Updated: Feb 13, 2020
Anyone that knows me (really well), knows I LOVE Cheetos (you know those crunchy puffs covered in cheese powder). It's a secrete addiction I have. However these little buggers really can't be eaten (aka devoured) when you are trying to watch the amount of carbohydrates you intake for the day. I was introduced to Anthony's Cheddar Cheese Powder a while back and dreamed of all the things I could do this magical dust. And the number one thing that came to mind would be how can I use this cheese powder in a way that would replace my love of cheese puffs. I sat on it for some time (I couldn't come up with a way to do so). Then at some point I starting seeing on Instagram that folks were sprinkling cheddar powder on pork rinds. What a great idea ... pork rinds are so crunchy and have no carbs! I gave it whirl and tried different ways to get the taste and crunch that I have been looking for, and I wanted an easy way to make them. I was happy to find you can simply make mock Cheetos by simply spraying the pork rinds with coconut or avocado oil and then tossing them in the magical cheese powder. But they need a little more flavoring so I played around with a variety of add-ins. I found that just be adding in some white-cheddar popcorn salt I accomplished the right taste. They don't taste exactly like Cheetos cheese puffs. But they most definitely make me happy and satisfy the carving when needed. I do portion them out so I don't eat the entire batch! As for the ease of making these, I found just popping the coated pork rinds in the microwave for a few seconds is a good way to get the cheese powder(s) to adhere to the pork rinds.
So all cheese puff / keto / low carb eaters must give this a try. They make a great snack or server with as an accompaniment with a low carb wrap or sandwich. Enjoy!
Pork Rind Cheese Puffs "Cheetos" | Keto | Low Carb
Ingredients: 2.5 oz Pork Rinds (I use inexpensive rork rinds like Mac's) 1 Tablespoon Anthony's Cheddar Cheese Powder 1/2 teaspoon White Cheddar Popcorn Seasoning Avocado or Coconut Oil Spray Directions: 1. Break up the pork rinds into bite size pieces and place in a large microwave bowl. 2. In a small bowl mix together the cheddar cheese powder and the white cheddar seasoning. 3. Lightly spray the pork rinds with avocado or coconut oil. Toss the pork rinds so all are coated with the oil. 4. Microwave for about 20 or 30 seconds just to warm them up. 5. Remove from the microwave, sprinkle the cheese powder mixture over the warm pork rinds and toss until evenly coated. Place back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. After 15 seconds you may want toss again to get any extra cheese powder from the bottom of the bowl to adhere to the rinds.
Nutritional Information: Serves 4 109 Calories; 8g Fat; 9g Protein; 1g Net Carbs