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My New BFF: The Air Fryer | Savvy in the South

by Katie Frizzell

The air fryer is my new favorite kitchen appliance. I love it so much it has earned a spot on my very limited counter space. When I first got the appliance, I thought it was just for making traditionally fried foods healthier by using little to no oil. After talking to friends with the appliance and doing a little research online, I have come to realize it’s so much more than that.

The air fryer is basically a little counter-top oven. Almost like a toaster oven, but it can do more than a toaster oven. It is on the level with the microwave, except the main difference is that microwaves are a wet cooking method, while the air fryer is a dry cooking method. You can use it for all sorts of things. I even use it to reheat food that is supposed to be crispy that would end up getting soggy in the microwave. You can cook raw foods or frozen foods, and even recook or reheat already cooked foods.

If you still need some convincing, try this recipe for crispy air fried potatoes!

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Crispy Air Fried Potatoes

Yield: 8 servings | Servings size ½ c | 100 cal per serving

Ingredients:

  • 4 c cubed potatoes
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cubed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash and peel potatoes. Cut into 1/2in cubes and put into air fryer basket.
  2. Cube onion into 1/2 cubes and put into air fryer basket.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables.
  4. Sprinkle over the garlic powder and however much salt and pepper you want (you can always add more of these later).
  5. Toss the basket a few times so everything is coated in oil and seasonings.
  6. Put basket back in air fryer unit and turn on 350 for 10 minutes. Take out the basket and toss at the 5 minute mark. Depending on how thick the potato pieces are, more time may need to be added at the end. I would keep adding 2-4 minutes, tossing in between until a fork can be inserted easily in a large piece of potato.

Tips: Be careful not to burn the potatoes by adding too much time and then leaving them without tossing. It is not hard to go from “not done” to burnt in the air fryer. More time may be needed for more crispy potatoes.

I hope you will try out the air fryer and come to love it as much as I do, because it really can make cooking healthy a breeze!

Stay Savvy,

Katie

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