Holidays

Tamales

Tamale:

12 ounces cooked chicken, seasoned

1 whole egg

2 ounces tallow or fat of choice, melted

¼ tsp baking soda

 

Filling:

Use your own combination of sliced cheeses and already cooked meats. Ex: sliced steak, sliced chorizo sausage, chicken fajitas, etc.

Shredded cheese and crumbled meats do not work well with this recipe, they just make a big mess, but if you cook your ground beef into a patty that works a lot better.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In your blender or food processor add chicken & baking soda and begin to blend with melted tallow.

Add in the egg while the blender is on.

Let your “dough” chill covered in the fridge until firm. (About 1-2 hours, or overnight)

 

Using a large piece of parchment paper, spread half of the batter in the middle in a rectangle shape about 1 inch thick.

Layer your slice of cheese and sliced meat in the center of the batter.

Using the parchment paper, carefully wrap the meat and cheese with the batter. Folding the parchment into the shape of your fillings. Fold in the last 2 flaps underneath the tamale to hold it closed.

Place on a sheet pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool 3-5 minutes and unwrap the parchment paper.

Cream of Chicken Soup

12 ounces cooked chicken (raw chicken works, too, just use diced chicken)

8 ounces cream cheese

3 cups chicken broth

¾ Tbs garlic

1-2 tsp salt

2 tsp black pepper

1 whole egg

 

Toss all ingredients, minus the egg, into a slow cooker.

Let cook on low for 3+ hours.

Before serving, spoon about 2 cups of soup into a blender.

Turn the blender on and keep blending on high.

While the blender is running, blend in to egg. Do not stop blending or else the egg will scramble.

Add the blended soup back to the pot and stir.

The soup should be nice, thick and creamy.

Serve as is or with crushed pork rinds on top.

 

Carnivore Snax Mix

Say Hello to your new favorite snack mix! Make a double or even triple batch of this recipe to have plenty of snacks when you need them! It truly can’t get any easier than this!


1-2 packages of your favorite sugar free jerky or biltong

2-3 small bags of your favorite flavor of cheese crisps (Whisps, Moon Cheese, Bunker Hill Cheese Crisps, etc.)

2-4 beef or pork sticks, diced up into 1" pieces


Combine all ingredients and mix.

Feel free to add about 1-2 tsps of your favorite seasoning mix to change up the flavors!

Serve in your favorite party bowl next time you have a get together. 


Smooth and Creamy Cheesecake

12 ounces cream cheese, room temp

2 whole eggs, room temp

4 egg yolks, room temp

1 Tbs butter, room temp

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp almond extract (optional)

½ tsp gelatin

Stevia to taste (optional)

Pinch of salt

 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Ensure all ingredients are at room temp.

Combine all ingredients and whisk together with a stand mixer or a hand mixer. 

Place your 6 inch round pan into a larger metal round pan, 8 or 9 inch works.

If you do not have a silicone pan, you can use another 6 inch pan that is well greased or lined with parchment.

Pour ingredients into the 6 inch round silicone baking pan.

Pour boiling water into the outer pan to help the sides of the cheesecake prevent from burning.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Turn oven off and let continue cooking for 20 minutes. 

Chill cheesecake in fridge overnight or at least 6 hours to firm up before slicing.

Serve with whipped cream or with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, if you’d like.

Cheesecake pictured is served upside down for that smooth look.

Vanilla Pudding

1 pint heavy cream

4 whole eggs (or 6 yolks, if sensitive to whites)

2 tsp gelatin

½ tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt

Stevia to taste (optional)

Slowly heat the heavy cream into a sauce pot on low to med-low heat.

Blend the eggs, gelatin, vanilla and salt in blender.

Once the cream starts to get hot, you will see it slightly steaming, whisk in the egg mixture.

Continue whisking for about 10 minutes.

Take pudding mixture off heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.

Whisk mixture again, pour into small bowls and refrigerate for about 3-5 hours or until set.

If you want a more smooth texture, strain pudding mixture before pouring into bowls.

 

How to Make a Beautiful Charcuterie Board

1 flat wooden cutting board or plank

2-4 different cheeses (about 2-3 ounces of each)

2-4 different cured meats (2 ounces of each)

2 ounces of your favorite whole grain mustard

When selecting your cheeses try to get a combination of each of the following styles:

Soft/mild cheese, hard sharp cheese, funky cheese, or a specialty cheese

When selecting your meats choose your favorite deli meats or try something new.

Charcuterie ideas: prosciutto, salami, mortadella, pastrami, bresaola, deli turkey and ham chunks work, well too!

When arranging your board, be sure all your components are different textures and cuts. For example: Sliced prosciutto, diced ham chunks, sliced and rolled up mortadella, crumbled cheese, diced cheese, shaved cheese, etc.

Place each component on the board with some space in between each one. Do not cram everything right next to each other unless you only have a small platter. Small platter directions below. If using mustard, serve mustard in a small serving bowl and place alongside with meats and cheeses.

If using a small board arrange meats and cheeses as close as possible starting from the inside of the plate to ensure the components are placed evenly throughout the board.

Get creative and have fun!

Pictured is crumbled goat cheese, prosciutto and diced cheddar chunks.

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