As always for Thanksgiving, my family cooks both a turkey and a spiral cut ham. You know the ham that comes with the plastic package of brown sugar and spices to make a honey glaze. As expected the cooking duties fall upon me an rightly so, it sorta comes with the territory of being the chef in the family. Because my wife and I have embarked on our low carbohydrate high fat journey (LCHF), it was time to throw away the brown sugar glaze packet and come up with another type of glaze for the ham. The package for the glaze did not have any nutritional information on it however it contents included brown sugar, refined sugar, and powdered molasses. Suffice it to say it had more carbohydrates than either of us was willing to have.
The first thing that came into my mind was honey mustard, but I really did not want to add the carbohydrates from even 2 tablespoons of honey (34 carbs). However, I figured that since we have been using liquid sucralose, that I could come up with a quick recipe to make a honey mustard dip and or salad dressing that would work as a glaze. So in this article I will show you how to make my version of a LCHF faux honey mustard dressing that is quick, delicious, and your family and or your guests will never know that it is not made with honey. Best of all it contains almost no carbohydrates.
You can search the internet and find a variety of LCHF style honey mustard recipes, but many of them still use honey as their primary sweetener. Granted that 2 tablespoons of honey would only increase the overall carbohydrate count of the total recipe to 36 carbohydrates (2.25 per tablespoon) , I really wanted to make this recipe as low carb as possible, while retaining the flavor of a quality homemade honey mustard dressing. As I try and do for all of our LCHF recipes, I have included the nutritional information of a few commercial brands so that you can compare the nutritional data.
LCHF Honey Mustard (1 cup, 16 tablespoons)
½ cup LCHF mayonnaise or regular mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 drops of liquid sucralose (equal to 1 tablespoon sugar)
1 – 2 pinches of salt
Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and combine with a wire whip or spoon. Place in a mason jar and or other container and place in the fridge until ready to use.
Chef's Note – I think the combination of the three mustards give this dressing a fantastic depth of flavor that is hard to beat. You can use any type of mustard that you want to make this recipe, however if you only want to use one type of mustard I would suggest Dijon, but if regular yellow is all you have, that's fine, it will still make a great dressing, it will however, not have the subtle flavors of this particular recipe.
Total Recipe – Calories 793, protein 3.8 grams, fat 85 grams, carbohydrates 3.8 grams
Per Tablespoon – Calories 50, protein 0.23 grams, fat 5.31 grams, carbohydrates 0.23 grams
Kraft Honey Mustard Dressing & Dip
Per Tablespoon – Calories 45, protein 0 grams, fat 3 grams, carbohydrates 4 grams
Ken's Steakhouse Honey Mustard Dressing
Per Tablespoon – Calories 65, protein 0 grams, fat 5.5 grams, carbohydrates 3 grams
Wishbone Honey Mustard Dressing
Per Tablespoon – Calories 60, protein 0 grams, fat 6 grams, carbohydrates 3 grams
A quick comparison of the commercially prepared honey mustard sauces versus our LCHF version made with liquid sucralose reveals that the honey mustard dressing sold on most supermarket shelves contains 13 times more carbohydrates per tablespoon (3 / 0.23 = 13.04). Just in case you are wondering the prepared honey mustard dressing contains 92% more carbohydrates. Even I was amazed by this number. For more information of liquid sucralose as an alternative zero calorie sweetener, check out our article on the blog regarding 'Liquid Sucralose'.
Well I did not manage to get this recipe posted before Thanksgiving, if you are going to prepare a ham for Christmas, this might be a good LCHF glaze option for you. Brush it on the ham during the last 30 minutes of baking. My suggestion would be to mix equal parts of the LCHF honey mustard salad dressing with equal parts of the pan juices before basting the ham.
As a salad dressing or dipping sauce, the commercially prepared versions of honey mustard are no match, this recipe has a flavor profile that they simply cannot compare with. If you like bold and spicy flavors, try adding some cayenne pepper, hot sauce or horseradish to the sauce. I think you will be amazed how versatile this recipe is.
So if you are a diabetic looking for a good honey mustard dressing alternative that will not cause your blood sugars to rise, then this a great salad dressing and dipping sauce for you and your family. If you are actively engaged in living the LCHF lifestyle, then this is another salad dressing and dipping sauce to add to your growing repertoire of sauces and dips that will help your maintain your LCHF goals. As always, I hope you have found this article to be informative and helpful and if so we ask that you share it with your friends. Don't forget to send us a friend request on Facebook on our page CulinaryYouLCHF or add us to your groups on Google+.
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