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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.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, keto, low-carb
Keyword ham and cheese keto sandwich, keto dinners for family, keto ham recipes, keto sandwich, low carb sandwich alternatives
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 396 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher


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:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, thyme leaves, and mustard. Set aside.

    Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid-making the sauce.

For the dough:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ยบ 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.

  2. Add the egg, cream cheese, and mozzarella to the food processor. Process until the cheeses are completely incorporate and the mixture becomes dough-like. 

    Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid-ready to heat.
  3. 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.

    LKeto Ham and Cheese Loaf-Dough is ready to roll out
  4.  Pat dough into a rectangular shape and cover with the second sheet of parchment paper. Roll dough into a rectangle about 10" X 15".

    ham and cheese sandwich braid after rolling out.

For the assembly:

  1. 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

    Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid-adding the sauce.
  2. 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.

    Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid-starting the braid.
  3. 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

    Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid-ready for the oven
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 23-28 minutes. Cut into six slices.

    Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid-fresh from the oven.

Recipe Notes

*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.

Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb Ham and Cheese Sandwich Braid
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 906mg39%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 950%19%
Calcium 1330%133%
Iron 1.4%8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.