Sauces / Condiments
I know we all check labels to make sure that the sauces and condiments we buy are keto-friendly (or at least low-carb) but I think you can get a lot of satisfaction from making your own. If you have plenty of time on your hands to do so (or if you are super hardcore keto), these recipes below are easy ones to have on hand.
This dish was one of my ‘accidents’ that turned out simply perfect! Its a tasty mushroom side dish where medium-large sized mushrooms are flash-fried for caramelisation, then baked in a thick cream infused with garlic and bay leaves. I made this dish twice, once with fresh bay leaves and once with dried bay leaves and found that dried bay leaves offer a much better flavour, so don’t kill yourself trying to source the fresh kind because dried bay leaves pack a better flavour punch. If you choose not to have this as a creamy side vegetables dish, it will make a lovely topping for steak or pork chops. You will notice at the end of the recipe, I suggest finishing the dish with a small squeeze of fresh lemon juice, but this is optional. (However, if you choose to do so, I don’t recommend adding the lemon beforehand as the sauce may curdle when baking. Please do it afterwards.) Enjoy!
I enhanced an easy homemade mayonnaise recipe by simply stirring in roasted garlic, and the flavour is incredible!
Enjoy with things like my Keto Crumbed Mushrooms or Keto Onion Rings. The macros are calculated on a serving being one very generously-heaped tablespoon, approx 30g / 1oz, so this batch will make about 7 such servings. Store covered in the fridge for no longer than 4 days.
While liver PATE is lovely, liver PARFAIT is different and something truly special. A pate is simply blitzed cooked ingredients, but a parfait includes butter and eggs in a raw, tempered mixture which is blitzed and passed through a fine mesh sieve to achieve a smooth and creamy (dreamy) mixture before baking at a low temperature, Baine-Marie-style. Believe me, it’s well worth the extra love and effort! This recipe fills 4 ramekins, and I calculated the macros that each ramekin can be shared and enjoyed between two people. If you aren’t hosting a dinner-party-for-eight, simply freeze the remaining ramekins like I did. I spread this creamy parfait on my Keto Chia Seed Crackers* (as pictured).
A beautifully-rich keto Hollandaise (with just the right amount of acidity) is so much easier to make than you think. Here is a quick example to whip up and enjoy over eggs Benedict. Or, in the case of one of my recipes here on Fats of Life where I created an Eggs Benedict using smoked salmon instead (far posher)…
This is a great homemade sauce to use as a pizza base or to smother your meatballs over courgetti. (See my Low-carb Cabbage and Mince Rolls where I used the full batch.) The recipe yields a 500g / 17.6oz batch which will sufficiently feed 4 people as a ‘pasta’ sauce. (The macros have been calculated that one person’s serving will be approximately 125g / 4.4oz.) If you don’t need to use it all, you can freeze the remaining in handy batches. Don’t forget to stir in some dried oregano for an authentic Italian flavour.
Fresh, lovely tomato ketchup (as pictured) doesn’t take long at all to make and is packed with the fresh flavour you would come to expect from something made at home with love. Macros are calculated on 60g / 2.1oz serving, so adjust accordingly as you use it. If you choose to have a more ‘cooked’ flavour to your ketchup, cook the finished product for 10-15 minutes in a pan over moderate heat until it thickens and slightly darkens. Allow to cool completely before chilling. Store both versions covered in the fridge for no longer than 4 days.
It’s very satisfying making your own condiments from scratch, and even better with the knowledge that you know exactly what has gone into it. This is a great, easy homemade mayonnaise recipe – and I have included another step at the end if you wish to have a zingy version (simply finely grate in some lemon zest). Give it a try at least once and once you get the hang of it, play around adding finely chopped herbs, or lime zest. Since we are only making small amounts – with an understandable shelf-life (no preservatives etc.) – we need only a small glass jug and a small whisk. The macros are calculated on a serving being one generously-heaped tablespoon, so the batch will make about 7 such servings. Store covered in the fridge for no longer than 4 days.
Ok I admit, I am jumping on the Veganuary band-wagon here BUT only for a day (because….. well, bacon…?!)Here is a delicious ‘cheese’ sauce which is so versatile. I call it a ‘cheese’ sauce because the Nutritional Yeast Flakes in it add a deep umami ‘cheesy’ flavour which is absolutely delicious – especially when served over cooked Broccoli. I have created this for my dairy-free readers here on Fats of Life..
Let’s take butter up a notch in flavour! Try this recipe at least once – I promise you will not regret it. Deep, rich, nutty flavours that remind me of caramel, a block or two of browned butter can be used to cook eggs, add to your baking, or melt and pour over cooked vegetables, like I did on my Brown-buttered Brussels Sprouts. And more good news: since you are essentially removing the milk solids from the butter (when you strain it through the muslin / cheesecloth), so this browned butter is even lower in carbs than regular butter (in fact, its zero carbs). If you love it (and I know you will), make a larger batch next time.
A quick and easy guacamole dip that you can scoop up with my Keto Nachos!* Macros have been calculated on the guacamole alone, so its handy for you if you choose to use it in other ways. *The nachos on this site do contain cheese.
Homemade basil pesto doesn’t last very long in our home due to its versatility, dynamite flavour and the ease of which it can be thrown together. Spend two extra minutes toasting the pine kernels and lightly frying the rawness out of the chopped garlic and you will be good to go. Fresh homemade pesto is superior to anything you will buy in the store – nothing beats it. This recipe makes a small tub (approximately 175g / 6oz), or 4 servings as calculated.