Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pork belly fries with Not Ketchup {paleo, keto, low carb}

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Pork belly fries. Three of my favorite words in the English language in one sentence.

This meaty snack is as good as it gets, perfect for a Paleo, Whole30 or low carb diet. And it couldn't be easier. Pork belly fries start with uncured pork belly, which my local Costco now carries. You have never seen teenage boys celebrate like mine did on the day they learned pork belly was readily available at Costco.

Then, you cut the pork belly into thin strips and pan-fry them over a low-ish heat in a heavy skillet. When they're golden brown and crisp, you drain them on a plate lined with paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and enjoy.

Not Ketchup Paleo fruit "ketchups," sweetened with real fruit and made without any added sugar, are the perfect dip for these pork belly fries. Use your favorite flavor! I prefer these pork belly fries with Blueberry White Pepper Not Ketchup, but Cherry Chipotle and Spiced Fig were also a hit with my family.

A lot of fat will render out of the pork belly during the cooking process. You should absolutely, positively strain and save it; refrigerated, I've kept it as long as a few months. It's great for pan-frying onions, browning pork chops or even scrambling eggs. The flavor you get from cooking in pork fat is unbelievably delicious.

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Pork belly fries with Not Ketchup {Paleo, keto, low carb}
Pan-fried nuggets of pork belly make a gloriously meaty, savory snack. Serve with Not Ketchup paleo BBQ sauce.
Slice the pork belly into thin batons, about 1 inch wide. Use a paper towel to blot them, making sure the pork belly pieces are dry.Put the pork belly pieces into a large, heavy skillet (do not preheat the skillet). Over a medium-low flame, cook the pork belly fries, turning frequently, until crisp and golden, about 15-20 minutes.Remove the pork belly fries to a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt. Serve hot with Not Ketchup for dipping.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 servings


Ohneclue said...

The "No Added Sugar" BBQ sauce is full of "natural sugar" which is just as bad as added sugar in case you didn't realize that. Concentrated sugar in dates and raisins is NOT metabolized in a different pathway in our livers. I will not be buying any for this reason.

Erika Kerekes said...

Judith, I appreciate your point of view. That said, my sauces are made with whole fruits, including all the fiber and micronutrients, and contain far less TOTAL sugar than most BBQ sauces and ketchups. For people who are looking for a healthier alternative to most of the things on the shelf, I believe Not Ketchup is an excellent option and am proud to be producing something that helps us limit our sugar intake. If you are a person who eschews all fruit entirely, then you're pretty limited in terms of condiment choices in general, but of course everyone should feel free to follow his or her own path.

Camilla M. Mann said...

Okay. How have I never imagined pork belly fries?!? I need this in my life ASAP. I typically wouldn't, but feel the need to address the "natural sugar" comment of the reader above. Years ago, I purged my kitchen of anything that included High Fructose Corn Syrup; I taught my kids to read labels; and I try to avoid anything with ADDED sugar. That being said, sugars occur naturally in fruit. Sugar, in and of itself, isn't bad for you. PROCESSED sugars are. If you avoid sugars of all kinds, fine; that's a lifestyle choice. But to say that fruit sugars are just as bad as processed sugars is simply false.

Stephanie Weaver said...

Oh, we are eating mostly paleo these days and I had never considered buying pork belly and making "fries". It sounds like a decadent treat! I agree about saving the rendered pork fat... makes greens amazing! I do so appreciate products like Not Ketchup and Tessemae's, which use only fruit for sweetening. I think sauces like that in moderation in a paleo diet really add to enjoyment. And the nutrient-dense nature of fruits like dates adds to the nutrition. Because after all, I'm not eating by the cupful... it's just as a dipping sauce. Thank you for raising awareness of healthy eating through your blog!

Unknown said...

As a cancer survivor and good food advocate, I often share bottles of "Not Ketchup" with my friends. Why? Because Erika's greatness means that I am making the world better-- one bottle at a time.

Dana Shrager said...

Oh, wow. These fries are a genius idea. I'm a ketchup girl, so I think I'll be dipping mine into Fruitchup, which has no processed ingredients and half the total sugar of traditional ketchup. A girl's gotta dip.

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