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Keto Stuffed Artichokes

Technically I am only 1/4 Italian, but I grew up with all the Italian cuisine specialties; chicken cutlets, eggplant parmesan and rice balls, to name a few.  So I'm looking for ways to make my favorite dishes healthy and came up with this recipe for stuffed artichokes.  Instead of bread crumbs, I am using crushed pork rinds and it is absolutely delicious.  If you love artichokes, you will love this recipe which is also an option for those following keto.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine S Meals

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 medium size artichokes
  • 1 bag chicharrones I used 5 oz. Utz brand, crushed in food processor or blender
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 4-5 pieces of prosciutto or bacon cut in small pieces
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Cut part of the stem. Slice off ¼ inch straight from the top of each artichoke (the prickly part).
  • Open the leaves. Stand the artichoke upside down and push firmly on the stem side to slightly open the leaves making room to catch the stuffing. Using scissors cut the tip of each leaf straight across.
  • Mix crushed chicharrones, garlic, Parmesan cheese, parsley, oregano, prosciutto, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Stuff leaves of artichoke, filling each one until packed.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the artichokes. Sprinkle with a little salt over the top and sides.
  • Put artichokes standing up into a wide pot large enough to hold the artichokes. Add enough water to cover just to the top of the bottom row of leaves of the artichokes.
  • Cover and let the water come to a boil. Lower the heat and let the artichokes simmer for one hour or until leaves are tender. Serve warm.

Notes

You may need to cook the artichokes a little less or a little more depending on the size.  When the leaves are falling off and you can pierce the bottom with a knife, you know they are done.
Keyword keto, appetizer, artichokes