Eating keto during the holidays can be difficult. It can be tough to find a balance between food that fits within your diet and dishes you can share with your friends and family. After all, not everyone is eating keto with you. So as the carb-laden holidays approach, here are some suggestions on southern keto appetizers and keto side dishes you can share at every occasion.
We tried to keep things quick and easy, since we know you’re busy. We’ve mixed in a few classic southern recipes with some new modern takes. A few ingredients can go a long way.
Who knows? Your family might even ask you to share the recipes with them.
Try our new take on traditional deviled eggs—BLT Deviled Eggs; they’re sure to be a talking point before the meal. Cheesy dips are also always a surefire way to people’s hearts. Savannah Hot Crab Dip and Pimento Cheese Dip are both crowd favorites at a Southern Christmas party. And our Nutty Bacon Cheese Ball is easy to make and transport if you have a lot to shuffle around as you head off to family Christmas. Extra tip: dips should be served with low-carb crackers or vegetables to keep them keto-friendly.
Keto Side Dishes
Creating a delicious ham or turkey for your holiday keto feast is simple enough, since protein is a staple in keto meals. But there are a variety of vegetable side dishes that you can serve with it that will satisfy everyone at the table. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) are keto-friendly options that have a lot of versatility. Try Brussels Sprouts with Onions and Bacon or Broccolini with Almonds. Mashed Cauliflower is a great substitute for more traditional mashed potatoes, and Stewed Collard Greens are a traditional southern side dish that can be a great addition to the table or made afterwards with the leftover ham bone. You can also try something a little different with a Zucchini Custard Bake or Grilled Artichokes with Bacon and Rosemary Dip.