Unstuffed Artichoke Appetizer

Unstuffed Artichoke Appetizer is a simple way to make stuffed artichokes WITHOUT stuffing them. This recipe uses canned artichoke hearts, split in half, Panko bread crumbs, garlic and Parmesan cheese; then baked. All done in less than an hour for a delicious and easy to assemble appetizer. Suggested Uses: Use for large gatherings for holidays or special events and dinner gatherings. Valentine’s Day parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc. This is also a healthy, low fat, low calories, low cholesterol, low sodium, low sugars, low carbohydrates, vegetarian, heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly and Weight Watchers  (2 PointsPlus), (2 SmartPoints) recipe. Makes: 12 servings. Unstuffed Artichoke Appetizer will be loved by all of your family, friends and guestsunstuffed-artichoke-appetizer.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

Non-Stick cooking spray
2 (14 oz) cans medium size artichoke hearts, drained, halved lengthwise

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Italian seasoned Panko bread crumbs
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp olive oil, divided

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 425º F.

2. Arrange artichokes in concentric circles on bottom of a 9-inch pie pan sprayed with cooking spray.

3. Combine together the cheese, bread crumbs, garlic and 1 Tbsp of the olive oil; sprinkle over artichokes. Drizzle with remaining olive oil.

4. Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.

YIELD: 12 Servings.
Serving Size: 1 per serving.

Weight Watchers-(2 PointsPlus), (2 SmartPoints)
Carb Choices: 1/2

Diet Exchange:
1 Vegetable + 1/2 Fat

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Calories: 70, Total Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 190mg, Sugars: 1g, Carbohydrates: 6g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 2 %DV, Vitamin C: 2 %DV, Calcium: 8 %DV, Iron: 4 %DV

Original recipe and image from Kraft Foods. http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/simple-stuffed-artichoke-appetizer-168228.aspx

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