Keto Bar Food at Home

When my children were young, my husband and I would leave the kids with the babysitter and head out for date night. One of our favorite spots was the Backdoor Tavern in Fallston, PA. They had the BEST bar food. We would just order a bunch of it and that was dinner. So bad, but so good.

I am always on the lookout for recipes that will scratch that old itch. Here’s what I’ve found so far. I think you’ll find these fit the keto bar food bill.

Must Try Keto Bar Food Recipes

keto bar food recipes

1. Bacon Wrapped Low Carb Jalapeno Poppers from I Breathe I’m Hungry.  Super easy, 5 ingredients, always gets raves.

2. Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach from AllRecipes. These are decadent. You could use the filling in a portobello mushroom cap (that has been de-gilled) and turn this into an impressive meal.

3. Really Good Oven-Fried Buffalo Wings from Serious Eats. A combination of baking powder and a long, uncovered rest in the fridge make for super crispy wings. Make sure you plan ahead. The longer these dry out in the fridge, the crispier they are.

4. Garlic-Parmesan Chicken Wings from I use the Serious Eats method of cooking the wings, and then I add this sauce. I’ve gotten in the habit of making these every time I make the Buffalo version. It’s more fun that way!

5. Herbed Spiced Nuts from Epicurious. Sara Moulton made these on an episode of Cooking Live waaaay back in the 90s. I have been making them ever since. #KetoTweak them by subbing the vegetable oil for avocado oil, coconut oil, or unsalted butter and choose Himalayan or Celtic sea salt.  Be sure to use raw nuts for this recipe. I usually use all pecans because they are one of the lower carb nuts. Plus, the little grooves help the seasoning mix adhere. These are SO addictive.  You can double or triple the recipe…you will not need to double or triple the oil. Just use enough to coat them well.

6. Tempura Batter from LC Foods.  Wait, what? Yes, tempura! And it is delicious. Caution! There are gluten-containing, better-living-through-chemistry wheat whatchamacallit ingredients in this mix. That’s why I use this on RARE occasions. It’s also kind of pricey. And did I mention that I’m always the one who gets to stand over the fryer all night? Anyway, you can use this mix to coat mozzarella sticks (freeze them first), onion rings, shrimp, fish, chicken nuggets, mushrooms, zucchini (my favorite), and whatever creative use you can come up with. I use peanut oil to fry…the only occasion I use it…because I do this rarely. You could use avocado oil because it has a high smoke point, but be ready to shell out some fat stacks for the quantity of oil you’ll need. I suppose you could use refined coconut oil as well, but the best brands are also pretty expensive. To sum up: prepared foods and cooking choices like this one, although not really meeting the highest standard of keto eating, can help you indulge without kicking you out of ketosis.  We are in it for the long-haul, right? If it helps you stay compliant, then go for it. JMHO

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