Completely Keto Yapchik

In the bustling heart of Jerusalem, a city where ancient traditions meet the pulse of modern life, there lived a chef named Eli. Eli was a man deeply rooted in his heritage, cherishing the rich tapestry of flavors that defined Jewish cuisine. Yet, Eli was also a visionary, always exploring how to adapt these time-honored recipes to fit the contemporary dietary landscape, particularly the ketogenic lifestyle he had embraced.

As the holiday of Sukkot approached, a time when families and friends gather in their sukkahs to celebrate the harvest and the protection provided during the 40 years in the desert, Eli sought to create a dish that would honor this joyful occasion while catering to his keto-conscious guests. His mind wandered to Yapchik, a beloved traditional dish known for its comforting warmth and rich flavors. Traditionally made with potatoes and meat, Yapchik was a staple of festive meals, but its high carbohydrate content posed a challenge for those following a ketogenic diet.

Undeterred, Eli embarked on a culinary quest to reimagine Yapchik for the keto era. He began with minute steaks, selected for their tenderness and flavor, envisioning them as the centerpiece of his creation. To replace the potatoes, Eli turned to riced cauliflower, a versatile and keto-friendly alternative that mimicked the texture and heartiness of the original ingredient. He sautéed extra-large yellow sweet onions until they caramelized, adding a natural sweetness and depth to the dish.

Eli then whisked together eggs, fine sea salt, and black pepper, blending the mixture with the cauliflower and onions to bind the ingredients together. The addition of avocado oil ensured the Yapchik would be moist and flavorful, baking to perfection with a golden, crispy top that beckoned to be savored.

When Eli presented his Completely Keto Yapchik at the Sukkot feast, it was met with astonishment and delight. Guests were captivated by the dish’s familiar comfort, now accessible to those adhering to a ketogenic lifestyle. Eli’s Yapchik became more than just a meal; it was a testament to the fusion of tradition and innovation, a celebration of heritage that could evolve to embrace the dietary choices of the modern world.

Through his Completely Keto Yapchik, Eli not only honored the spirit of Sukkot but also demonstrated that the essence of culinary tradition could be preserved and enjoyed, no matter the dietary restrictions. His creation was a gift to his community, a symbol of inclusion and unity at the holiday table, proving that the joy of shared meals could indeed transcend the boundaries of diet.

Harlan Kilstein’s Completely Keto Yapchik

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20
Calories: 242 kcal


  • 6 Large minute steaks or 8 smaller minute steaks
  • 3 Extra large yellow sweet onions
  • 3 12 Oz packages of riced cauliflower defrosted and liquid removed
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 Tbs fine sea salt slightly heaped
  • 1 Tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup avocado oil


  1. In a 9 x 12 pan position minute steaks side by side covering the bottom
  2. Place minute steaks in oven on 350 degrees for 45 minutes
  3. Chop 2 onions into small squares and saute in a pan until golden
  4. When steaks are ready remove from the oven and spread golden onions evenly over the steaks
  5. Whisk the eggs by hand with a whisker very quickly, and then add the salt and pepper
  6. Whisk again until it turns into a bubbly liquid
  7. In a food processor grate 1 onion and add to egg mixture
  8. Remove any large pieces that did not get cut up
  9. Add thawed and drained riced cauliflower to egg mixture and mix well
  10. In a small pot heat up oil
  11. Add hot oil to mixture and stir quickly with a large spoon
  12. Pour mixture over the steak and onions and flatten out with a spatula and bake on 375 for 2 hours until it gets golden brown on top
  13. If you like it more crispy on the outside start on 400 for the first hour and 375 for the 2nd hour until golden and crispy on top
  14. Allow to cool for a few minutes and cut using a sharp knife

Recipe Notes

Serves 16-20 servings

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