NORTHWOODS COOKS: Easy air fryer recipes for beginners – Park Rapids Enterprise


Air fryers help prepare snacks and meals quickly. Air-fried foods are crispy and have a fraction of the calories of traditional fried food. From appetizers to main dishes, here is a sampling of air-fryer recipes for beginners from eatingwell.com.

Crispy Air Fryer French Fries

2 (6-oz.) russet baking potatoes

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. coarsely cracked black pepper

3/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. paprika

cooking spray

Scrub potatoes well. Cut the unpeeled potatoes lengthwise into 3/8-inch sticks. Place in a large bowl; cover with water and let stand for 30 minutes. Drain well and pat very dry. Return to the dried bowl; add oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with cornstarch, pepper, salt and paprika; toss to coat.

Coat the basket of an air fryer with cooking spray. Place the potatoes in the basket and coat the potatoes well with cooking spray. Fry at 360 degrees, stirring every 5 minutes, until very crispy, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cornflake Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

cooking spray

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 Tbsp. confectioners’ sugar

1/4 tsp. ground pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 cup whole buttermilk

2 oz. cornflakes, finely crushed (1-1/2 cups)

8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Coat the basket of an air fryer with cooking spray. Combine cornstarch, sugar, pepper and garlic powder in a shallow dish. Place buttermilk in a separate shallow dish and cornflakes in a third shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Dredge the chicken in the cornstarch mixture, shaking off excess, then dip in the buttermilk, allowing excess to drip off. Toss the chicken in the cornflakes to coat.

Coat the chicken with cooking spray; place in the prepared basket. Cook at 400 degrees until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 9 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time.

Air Fryer Bacon

8 ounces bacon (8 slices), strips cut in half crosswise

Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Working in batches if necessary, carefully arrange bacon pieces in a single layer in the fryer basket. Cook for 4 minutes. Flip and cook until crispy, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Pour out the excess bacon drippings from the bottom of the basket. Repeat the procedure with any remaining bacon pieces.

Air Fryer Apples

3 small apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 tsp. grated orange zest

1 tsp. canola oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. salt

Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Lightly coat the fryer basket with cooking spray. Combine apple slices, maple syrup, orange zest, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl; toss well to coat. Working in batches if necessary, spread the apple slices in a single layer in the fryer basket. Cook until the apples are tender and browned at the edges, about 12 minutes.

Air Fryer Onion Rings

cooking spray

2 large (10-ounce) sweet onions, peeled and sliced ​​1/2-inch thick

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder divided

1/2 tsp. kosher salt divided

2 large eggs

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup buttermilk, divided

3 cups panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees for 3 minutes. Coat the fryer basket with cooking spray.

Separate onion slices into rings. Toss the onion rings with onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, flour and 1/2 cup buttermilk in a shallow dish.

Place panko in another shallow dish. Dip each onion ring in the egg mixture, allowing excess to drip off, then dredge in the panko to coat completely; place in the fryer basket. Repeat until the basket is full. Coat the onion rings with cooking spray. Cook, flipping once, until crispy, about 8 minutes. Repeat with the remaining onion rings in batches as needed.

Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, chives, parsley and the remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle the onion rings with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and serve with dipping sauce.

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