Air Fryer what is it and how is it used?
Last year my mum (who may be the best cook I have ever known) was telling me about yet ANOTHER kitchen gadget that I must get…I kind of ignored her at first. But then I humoured her and did some research about this “Air Fryer” she spoke of….and it turned out she was right! Why does she have to be right so damn much?? After some research I decided to get the Philips Air Fryer which is a little bit more money but seemed to be the best.
We have been using the T-Fal ActiFry for about two years at this point (We bought it for free with our PC points – yay) and I thought Why do I need ANOTHER air fryer. What is great about the Actifry is that it makes great potatoes, sweet potato fries, stir fries, sausages, and as we found out this Christmas – Cinamon/Curry carrots (recipe to come). But what it CAN”T do is anything with a batter or a coating on it because there is a paddle on the inside that spins around to keep everything moving. The Air Fryer doesn’t have that paddle on it so it has more versatility. You can cook a whole chicken in just 30 minutes, it makes great wings, potatoes, crispy chicken and an awesome HEALTHY meatballs.
These are super easy to make and taste yummy and gluten free! I first experimented when I accidentally ran out of G.F. bread crumbs so I used a handful of chips crumbled up instead and it was delicious. I think the extra fat in the chips helps tender up the extra lean chicken/turkey of the meat. Then I tried to make it slightly tastier and healthier when we had a few leftover sweet potato and beet chips left over…so I crumbled those up and added it as my bread crumbs.
Here is the full recipe.
Two packages of ground turkey or chicken.
1 cup of crushed chips (I used sweets and beets)
(I put them in a mini chop)
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of onion flakes
1 tablespoon of roasted garlic seasoning
1 tablespoon of Montreal steak spice
salt and pepper
In a medium bowl mix chip crumbs, spices, salt and pepper together.
In a large bowl mix eggs, garlic and meat together, add in the chip mixture until well blended, trying not to over mix.
Make into meatballs (size slightly larger than a golf ball) and place on a plate.
Preheat your Air Fryer for 3-5 minutes. Spray the bottom of the tray with some spray to help with them not sticking, and adding a little bit of oil to make them lovely and crispy. Then add in the meatballs into your Air Fryer leaving a little room around each one and along the sides. Cook for 10 minutes. You will need to do a few batches, but you can keep them warm in the oven, or just keep adding the fresh ones which keeps them warm.