The New York Beef Tour was sponsored by the New York Beef Council. All opinions are my own.
Fresh Jalapenos stuffed with a cheesy veal and pork filling and wrapped up in bacon. A delicious and keto friendly appetizer that is high on the fat, low on the carbs, and moderate on the protein. These spicy bites are perfect to serve over the holidays!
I have been following the Keto diet now for well over 2 months. By the end of this month it will be 3 full months. I have been very strict about my diet and what I am allowing myself to eat. I’m so proud of myself too! Last weekend I was in St. Louis for our corporate Christmas Party and I did not eat a single thing off plan! Granted, breakfast was rough because the buffet set out for us was full of carbs. It was kind of disappointed there were no scrambled eggs and bacon. I ended up with about 1/2 cup of berries and a couple cups of coffee holding me off until lunch time.
Back in September, I attended the New York Beef Tour with the New York Beef Council. They took a group of bloggers to Provitello farms where we would see for ourselves how veal is raised. I was quite impressed with the process and also was surprised to find that my conception of what veal is, was completely and totally wrong!
I will share with you just a few things I learned that I was guilty of being ignorant about before this trip! First of all, I had never eaten veal (that I know of). It just was not something I was brought up with, so it never crossed my mind to ever buy it. Sure, I hear talk about how veal was raised, and maybe in some places they are raised in not so good conditions, however, a visit to this farm cleared up for me any misconceptions I had. The veal at Provitello Farms is certainly raised in some of the best conditions.
Jurian (the guy in the photo above talking to the group of us), took us on the tour. This video takes you on a virtual tour of the farm that you can see for yourself. Now to share with you a few things I did not know. Am I the only one who thought that veal was harvested when the calf was very young? Yeah. Not. Read on.
These are new arrivals – 3 to 10 day old calves.
Most veal comes from a bull calf and are a byproduct of the dairy industry. Raising them for veal is a way to utilize them.
- Veal calves arrive to the farm when they are 3-10 days old and weigh about 90-120 pounds.
- At 22 weeks most calves weigh about 450 – 500 pounds and are sent for harvesting.
Overall I was impressed with this tour and appreciated the desire of the New York Beef Council to educate bloggers so we can share with you things we learned. I now have less of a hesitation about eating veal and have done so since I did receive two pounds of it to bring home with me and experiment with! If you’re on the fence and not sure what to think about veal, be sure to visit the farm’s website, read what they have to say, and watch their videos. In a nutshell, you will see everything that I experienced on that day and see for yourself that Veal raised on Provitello farms are raised under the best conditions (see video)
Now onto my recipe!
If you know me well, there are 5 things I always have on hand. That would be beef, butter, bacon, cheese, and jalapenos. If I had to eat just those 5 things for the rest of my life, hey, I’d be pretty darn happy. Beef is fatty enough that you don’t really have to mix it with anything (that is if you buy the 70/30 or 80/20 ratio). However, veal is a little different story. It is very lean, coming in at 2.5 grams of fat per 4 ounces of meat.
For this recipe, I knew I was going to have to add fat and a little flavor. I decided to mix it with pork and add some butter to the skillet when I cooked the meat. I wrapped it in bacon and then, once cooked, served with a dollop of full fat sour cream. Overall I think I did a pretty good job of making this recipe fit into the Keto diet!
Be sure to check out Veal Made Easy website for more recipes made with veal!
- 4 ounces ground veal
- 4 ounces ground pork
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon oregano
- 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 jalapenos cut in half and seeded
- 8 slices bacon, cut in half
- Add butter to hot skillet to melt. Turn down heat to medium. Immediately add veal and pork. Cook until well browned. Stir in chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onions powder, and oregano.
- Remove seasoned, cooked meat from burner and place in mixing bowl. Add cheddar and cream cheese and stir until combined.
- Slice jalapenos in half and remove seeds. Using a teaspoon, fill jalapeno halves with meat filling then wrap with 1/2 slice of bacon. Secure with toothpick if needed.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until bacon is crisp.
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