I stumbled across this recipe by accident. You see I liked my mortadella in a sandwich sliced very thin, almost translucent. Anything else would just not do for me.
So when my partner brought home some mortadella for me, I was disappointed as the deli sliced it too thick for my liking. I was about to throw it out but decided to fry it up to see what it would taste like.
Needless to say I really enjoyed this one ingredient recipe and now want to share it with you. It's also a perfect keto option to a side of fried eggs and will also make a great carnivore snack. Do I even call it a recipe since it's only one ingredient?
Ok, does this even need a heading? I can't believe I am making this a recipe but when I shard it on social people asked me to make it a recipe, so here it is.
Mortadella: an italian luncheon meat made of finely hashed or ground cured pork, traditionally flavoured with black peppercorns.
Steps by step instructions
How to make Fried Mortadella?
STEP 1: Stack 3 slices of mortadella and cut into strips.
STEP 2: Transfer mortadella strips to a skillet over medium heat. Using tongs toss the strips occasionally until they get nice and crispy.
STEP 3: Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to catch any grease.
The mortadella will create some grease in the frying pan which I used to fry two eggs to go with it. It's a perfect combination and an alternative to making bacon and eggs.
Top tip: if using light mortadella you may want to add some olive oil to the skillet before frying.
Alternatively you can fry the full slices of mortadella and make a fried mortadella sandwich. It's similar to a bologna sandwich although I would use a low carb bread.
Some may add yellow mustard to it but as an italian that would be blasphemous.
Check out my Muffaletta Olive Spread for another recipe to use on a sandwich.
Frequently asked questions
Mortadella has cubes of fat that break up the meat where bologna emulsifies the fat with the meat.
I enjoy the crispy fried keto mortadella with fried eggs. However, the deli sliced mortadella is great in a (low carb) sandwich with provolone and slices of tomatoes.
Since this is only a one ingredient recipe which is meat, it contains zero carb making it keto, low carb, carnivore and diabetic friendly.
Crispy Keto Fried Mortadella Chips
- 3 slices mortadella sliced ¼" thick
- 1 teaspoon olive oil optional if using light mortadella
- Slice mortadella into strips
- Pan fry in a medium skillet over medium heat until crispy.
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- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
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