As I became more aware of the unnatural ingredients used to create these convenience "food" items, I set out to "healthify" some of our family favorites.
"RunAmok Mama's Zesty Parmesan Shake 'N Bacon" is an extremely versatile recipe -- used to coat pork chops, spareribs, chicken thighs & drums, chicken breasts, sausage and hamburger patties, zucchini, yellow squash and more! YUM!!
For ease of cooking, you can make a big batch and store in the fridge for several meals over the week!
These "original" pork rinds, shown below, contain only pork and salt. The spicy, flavored varieties can contain many unwanted ingredients, such as MSG, maltodextrin, dextrose, and more. *On rare occasions, I have used the pre-spiced versions, but usually only when the men-folk do the shopping for me. (E'hem!)
It is so easy to spice things up without the "off-plan" ingredients! *Please note: If you do not eat pork for personal/religious reasons, unfortunately, I do not have a suitable alternate for this ingredient at this time.
2 bags of pork skins (best to use regular and add the spices yourself)
1/2 cup Frigo Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 TBS McCormick Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp McCormick Curry Powder
3/4 tsp Kirkland Himalayan Pink Salt (or Swanson Ultra Himalayan Pink Salt)
1-2 tsp Swanson Organic Cayenne Pepper (How HOT do you want this??)
1 tsp Paprika
Enough to coat 3 pounds of meat, or 2 pounds of meat and 4 smaller zucchinis. Leftover coating can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for approximately 1 week. Our "leftovers" are usually used for another meal within a few days, because everyone asks for this, OFTEN.
2. Pour the bags of pork rinds into a larger bowl and crush to a fairly fine crumble. I use a glass jar. PLEASE NOTE: These photos, show one bag of "spicy
pork rinds. I do NOT recommend these, as they contain maltodextrin, msg, dextrose, etc... Just happened to have them on-hand, and wanted to use them up.
You are ready to coat your meat or veggies!
Good recipes to try this with:
RunAmok Mama's Spiced Parmesan Spareribs
RunAmok Mama's Zesty Zucchini Spears