I’ve posted my Tuna Cheesies , a long-time family favorite snack, some time back. A number of you have tried and loved them. Those are made and served on low-carb crackers. Today for lunch, I wanted to “push the diet envelope” and take these to an even lower carb level and try them without actual crackers! I had a piece of cured ham leftover from breakfast, so I decided to make my “crackers” from that fried ham. What a GOOD IDEA that turned out to be! At first, I was not sure ham and tuna would go well together together. Well, I’m here to tell you they are wonderful together! The cheese rounds out the flavor profile quite nicely! Sometimes cooking whims really do work! If you’ll let these slightly cool a bit before serving, they are easier to lift off the pan with a thin spatula and easier to hold in your hand for eating. Plus…….you won’t burn the top of your mouth with the very hot, gooey cheese. These tasty snacks are suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and for those Primal Blueprint folks that consume the occasional dairy.
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VARIATION: Use diagonally sliced pieces, pre-browned smoked sausage in place of ham.
4 oz. fried, cured ham
4 oz. (slices) American Deluxe or Cheddar cheese, shredded
½ small pouch (1.3 oz) water-pack tuna
Dash onion powder
Dash cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. softened butter
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350º. Slice ham off into ¼” slices and then cut those into 16 pieces. Place them on a parchment-lined pan with ample space between them, as the cheese topping will sprawl beyond the ham bits during cooking. Place remaining ingredients in a small bowl and mix well with a fork until the butter is binding the cheese and tuna together nicely. Spoon or fork about 1 T. of the mixture onto each slice of ham, evenly distributing any that is left over. Slightly press the mixture down with fingers or your fork if it seems a bit “loosey-goosey”, as I call it when a mixture isn’t cohesive enough. Pop the pan into a hot 350º oven for about 10 minutes or just until the cheese-tuna mixture melts. It will spread over and beyond the ham most likely. Remove pan from oven and cool a couple minutes. Using a thin metal spatula, remove the cheesies from the pan to a serving platter and serve at once.
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 16 cheesies, each contains:
48.6 calories, 3.75 g fat, 0.36 g carbs, 0.0 g fiber, 0.36 g NET CARBS, 3.38 g protein, 187 mg sodium