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Sheftalia – a Keto Mediterranean version

Sheftalia could be the most popular thing anyone remembers after visiting Cyprus. It’s even more famous than Halloumi cheese. But don’t think that sausages wrapped in caul fat don’t exist in other European cuisines. The French call it crépinette and they wrap just about any meat in pig caul fat and then grill or roast them. In Cyprus, it’ll depend on the side of the island you landed on, they will be made with a mix of pork and lamb or just pure lamb. Now, even though we are Greeks, in this case, we will give the medal to the Turkish version because Lamb is the healthiest meat on earth. On the other side, pork could be the least healthy meat to choose if you are fighting against inflammation! So, we wanted to make it healthier, KMD and delicious. Did we succeed? Oh boy, did we succeed… 🙂

Sheftalia, the KMD version

We edited the traditional recipe and we did it to the full potential: We care a lot about the flavour and texture, but more than that, we care about the level of healthiness our recipes offer. Allow us to explain how we fixed this traditional recipe and how we teleported Sheftalia to our Keto Mediterranean universe.

Here’s what we excluded:

  1. Pork – On so many occasions we explained why pork and chicken should not be a part of Keto Mediterranean diet. There are reasons that the meat of the pig becomes more saturated with toxins than other farm animals. In this article, you will find all the details! Let’s just mention, pork offers predominantly omega-6 and almost no omega-3 fatty acids.
  2. Bread – Who needs bread in sausage when you have eggs? We blame bread in sausages and burgers for making this food unhealthy. Don’t forget, mixing carbohydrates with fat always results in lipogenesis.

Greek goes Keto Sheftelia spice mix

When it comes to culinary art, you simply have to have patience while preparing sheftalia. We went to a local market to get all the fresh ingredients, from meat, eggs to onion, garlic, parsley, celery and thyme. However, if you live somewhere where there are no farmers markets, you can use dried herbs and spices. A good food processor is also important here, but you can also use a blender. After all, it’s all about preparation: You could chop all the ingredients with a sharp knife, but then you’ll spend an hour just chopping the herbs and spices. 😉 Whatever is easier for you! Just remember, Mediterranean cooking is all about sharing and spending time with family and friends. This is, by far, the most important detail of our cuisine!
Let’s get to work

If you live in the USA and can’t find lamb caul fat, we’ve got you covered 😉

Sheftalia – a Keto Mediterranean version

Recipe by Roberta KapsalisCourse: Main courseCuisine: Keto MediterraneanDifficulty: Medium
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Ingredients

  • 700g (25 oz) minced lamb

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 medium onion

  • 8 cloves garlic

  • 4-5 branches fresh parsley (or 1 tbsp dried)

  • 2 branches fresh celery (or 1 tsp dried)

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped thyme (or 1 tsp dried)

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

  • 1 tsp red paprika powder

  • 2/3 tsp dried oregano

  • 100 ml extra virgin olive oil

  • Lamb caul fat (cut into 12 pieces 10×10 cm or 4×4 inch)

  • 1 tbsp lamb or beef tallow for frying/grilling on a grilling pan

Directions

  • Place olive oil, onion, garlic, eggs and all other spices in a processor and process for 40 seconds. Now add the meat and process at a lower speed.
  • Cut lamb caul fat into 12 pieces 10×10 cm. Create small sausages from the meat mixture and place them on each of the pieces of lamb caul fat. Wrap them and tap them in on the sides.
  • Place some tallow on your grilling pan, a teaspoon will be enough. Preheat the pan to medium-high temperature. Place sheftelia(s) in the pan and fry them for 5 minutes from each side. you can also cover the pan with a lid to speed the inner cooking.
  • You can serve them with tzatziki dip or a bowl of nice Greek salad!

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Traditionally, Sheftelias are grilled on a carbon grill. You can also use a gas or an electric grill. However, If you decide to grill them on a regular grill, make sure you turn them often so they don’t burn.

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