This recipe for Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid makes a delicious low-carb sandwich alternative. Kids love the ham and melted cheese goodness, so this recipe makes a great family dinner. This recipe can be part of a low carb, keto, Atkins, diabetic, gluten-free, or Banting diet.
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The Recipe for Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid
This ham and cheese sandwich braid boasts a base of sandwich ham and melted provolone cheese. The flavor is enhanced with a creamy mustard and thyme sauce. The whole thing is wrapped in a blanket of tender bread.
Baking this sandwich browns the bread into scrumptious goodness, warms up the ham, and melts the cheese. This results in the ultimate low-carb sandwich!
This recipe may look difficult, but it’s really very easy. In order to make it easy, I provide step-by-step instructions below.
Who doesn’t love a good grilled ham and cheese sandwich? This recipe was inspired by all of those grilled ham and cheese sandwiches I ate as a kid.
For the dough in this recipe, I used the same dough I used the same keto sandwich bread dough that I used for my low carb meatball sub recipe. This dough is great to work with and versatile. People have shared all kind of foods they’ve made with it including calzones and Philadelphia steak sandwiches.
For the shape of the dough, I borrowed from my low-carb baklava braid. This is a sweet recipe, but I love the way it looks and I thought it would be beautiful as a sandwich braid.
Can you eat sandwiches on a keto diet?
While you can’t eat most wheat breads on a keto diet, you can still enjoy sandwiches! This recipe is only one example of a sandwich that is keto-friendly. You can also enjoy my meatball subs, or wrap up sandwich ingredients in one of my low-carb tortillas.
These low-carb biscuits are perfect for breakfast sandwiches. Also, large lettuce leaves make a wonderful option to use as a keto-friendy wrap.
If you love bread, don’t worry, there are low-carb bread recipes out there as well. You may want to check out this low carb Paleo Bread from My PCOS Kitchen or this Easy Keto Bread recipe from Wholesome Yum. For mini sandwiches, these mini-loaves from Trina Krug may fit the bill.
Is ham okay for a keto diet?
Ham is one of those ingredients that you need to read the ingredient section before purchasing. All ham is going to contain a little sugar. It’s used in the curing process.
Usually the amount of sugar used only adds up to one or two carbs per serving. However some brands of ham contain more than others.
For example, “honey-baked” ham or “maple-glazed” ham may contain more sugar. Be sure to check the number of grams of carbs per serving before purchasing.
What do I serve with this Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid?
This sandwich braid goes wonderfully with a simple lettuce salad, this Greek Cucumber Salad, some steamed broccoli. Another option would be Low-Carb Bacon Cauliflower Salad.
You could also do a soup and sandwich combination. For example, my Low-Carb Broccoli Cheese Soup or my Low-Carb Cheese Soup with Mushrooms and Thyme would both go well.
However you serve it, this Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid may just become your families new favorite recipe. Enjoy!
Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid
This recipe for Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid makes a delicious low-carb sandwich alternative. It's kid friendly so it makes a great keto dinner for the whole family. This recipe can be part of a low carb, keto, Atkins, diabetic, gluten-free, or Banting diet.
For the Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons mustard
For the dough:
- 1 1/2 cup super fine almond flour
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder grain free and aluminum free
- 1 large egg
- 1 ounce cream cheese room temperature
- 2 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese (8 ounces) cut into chunks
For the assembly:
- 4 ounce thinly sliced ham (check the carb content)
- 3 slices provolone cheese cut in half
- 1 medium egg whisked (optional)
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)
For the sauce:
In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, thyme leaves, and mustard. Set aside.
For the dough:
Preheat oven to 375º Fahrenheit. Have two pieces of parchment paper, about 20 inches long, and a rolling pin available.Add the almond flour, xanthan gum, sea salt, and baking powder to a food processor. Pulse to combine.
Add the egg, cream cheese, and mozzarella to the food processor. Process until the cheeses are completely incorporate and the mixture becomes dough-like.
Transfer mixture to a large heavy saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until the mozzarella cheese melts and becomes stretchy. Place one piece of parchment on a cutting board. Place the warm dough on top. Knead a few times to throughly mix the dough.
Pat dough into a rectangular shape and cover with the second sheet of parchment paper. Roll dough into a rectangle about 10" X 15".
For the assembly:
Cut 1.5 inch slanting strips on each side about 1/3 of the way in. Be sure to cut the same number of strips on both sides. Spread the sauce on the middle third of the dough
Layer the ham over the sauce, then top with the provolone. Fold the ends over the dough. Fold the strips over the dough, alternating sides.
Tuck the last strips underneath. If using, brush the loaf with the egg wash and sprinkle on the sesame seeds. Lift the loaf using the parchment paper and transfer it to a baking sheet
Bake in the preheated oven for 23-28 minutes. Cut into six slices.
*If you do not have a food processor, you can still make this recipe, just use finely grated mozzarella cheese and follow the dough instructions for the meatball sub recipe.
Nutritional information does not include optional ingredients.
This ham and cheese sandwich would be a perfect recipe for brunch! I really like that it’s keto too.
What a great way to feed the family sandwiches while controlling portion and ingredients!
I’m thinking this is perfect with a bowl of soup!
Loving the braid on top! How pretty is that?! Would never have guessed this was low carb!
Such a cool adaptation of a classic! I’ll definitely try this next time I have low- or no-carb guests staying with me!
Annissa, this looks really great…..but what I was really excited about was the link back to your Baklava Braid! I don’t know how I have missed that as I have used so many recipes from your site. I really had missed the Hungarian Nut Roll that was a fixture for my family at Xmas, and your braid is sooo close to that. Definately going to make that this coming Xmas if not before.
By the way, the link to your Meatball Sub in this post is not working…takes you to PALEO CURRIED MEATBALLS instead. I plan to try the Meatball Sub recipe as well….this post has been a gold mine for me. Thank you!
Thanks so much! For the Baklava Braid, I don’t think the honey flavoring is available any longer. I need to tweak that post. You can simply substitute the vitafiber syrup with a low-carb “honey”, then leave out the flavoring. Thanks for letting me know about the link. I’ll fix it right now.
Your nutrition label says per 1 slice. How many slices per bread is it from? For example, 1 slice of 6 or 8?
Thank you, CC
I’m not sure I understand the question completely, but what you do is divide the loaf into 6 equal pieces. I consider each piece a slice. Does that help?
How would swiss cheese work with this? Have you tried it?
Swiss cheese would work great in this recipe if you’re using it as part of the filling. I’m not sure if it would work if you substitute it for the mozzarella in the pastry.