We’ve finally given in. In our Everything Czech group on Facebook, we often have call for low carb or keto versions of popular Czech dishes. Let’s face it – the best part about Czech food is the carbs and the fat! But while thinking of what to do with some leftover cabbage this morning, I had a wonderful brainstorm for a healthy Czech Keto dish. What if I make Šunkofleky out of thick-sliced cabbage? My new creation – Zelofleky or Šunkofleky from Cabbage.
So what exactly are Zelofleky?
I think I just invented the word!
They are Šunkofleky but made with zelí (or ‘cabbage’ in Czech).
We wrote about this popular baked noodle-egg-and ham dish and even shared the recipe here: Czech Noodle Ham Bake aka Šunkofleky.
It’s a Czech comfort food that always satisfies.
It’s rather quick and easy to make and it’s so gooooooood!
- 1 head cabbage, cut into strips
- 1-2 cups cubed ham or 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
- 6-10 eggs
- 1/4 to 1 cup milk (less milk = more egg flavor)
- 1 Tbsp. pork or duck fat, butter, olive oil or lard to grease pan
- salt and pepper to taste
- (optional: 1-2 cups grated cheese like white cheddar, swiss or gouda)
In my photo, I had a 1/4 of a cabbage left over in my refrigerator and 3 slices of bacon left from breakfast so I reduced the ingredients and baked it in a small loaf pan.
If using all the ingredients for a ‘full batch’ then preheat oven to 375 F and grease a large pan and set it aside. Ours is glass and 10” x 15”. (Again, the one I used this time is a small loaf pan because I only had 1/4 of the ingredients so I made enough for two.)
Chop the cabbage in a way that they resemble wide egg noodles. If you mess this up – don’t worry. It will taste just as good no matter how you slice it. Then put the cabbage into a pot of water and bring to a boil. Boil it for 12-14 minutes, drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, beat or whisk the egg, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
When the cabbage is finished draining, add it to the egg mixture. Also add your bacon or ham at this time.
Stir well with a spoon. If using cheese, then you can also add it now.
Carefully pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and place into the oven. Bake for 35-45 minutes, depending on how you like it (ie: moister or crispier.)
When it comes out of the oven, let it sit a few minutes before cutting it.
It tastes like Šunkofleky, a hearty comfort food, but without all that pasta.
The cabbage worked quite well in place of the noodles.
I served it with sliced pickles, just like I do the noodle version.
So what are your thoughts on this healthy Czech Keto dish? Think of it as healthy Šunkofleky or Czech keto zelofleky!
I have an idea… Why don’y you first try it and then come back and let me know what you think. I believe it tastes very good, very satisfying and very Czech.
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