almond flour – I cannot guarantee successful results if you don’t. I titled them “rustic” because while they do puff and rise, they lop to the side and look exactly like something that is made at home with love (that’s how we all cook, right?) Regarding the basil pesto, I really don’t want to blow smoke up my own… but my fresh, homemade basil pesto is simple unbeatable. It takes a few minutes to make and is SO worth the effort..

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Cream-baked Broccoli (Keto)

Keto Cream-baked Broccoli
Keto Cream-baked Broccoli

Its difficult to communicate to readers how yummy something is. Sometimes I just shut down from lack of descriptive words (and I hope that my telling you this will inspire you to try it). Here, I simply baked par-cooked broccoli in seasoned double cream and the result was… well, incredible. I have no other words… this cream-baked broccoli will hopefully blow your hair back as much as it did mine. Be sure to also check out all the Side Dishes on this site.

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Courgettes Baked in Cream (Keto)

Keto Courgettes baked in Cream

Double cream is amazing, but when it’s baked in the oven – well, it will change your life! I know that’s a very ambitious statement to make, but you need to trust me on this one (and I think it’s the reason that my Keto Celeriac Dauphinoise is still the most popular recipe on M&L). The flavour of baked cream completely changes into a deep, rich full-flavoured smack of heaven! Here, I chose to do courgettes baked in cream and I was not disappointed. Be sure to finish the dish with plenty of seasoning (I love using smoked sea salt flakes).

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Buttered Asparagus with Parmesan (Keto)

Keto Buttered Asparagus

OK, let’s be honest here.. everything tastes better with butter and this is merely an idea with some cheffy techniques added to help you prepare perfect buttered asparagus (and macros calculated to help you along). If you are okay with your urine smelling funky for a day, try this super-simple recipe. And if you don’t suffer from bizarre-smelling urine after eating asparagus, consider yourself a very small percentage of the population. (I will leave you to Google what I am on about, if you don’t already know.) Enjoy this lovely, easy side dish – and be sure to also check out the Brown-buttered Brussels Sprouts on the site #EatYourGreens!!

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Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls

Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls
Mini Rosemary Keto Rolls

I need to do more research on the guy that invented Fathead dough, so I can find him and plant a big fat one on him! I love it and use the concept for so many great dishes, but switched around some ingredient ratios until I was happy. Here, I made a batch of mini rosemary-flavoured ‘breadrolls’, yielding between 13 and 14 little rolls. The macros are calculated as one ‘serving’ being 2 mini keto rolls. You can use any appropriately-sized pan or baking tin, but I thought it would be attractive to bake, then serve (tear-and-share-style) straight from a cast-iron pan (mine was 20cm / 8-in diameter). Enjoy with just about anything and play around with different herbs – but I think I rocked these using rosemary..

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Keto Creamed Spinach

Keto Creamed Spinach

This is a FABULOUS Keto Creamed Spinach recipe – perfect when served with a juicy ribeye nestled alongside it. It serves two people, so double up the ingredients to feed the family (although we all know that a mountain of fresh spinach will wilt down to nothing, but luckily it happens pretty quickly, so simply add the spinach to the pan in two or three batches at a time.) I gently caramelised shallots and garlic for added flavour beforehand and added the raw spinach to the pan – again, cooking slowly and over a low heat with no added moisture (please don’t boil your spinach!). It takes some patience and constant stirring, but the results are crazy-amazing…

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Keto Creamed Leeks

Keto Creamed Leeks
Keto Creamed Leeks

I get so many messages from friends and readers wanting to know what knives I use. When I finished culinary school many years ago, Funnyman bought me a Robert Welch Cook’s Knife and… I LOVE IT! I use a hundred times a day, I sharpen it with pride and it still lives in its protective box. No one is allowed to touch it, not even Funnyman (unless he wants me to use it on him). If you are looking to get a great knife set for your loved one, RW now have a set available – a perfect gift for the foodie in your life. To cut a long story short, I thought it would be a great time to showcase what knives I use, especially on this dreamy side dish which will sit perfectly on the side of your rib eye…

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