When I first started the keto diet, I immediately had cravings for the bread I craved. I longed for sandwiches, bagels, pizza and burgers with buns. I’m sure anyone on a ketogenic diet can sympathize, especially if you walk into a Subway or Jimmy Johns where the bread beckons like the sun in spring. Over the last year, I’ve found many alternative solutions that are quite tasty including the star of this show, mortadella. Since starting the ketogenic diet, wraps and flatbreads have become quite popular, and they allow me the joy of having a sandwich or pizza without the carbs. I thought a low-carb bread was the best place to start.
Finding the Ingredients
When looking to make a sandwich, the first step was to a great sandwich was to find an acceptable wrap, and I’ve found two excellent ones. The first time I had them, I fell in love with Mama Lupe’s Low Carb Tortillas and Flatout Multi Grain with Flax Flatbreads. Since finding the bread I like, I was delighted to find a great sandwich I can make on-the-go just like before starting a keto diet.
Last year I was in Rome, and while I was there, I took it upon myself to try the cold cuts beyond standard prosciutto. On the way back to my hotel, I entered a tiny grocery market a block away from my hotel near the Colosseum. Inside, there were typical products on the shelves and there was a small refrigerated section in the back. It was my destination, and when I arrived at the refrigerated case, I filled my grocery basket so I could indulge in different cold cuts and cheeses. When I returned to my hotel room, I decided to try a few things. I had minimal expectations about what I would get but was taken over with joy when I had the mortadella. This bologna is no Oscar Meyer. It is a real bologna with incredible flavor, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
When I returned home to Texas, I immediately went to our Central Market, which
has the most delectable deli I’ve ever seen this side of the Atlantic. At the store, I approached the deli counter and scanned the front of the twelve-foot window casing housing the meats. Holding my breath, I reached the section of the casing with salamis and prosciutto. It was large and I had to review the contents a few times, but I saw it! Right before my eyes were two giant rolls of Levoni Mortadella!
The deli guys should know me by know because I’m always there getting it. Not only does it taste great, but it is also a perfect food for a keto diet. It’s high in fat and low in protein, plus, it has no carbs.
Making the Wrap
So one day I started experimenting, trying to create a sandwich that would fill my craving to hold the bread covering delicious meat and cheese, just like before my keto diet. At the time, I started with the only “bread” I had, my tortillas. Then I continued with my other favorite treat that a coworker mentioned to me, that is Bel Gioioso mascarpone cheese, which is the only zero-carb mascarpone cheese I’ve found. It is also high in fat with no carbs and minimal protein. Now, I have a low-carb tortilla, mascarpone cheese, and mortadella. Then, with a little mayo, mustard, avocado, and lettuce, you’ve got a sandwich delight! Now, let’s get down to this keto dream sandwich’s details.
- Measuring Spoons
- Food Scale (Optional)
- 1 Mama Lupe Tortilla
- 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
- 25 g mortadella
- 1 teaspoon mayonnaise
- mustard (as desired)
- 25 g sliced avocado
- 1 piece lettuce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Lay the tortilla on a clean, flat surface
- Spread the mascarpone cheese evenly around the tortilla.
- Place on a food scale, tare and add the mortadella, or simply add 1 slice of mortadella.
- Spread the mayonnaise and mustard on top of the mortadella.
- Add the avocado slices on half of the circle.
- Salt and pepper as desired
- Top with lettuce and fold in half for a fantastic keto wrap
- Serves 1
- Calories 375
- Fat 35
- Saturated Fat 16
- Carbohydrates 5.5
- Fiber 3
- Protein 11