Curious about air fryers? Perhaps you’ve seen the recent buzz about this intriguing new kitchen gadget and are wondering what all the fuss is about…Or maybe you were recently gifted—or are thinking about purchasing—one and are interested in learning what kinds of recipes you’ll be able to use it for.
We were curious too! So…we did some research of our own to answer these frequently asked questions and present you with a quick cheat sheet of air fryer-friendly foods and 3 creative new recipes using Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread.
P.S.—For more fun facts on trendy cooking appliances, be sure to read Game Day Cook-off: Multi-Pot vs Air Fryer.
What is an Air Fryer?
An air fryer is a small countertop convection oven that works by circulating hot air around using a fan, to more quickly and evenly cook food. This method also reduces moisture, making the food crisp, similar to deep frying but without the need for large amounts of oil.
What Are Some Benefits of Using an Air Fryer?
If you love crispy French fries, lower-fat alternatives, and side dishes prepared in no time at all—then an air fryer might just be for you!
Check out some of these great benefits:
- It is great for crisping up frozen fried foods, cooking meats, and tenderizing veggies.
- It is a healthier alternative to deep frying. All that is typically needed is a light spritz of cooking oil.
- It is faster than using a traditional oven thanks to its relatively small size and convection method of cooking.
What Can I Cook in my Air Fryer?
Air fryers are most commonly used as an alternative to deep frying foods such as French fries, onion rings, or chicken wings, but they can also be used to cook numerous other foods, from meats and veggies to casseroles and baked goods!
Here are just a few examples:
- Chicken (wings, thighs, breasts)
- Pork Chops
- French Fries & Frozen Foods
- Veggies (broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc.)
- Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes
- Eggs, Omelets, and Quiches
…And much more! (See our recipes below)
Air Fryer Recipes
If you already have an air fryer appliance at home, we know you’ll love experimenting with these alternate ways to cook some popular dishes. And if you don’t already own one…these recipes might just convince you!
Air Fryer Cheeseburger
Who would’ve guessed you could use an air fryer to cook a hamburger?! (We certainly didn’t.) We kept the recipe basic to best illustrate the cooking method—and you’d hardly notice the difference from a regular grilled burger! Well, other than the super-speedy cook time of 8 minutes (per batch) to achieve a perfect medium doneness.
The verdict is: air fryers make for a convenient, no-mess cooking method for all your year-round burger cravings.
Get the recipe: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/air-fryer-cheeseburger
Roast Beef Sandwich Melts
If you read our Grilled Cheese 7 Ways blog a few months back, then you saw how we used an air fryer to cook a grilled cheese sandwich—and how the results were pretty comparable to some of the more traditional methods.
So this time, we thought we’d take it up a notch and see how the air fryer fares with heftier sandwiches with additional ingredients…And we weren’t disappointed!
This roast beef sandwich melt with provolone cheese, bread and butter pickles, roasted red peppers, and horseradish mayo, on Martin’s Butter Bread was to die for! With a bit of butter on the outside of the sandwich, the air fryer crisped these up in no time (about 3 minutes per side) and resulted in melty, cheesy goodness!
Get the recipe: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/roast-beef-sandwich-melt
Veggie Frittata Breakfast Bake
For our third and final recipe, we wanted to test out something a bit more “out there.” Could an air fryer be used to make a casserole-type dish with more of a custard based consistency, the same way it can be used to crisp up moisture-less foods?
The answer is…yes! This air fryer breakfast bake made with eggs, milk, Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread cubes, and an assortment of veggies baked up surprisingly well. After mixing together all the ingredients in a large soufflé dish, we cooked it in the air fryer for about 25 minutes total, resulting in a perfectly delicious veggie frittata for two!
Get the recipe: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/veggie-frittata-breakfast-bake
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