I'm an air fryer expert, the Christmas dishes to make in the gadget and the ones to avoid | The Sun
1st November 2022

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and many people are already planning their menus for the day.

But with the rising cost of energy bills, many won't want to be using their oven for hours on the day.

To save on using the oven daily, many people have taken to using an air fryer to cook their meals.

And it turns out you can practically cook your entire Christmas dinner in there too – but there are some dishes that should be avoided.

Here, Fabulous takes a look at what you should use your air fryer for, and what recipes to avoid this Christmas.

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Pigs in Blankets

Pigs in blankets are arguably the best part of a Christmas dinner.

And now you can cook them in your air fryer as well reveal food experts over at Hungry, Happy, Healthy.

First you want to coat your chipolata sausages in streaky bacon.

Set your air fryer to 180 degrees and let them cook for eight minutes (or longer if needed) until the bacon has crisped up.

Depending on the size of your air fryer, you'll also be able to cook your other sides at the same time.

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Your roast potatoes will come out perfectly crispy when made in the air fryerCredit: TikTok/@chlo_fitx

Roast Potatoes

We all know roast potatoes come out beautiful crisp using an air fryer, unless you've been living under a rock.

And TikTok user, @chloe_fitx, revealed her recipe to get the perfect spuds.

She first peeled and cut her potatoes and par-boiled them in salt water and drains them.

Once drained, she gives the spuds a good shake to fluff them up.

She added some salt and pepper, thyme, garlic, cornflour oil and paprika and gave the potatoes another shake.

Using the tray in her air fryer, she lined it with foil and spread the potatoes out with oil and added a little more salt.

30 minutes later her roasted potatoes came out golden and crispier than ever.

Carrots and Parsnips

Although most vegetables won't cook well in the air fryer – these two will because of their hardy texture.

The foodfluencer, @welshgirlfoodie, revealed exactly how she got the perfect roast carrots and parsnips using her air fryer.

She peeled and cut her carrots and parsnips into thumb-sized pieces and added them to a bowl with lots of oil.

She then transferred them straight into her air fryer at 180 degrees for 17 minutes, giving them a good mix every so often.

The results were stunning, she said: "Absolutely perfect," and we couldn't agree more.

Stuffing

We all love a bit of stuffing on the side of our dinner – and best believe you can chuck it in the air fryer.

Beth, a mum-of-three and foodie living in Cornwall shared how she makes perfectly crisp stuffing balls using her air fryer on her blog, Effortless Foodie.

Start by preheating your air fryer to 180 degrees for eight minutes.

Then add your dried stuffing mixture into a bowl and pour the recommended amount of boiling water and combine it and let the mixture stand for eight minutes.

After begin shaping your stuffing into 12 equal sized balls spraying them all over with olive oil.

Air fry the balls for five minutes and then turn each one before air fryer for a further three.

Peas

Although some vegetables can be cooked in the air fryer, peas should be avoided.

Readers Digest reports that vegetables which don't have a lot of weight to them don't fare well in the air fryer.

They add: "It’s very easy to burn foods that don’t stay put.

"When choosing vegetables to cook in the air fryer, opt for those that hold some weight, like broccoli and zucchini."

Instead, stick to putting them in a pan of water on the stove, unless you want them crispy.

Brussel sprouts

Brussel sprouts may be a point of contention for most, but it wouldn't be a Christmas dinner without your mum sneakily putting at least one on your plate.

But foodie Carole Jones revealed a way to make them much more edible than boiling the life out of them, and you can do it in your air fryer.

To begin cut your brussels sprouts length-ways and add oil, kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder and give them a good mix.

Then add them to your air fryer and cook at 200degrees for five minutes and give them a shake, then put them back in for a further five minutes.

To ensure they get really crispy, take them out and shake again and cook for three more minutes.

Carole adds: "Each Brussel sprout becomes crispy and addictively delicious."

Yorkshire puddings

Becky Excell, a London/Essex-based food writer, recipe creator and Sunday Times best-selling author revealed how to make Yorskire puds in the air fryer – and they're gluten free.

Grab a bowl and mix 100g cornflour (gluten free) and three eggs, add 150ml of milk gradually.

Preheat the mini pudding moulds with a little oil in them at 200 degrees for three minute.

Then pour the mixture (about half full) and cook for 15 minutes at 200 degrees.

The end result was mouth-watering – her Yorkshire puddings were perfectly crispy, but fluffy in the middle too. 

Turkey

The centrepiece of the Christmas dinner, Turkey often needs hours to cook in the oven, and that's exactly where they should stay.

Although you may be tempted to try and get it in the air fryer, most of the ones we have at home are not large enough to fry such a big bird.

Plus, the risk of it not being cooked evenly or thoroughly is just too much to take.

Readers Digest explains: "When it comes to using an air fryer to cook a whole roast, the biggest issue is whether or not the entire roast will fit properly into the air fryer’s basket.

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"But even if the meat does fit, it’s best to just stick to the regular oven.

"The roast will not cook evenly, and the part closest to the heat source will likely burn by the time the section furthest from the heat is safe to eat."

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