Cheesy Bacon Ranch Bubble Bread

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Delicious low carb cookies made with bacon fat and baked in a pan. These cheesy ranch cookies are a crowd pleaser!

If you're like me, religiously you keep all the bacon fat from every time you fry bacon. You know it's a good thing, you know it's healthy, and you can't bear to see it go to waste. Especially the uncured variety, all that wonderful smoked pork fat that ends up in the bottom of your pan. And then you're done with so much, you wonder what the hell to do with everything. Okay, yeah, it's great for frying other things and it makes the best eggs and the best stir-fried vegetables. But sometimes you are not making as many eggs or sauteed vegetables. You are cooking a lot in the summer and you will start a fat fire if you try to drizzle your grilled foods with the leftover bacon grease. Then you see that the delicious bacon mold looks at you reproachfully in the fridge and makes you feel guilty. You know you need to use it, but what to use it for?

Well why not use it instead of butter or other oils in some of your other recipes? Baked goods, for example. It's not ideal for everything, and if you're planning a fancy cake to serve the company, it can be a bit strange. Although I would probably try it myself. I love bacon in sweet applications, why not the bacon grease on my chocolate cake? Or fat bacon brownies? Or bacon chocolate chip cookies! Oh wow, it may have sparked a whole new set of ideas for me here. Give me a moment, will you? I just need to sit here and reflect and enjoy the glory of these ideas.

Okay, back to the subject at hand. What I was really thinking about was baked breads and cookies and such a thing that would do well with the added flavors of the bacon drops. In fact, this idea originally started as an intention to make some low carb cookies out of bacon fat. But as many of my recipe ideas don't usually do, it evolved a few times and ended up like bubble dough based on cookie dough. Round balls of low carb cookie dough packed in a skillet and topped with cheese and bacon. Made with bacon fat instead of butter, naturally. And why not throw away some ranch seasoning while I was at it?

Oh, bacon fat. The divine source of inspiration. What do you use your bacon fat for?

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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Bubble Bread

Delicious low carb cookies made with bacon fat and baked in a pan. These cheesy ranch cookies are a crowd pleaser!

Servings: 10 pieces

Calories: 302 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour

  • 1/4 cup unflavored whey protein powder or powdered egg whites

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoon dried dill

  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

  • 1/4 cup refrigerated fat bacon or cold butter, cut into small pieces

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

  • 1/4 cup cooked minced bacon (4 to 6 slices)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F and grease 10-inch ovenproof skillet (does not need to be cast iron).

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, whey protein or egg white powder, baking powder, garlic powder, dill, parsley, onion powder, salt, pepper and xanthan gum.

  3. Cut the bacon fat or butter with a pastry cutter or two knives until the mixture resembles the thick crumbs. Add eggs and almond milk until well combined.

  4. Form 1-inch balls by hand and place in a prepared skillet. Sprinkle everything with cheese and bacon.

  5. Bake about 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly and bread is golden brown.

  6. Remove and let cool enough to cut into pieces, or allow people to come closer and separate.

Recipe Notes

Servings 10. Each serving has 8.95 g of carbohydrates and 4.45 g of fiber. Total NET CARBOJOS = 4.5 g.

Dietary energy: 302 kcal Total fat: 23.84 g Calories from fat: 214 Cholesterol: 78 mg Carbohydrate: 8.95 g Total dietary fiber: 4.45 g Protein: 13.78 g Sodium: 501 mg

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