Delicious low carb biscuits made with bacon fat and baked in a skillet. These cheesy ranch biscuits are a crowd pleaser!
If you’re like me, you religiously save all the bacon grease from every single time you fry bacon. You know it’s good stuff, you know it’s healthy and you can’t bear to see it wasted. Especially the uncured variety, all that wonderful smoked pork fat that ends up in the bottom of your pan. And then you end up with so much of it, you wonder what the heck to do with it all. Okay, yes, it’s very good for frying other things and makes for the best eggs and the best sautéed veggies. But sometimes you aren’t making that many eggs or sautéed veggies. You’re grilling out a lot in the summer and you’ll cause a grease fire if you attempt to baste your grilled foods in leftover bacon grease. So you see that ramekin of bacon-y deliciousness staring reproachfully at you in the fridge, and it makes you feel guilty. You know you need to use it, but what to use it in?
Well, why not use it in place of the 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 on a fancy cake to serve to company, it might be a little strange. Although I would probably try it myself. I love bacon in sweet applications so why not bacon grease in my chocolate cake? Or bacon fat brownies? Or bacon fat chocolate chip cookies! Oh wow, I may have just sparked a whole new set of ideas for myself here. Give me a moment, would you? I need to just sit here and mull it over and bask in the gloriousness of these ideas.
Okay, back to the topic at hand. What I was really thinking of was the baked breads and biscuits and such that would do well from the added flavours of bacon drippings. In fact, this idea originally started out as an intention to make some low carb bacon fat biscuits. But as so many of my recipe ideas are wont to do, it evolved a few times and ended up as a biscuit dough-based bubble bread. Round balls of low carb biscuit dough packed together in a skillet and topped with cheese and bacon. Made with bacon fat instead of butter, naturally. And why not throw a bit of ranch seasonings in while I was at it?
Oh, bacon grease. The divine source of inspiration. What do you use your bacon grease for?
Cheesy Bacon Ranch Bubble Bread
- 2 cups almond flour
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup unflavoured whey protein powder or powdered egg whites
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- ¼ cup chilled bacon fat or cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup cooked crumbled bacon (4 to 6 slices)
- Preheat oven to 325F and grease a 10-inch ovenproof skillet (it does not need to be cast iron).
- In a large bowl, whisk 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.
- Cut in bacon fat or butter with a pastry cutter or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in eggs and almond milk until well combined.
- Shape by hand into 1-inch balls and place in prepared skillet. Sprinkle all over with cheese and bacon.
- Bake about 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly and any exposed bread is golden brown.
- Remove and let cool enough to cut into pieces, or allow people to reach in and pull apart.
Total fat: 23.84g
Calories from fat: 214
Total dietary fiber: 4.45g