Fair season calls for Philly Cheese…chops? Yes. CheeseCHOP. And it’s keto!

Philly cheesechops
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We are right in the middle of fair season here in New England. Some of our biggest ones are in the fall, usually starting about Labor Day weekend and going through the end of the month. This weekend starts the one closest to me which is also one of the most popular and largest in the region. No, we won’t be going as we don’t like crowds and rides. It would be fun to go look at all the FOOOOOOOD but we also know the food for the most part will not be keto-friendly – lots of fried dough, sub rolls, burger rolls, french fries, onion rings, cotton candy… Sorry, that wasn’t very nice, was it? LOL. One of my favorites when I used to go to fairs as a kid was a Philly Cheesesteak. Mmmm. Peppers, onions, and beef loaded up on a sub roll and topped with a slab of cheese. We know the sub rolls is out, right? Or is it…

No it isn’t.
We can make keto rolls that will make you forget all about a wheat-sugar-gluten-carb-loaded hunk of bread. There are many different recipes out there for keto rolls and I welcome you to try them all and find the one that really tickles you. For me, no surprise, it is my own creation that I like the best :). The key things for me when it comes to a roll or bread in general are lightness, holes, and can it toast.

These hit all the markers.
Look at that texture.

Philly cheesechops

So, we have holes. We have lightness (you’ll have to take my word on that one but yes, they are light).

Can it toast?

Yes. Yes it can 🙂

Philly cheesechops

Oh, and one other very important thing about it. It has to be SIMPLE to make. No separating\folding\spindle\mutilate. If you’ve followed me for a bit, you already know that :). You can find the complete recipe here.

Now, what do we put on them? Oh yeh, Cheesesteak! Unfortunately, we are out of beef until our order comes in so I had to mix things up a little. What about a Philly-style CheeseCHOP?
No, I’m not crazy.
Ok, maybe just a little:)

Philly cheesechops

I got this idea to do a non-traditional pulled pork recipe using a couple of loin chops – skipping the BBQ-style seasoning for something more savory. It works. Toss in some peppers, onions, mushrooms, then drop it on a toasted roll, a few slices of cheese and VOILA!! CheeseCHOP!! The Hobbit just invented something new! GO HOBBIT!

Sorry, I got a little excited 🙂

Here’s how it goes:

Ingredients (serves 2):

2 Keto dog\sub rolls – sliced and toasted
1/2lb pork loin chop (or any lean pork)
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
1/4 cup sliced onions (optional)
1/4 cupe sliced peppers (optional)
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
4 slices of cheese of your choice (I used provolone)

Mix up the seasonings in the water, then pour into your crockpot. Add the pork. Set it on high for one hour, then turn down to low for 5-6 hours or until pork is soft and falls apart easy when poked with a fork. Remove lid. Saute up the onions\peppers\mushrooms if so desired and add them to the crockpot. Let cook on HIGH for 30 more minutes.

Lay out your sliced rolls on a baking sheet. Mound up the pork mixture

Philly cheesechops

then top with cheese. Place under the broiler for a few minutes until cheese is melted. Put top on roll, slice in half, serve with tots or your side of choice, and channel your inner fair-goer!!

Philly cheesechops

Nutrition info (1 sandwich with roll): Calories: 380, Fat: 23g, Protein: 42, Carbs: 2, Fiber: 1, Net Carbs: 1

Hey, if you read this and like it, feel free to give me some feedback in the comments. I’d love to hear from everyone on what they think of my ‘creations.’ If you have questions, ask! If you hate them, tell me :). If you do your own tweaks, let me know, I love to learn new things!!

~The Hobbit

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