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Broccoli & Mushroom Braid (Keto and Low-Carb)

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli can use frozen broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped frsh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

For the bread

  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tsp of yeast for flavor
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder optional
  • 2 tsp of Italian seasoning optional
  • 1 egg

Instructions

Making the filling

  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, saute until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and cook until starting to get tender, add mushrooms; cook until tender. Sir in basil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  • Let cool slightly. Then add mozzarella to filling.

Making the bread

  • Preheat oven to 375 to 400 degrees (depends on your oven).
  • Line a large rectangle pan with parchment paper.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl combine all bread ingredients, except for the egg.
  • Heat in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 min, stirring every 30 sec.
  • Add egg.
  • Mix very well until a dough forms.
  • Place dough on the parchment-lined pan and spread out into a rectangle about 15- x 12-inch. It helps to wet your hands slightly as you work so the dough does not stick to you. You can also use a silicone spatula.

Filling bread

  • Spoon mixture down the center of the dough, leaving a 3-inch border on all sides.
  • Using a pizza cutter or a knife, cup dough on both sides of filling, starting at outside edge, into 1-inch strips, just to the filling.
  • Fold the dough strips diagonally across the filling, alternating sides to create a braid design. Pinch the last strip under to seal.
  • Bake until golden, 35-40 minutes. Making sure top does not over-cook, cover if needed. Transfer bread to a wire rack to cool.