Sustenance is not the sole purpose of food. It’s also considered art. Our senses are interrelated so we feel more pleasure when a dish does not only satisfy our taste buds but our eyes as well. One way of showcasing culinary creativity, especially when hosting parties, are appetizers. This article provides some keto appetizers that are low-carb and visually appealing.
What is An Appetizer?
Appetizers are dishes served in small portions prior to the main course. These are meant to occupy the guests and stimulate their appetite as they wait for the central dish to be served. The history of appetizers goes way back to ancient Greece and Rome when people often socialized while having little pieces of fruit, cheese, fish, and olives.
The literal translation for the French name for appetizers—hors d’oeuvre—is “outside of the masterpiece.” Wealthy Frenchmen often reflected their affluent lifestyles in their cuisine from the late seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. Guests were offered fancy morsels while waiting for the revelation of a gourmet “masterpiece.”
According to Walter Potenza, Director of Chef Walters Cooking School, Americans adapted the hors d’oeuvre and served them not primarily as stimulants but side dishes for refreshing the palate. Today, people offer appetizers to guests as party snacks that may or may not be followed by a main dish. In casual settings and some certain formal events such as press conferences and art exhibits, appetizers are usually served on their own—not as part of a multiple-course meal.
Top 10 Keto Appetizers You Must Try
The ingredients for keto appetizers must be low in carbs and high in fat. It’s also good to get high-quality fats from food items such as vegetable oils and grass-fed butter. Without further ado, here are the top 10 keto appetizers guaranteed to impress your guests.
1. Devilled Eggs
Boil six eggs. Meanwhile, prepare your mayonnaise. In a tall glass, combine an egg, two egg yolks, a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, ½ cup of melted coconut oil, ¾ cup of olive oil, a pinch of paprika, and two drops of liquid sugar-free sweetener. Using an immersion blender, emulsify the mixture until you achieve your desired consistency.
Remove the shells and slice the eggs in half. Take out the yolks and mix with four tablespoons of mayonnaise. Add a pinch of ground black pepper, oregano, and paprika to the mashed yolks. Put them back to the halves of egg white. Garnish with some chopped parsley. This recipe makes 12 servings.
2. Cloud Bread Italian Bruschetta
In this recipe, the baguette is replaced with cloud bread. You’ll need three eggs, a teaspoon of powdered erythritol, three tablespoons of softened cream cheese, and ¼ teaspoon of cream of tartar. Separate the yolks from the egg whites. In a bowl, whisk the yolks with the cream cheese and the sweetener. In a separate bowl, mix the egg whites and the cream of tartar. Combine the two mixtures and whisk until thoroughly incorporated. Set one-tablespoon scoops of the mixture on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Bake for about 25-30 minutes at 300 °F.
Cooldown the freshly baked cloud bread for several minutes. Brush the surface with olive oil and toast in the oven for another two minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the toppings by combining half a cup of diced tomatoes, ¼ cup of diced red onions, and some chopped basil in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a half teaspoon of garlic powder. Toss until completely mixed. Add some mozzarella to the toasts and top each with the seasoned tomatoes. Garnish with some more basil and cheese.
3. Avocado Bruschetta
Follow the recipe for cloud bread. For the toppings, dice two avocados, a small red onion, and two tomatoes. Add ¼ cup of chopped cilantro, the juice of one lime, one and a half tablespoon of olive oil, and a half teaspoon of garlic powder. Top the toasts with the mixture and garnish with more cilantro and grated grass-fed cheese.
4. Cucumber and Ham Cheese Rolls
You’ll need eight very thin slices of cucumber, four cooked slices of ham, eight one-inch cheese cubes, some mayonnaise, finely ground black pepper and smoked paprika. Cut the ham slices lengthwise. Add some mayo on each slice of ham and use it to cover a cube of cheese. Cover the ham and cheese with a slice of cucumber. Top each roll with a basil leaf and an olive. Keep everything in place using a toothpick. Shake some black pepper and smoked paprika on the rolls. This recipe makes eight servings.
5. Bacon-wrapped Sausages
Follow the recipe above but make these alterations: Remove the cucumber and replace the ham with bacon, and the cheese with Italian sausages. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 °F. Add some grated cheese on top and bake for another two minutes. Stick a toothpick on each wrap.
6. Chicken Liver Pate
In a saucepan, combine a half pound chicken liver, some chopped onion, a garlic clove, a bay leaf, half a teaspoon of chopped rosemary, some peppercorn, a pinch of salt, two teaspoons of Scotch whiskey, and a half cup of water. Cover and bring to a boil. Process everything in a food processor with a stick of grass-fed butter. Move to a bowl, cover with some cling wrap, and allow to set for a few minutes. Serve with cloud bread.
7. Baked Peppers
Slice off the top of four red, four green, and four yellow bell peppers. Remove the seeds and inner core. Crack an egg in each pepper. Season them with salt, pepper, and oregano. Top with some grated grass-fed cheese. Bake the peppers for about 10 minutes at 350 °F.
8. Tuna and Peppers Crostini
Cut some keto bread into small pieces about three to four inches wide. Make sure that the bread is made from a keto-friendly flour alternative like coconut flour. Brush the bread with grass-fed butter. Toast in the oven for three minutes at 300 °F. Top each toast with some drained canned tuna and sliced red bell peppers.
9. Avocado and Salmon Crostini
Follow the recipe above. Instead of the tuna and red bell peppers, add some smoked salmon and diced avocado on top of each toast.
10. Creamy Pizza Balls
In a bowl, mix four ounces of cream cheese, two tablespoons of chopped parsley, and two tablespoons of tomato puree. Dice 15 pepperoni slices and six pitted black olives. Add these to the cream cheese mixture and season with salt and pepper. Form into balls and put each on top of a pepperoni slice. Garnish with a parsley leaf and half an olive. Stick a toothpick on each ball.