Grain Free Pigs in the Blanket or Biscuit Dogs
I don’t eat many hot dogs, but when I want one, I want one. If I were Retro Rose, I’d head to Costco for the best $1.50 hot dog you can buy.
However, for now, Doug and I are following the keto diet and that means no bun, not even a gluten free bun. This also means I get very creative in the kitchen. Sometimes I wrap a dog in my grain free tortillas.
Sometimes I made cheesy grain-free pigs in the blanket using the batter from these grain free biscuits or as I like to call them, biscuit dogs.
Why We Eat Grain Free (most of the time)
I am not an evangelist for keto, and more of a proponent of eating as grain free as possible 80% of the time. I also know all bodies are different.
My body gets fat on carbs. My husband gets brain fog on carbs, but doesn’t gain the weight I do. You must find what works for you, but if you’re avoiding grains, carbs or foods that spike in blood sugar, I’m happy to offer some creative alternatives.
This is Not a Keto or Gluten Free Blog – It’s a Big Fat Healthy Food Blog
This doesn’t mean we will never eat carbs again. We will. But we are mindful, and will not make it a three times a day habit. I have gotten some rude emails from people upset because I use Swerve or upset because I post non-keto recipes. To this I say go somewhere that makes you happy. This is NOT a keto blog. This is not a gluten free blog. This is not a grain free blog. This is a big fat healthy blog that presents options.
Like it or leave it, but don’t write me demanding I cook for you as if I’m your personal chef. Don’t screen shot my posts and send me a lecture in all caps. Move along into your kitchen or move along to another blog.
STOP THE FOOD SHAMING! The climate is rough out there and hate mail is the new Valentine. I got a doozy from a 73 year old woman, so we cannot blame this on millenials.
Why I am Making a Lot of Keto Recipes Lately
We have seen this diet change a few lives, and it’s not just about weight loss.
Doug’s colleague was and still is having serious neurological issues including a swollen brain stem. Most doctors had not been able to figure it out or offer much relief. One doctor recommended the keto diet and so far, it’s been the only that thing that has given him decent improvement. The keto diet originally was prescribed for people with seizures.
I’m not a doctor and I don’t know why this works, but I do know many people have been helped in various ways from following this diet, and it’s not always about losing weight. It’s about healing.
My best friend lost over 40 pounds on the keto diet, but that’s not the most important part of her keto experience. Her daily headaches and joint pains disappeared and her serious craving for sugar ended. Mr. Spinach Tiger has lost 12 pounds and his skin issue (face race which needs daily cream) has cleared up. He says that the way he notices the effects the most is when he goes off of keto and eats sugar or heavy carb dinner. He will wake up with a food hangover and brain fog.
As for me, I’m in the odd category of a very moderate weight loss. (more on that in a future post). I have a hypo-thyroid condition (hashimotos) and not much weight to lose (maybe 6-10 pounds). I’m eat this way because I don’t want to eat foods that spike my blood sugar, I don’t want weight gain, and I want good brain focus.
I can also go very long periods without eating or having cravings. This diet has enabled me to cook all this food I cook, get through all the holidays without a single ounce of weight gain, and splurge a bit on the weekends for my “Crushing on Nashville Restaurant” Series. The funny thing is I didn’t start losing weight until I added in Vitamin D, when I found out I was deficient.
It’s the first eating plan for weight loss and health improvement that we found works easier as a lifestyle without the diet/binge fallback. We have not approached this as a quick weight loss boom. It’s more of a way to enjoy food without weight gain and aiding our health in the meantime. Doug’s 12lbs weight loss happened over a period of two months, not one week!
Biscuit Wrapped Grain Free Pigs in a Blanket
Eating grain free and low-carb has caused me to get very creative in the kitchen and push a few envelopes to see what happens.
During this year’s super bowl party, I decided to test out the idea of wrapping all beef hot dogs in my grain free biscuit recipe a grain free pigs in a blanket recipe. I like Trader Joe’s Grass fed hot dogs and Boar’s Head hot dogs.
Putting the biscuit batter around the dogs is a litle tricky, but with a little patience, it works well, especially with a sprinkle of poppy seeds. During the last few minutes of baking, I sprinkle with cheddar cheese and put back in the oven until melted.
Cheesy Grain Free Pigs in a Blanket Can be Made Ahead, Frozen and Reheated
This is the best news. I made the whole package and froze what we didn’t eat. The next day, I reheated two in the oven at 400 degrees F. and they were delicious. I made some of them into mini grain free pigs in a blanket, which is great for quick snacking. All you need is mustard. Enjoy!
- 8 all beef hot dogs (see notes)
- 5 egg whites
- dash cream of tartar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
- ¾ cups almond flour
- 3 tablespoons coconut flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (won't use all)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degress F.
- Mix almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, pepper.
- Mix with cold butter.
- Whip Egg whites until stiff. Add a dash of cream of tartar.
- Mix dry ingredients with egg whites. Doug will be very wet.
- Using your hands, wrap biscuit dough around each hot dog.
- Spray your baking pan.
- Place on pan. Sprinkle each with a little bit of poppy seeds
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Check to see if the bottoms are golden brown. Turn over for a two minutes.
- Turn back over, cover with cheese, bake until cheese melts.
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