Who doesn’t love creamy fried goodness? I know I can’t get enough of it. About a year ago I shared my recipe for traditional Russian syrniki. They’re a hit around here. Delicious and creamy, then pan-fried in coconut oil. Even better when topped with sour cream and something sweet.
I’ve been craving syrniki as of late, however I’ve been on a diet and unable to enjoy them! I started THM, which is a diet plan that has different meal types. Some meals with moderate carbs and low fat, some with plenty of healthy fats and low carbs, and some have both if you’re trying to maintain or gain weight. I really enjoy this diet, because I can get all the carbs and fats my body needs, but while losing weight.
My original syrniki has plenty of healthy fats, so I needed to reduce the carbs. I first tried making them grain-free. Failure. I tried adding in some oat fiber hoping it would help them stand up while cooking. I must say, when the second failure comes after midnight when you’ve been sick and are starving it can be rather emotional. Thankfully I woke up the next morning knowing what I needed to do, and it worked! Instead of trying to take out all of the all-purpose flour I reduced it by two thirds, and supplemented with oat fiber, which has zero net carbs. Finally I could have my creamy fried goodness.
The cheese in these really give it a delicious flavor and texture. Think of a a mix of pancakes and cheesecake, then fried. Just talking about it makes me hungry. My favorite toppings for these are sour cream with orange marmalade or macerated strawberries (strawberries coated in sweetener then allowed to sit for a few minutes ’til juicy).
- 1 cup strained cottage cheese or farmers cheese
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour or sprouted flour
- 2 Tbsp oat fiber
- 3 Tbsp Truvia
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- coconut oil
- topping of choice
- Place cottage cheese in a fine mesh sieve over a bowl or the sink and stir to get out as much extra whey (liquid) as possible. Measure out one cup and add to a blender along with egg, Truvia, and vanilla. Blend just until cheese is mostly smooth. There may still be some small pieces of curds, but that's okay, you're only trying to get a bulk of the curds smooth. If using farmers or quark cheese skip blending.
- Place in a bowl add flour and oat fiber, stir well. In a small skillet melt a small amount of coconut oil over medium-low heat. Spoon dough into the pan in 6 patties. Fry both sides until golden brown then place on paper towels to remove excess oil. Serve with your choice of toppings.
- Only 9 net carbs per serving. Carbs in the Truvia are excluded, as those types of carbs are not processed in your body as carbs and are supposed to be excluded.
- For those following THM this is an S meal type (low carb & plenty of healthy fats). Since on THM we don't count the carbs in our cottage cheese if it's the main protein source, we would only count the carbs in the flour, which would make this 5 net carbs.
Do you have a favorite dish from a different ethnic cuisine other than your own? When on a diet do you make your own recipes or adapt favorites?