Let’s talk about the ever growing in popularity, air fryer kitchen appliance. If you are anything like me, you are probably up to your ears in kitchen gadgets and likely do not need nor want any more. My mom bought an air fryer a few months ago and I made fun of her (I’m a great daughter). “Why on earth would you buy one of those bulky things? An over works just fine” I told her. Flash forward to a month ago when I had been trampled down by all things related to air fryer including recipes and videos.
Ever notice how when you mention any item it suddenly appears EVERYWHERE? Well that’s what happened with the air fryer. Suddenly I couldn’t shake it. I was surrounded. I decided to look into investing in one. They got me! What really made me want to get one wasn’t the ‘fried’ aspect. It was the idea of being able to roast root veggies in 15-20 minutes versus 45. I loved that idea. I wanted to see what all the hype was about and if I didn’t like it? I could always return it. Thank you amazon for making returns faceless and easy. I talked to my mom about it, who quickly reminded me that I was a hater who hated on hers. But she offered to let me burrow hers. Moms for the win always.
So I burrowed it and I used it daily to experiment. I already bake veggies without oil (seriously, our veggies do not need olive oil to roast. They are delicious and beautiful and retain nutritional value without the added fat this way) but baking them in half the time? Here for it. I’ve experimented with it and honestly? I really like it. However, I wouldn’t buy one. Thankfully, my mom relinquished hers to me. She admitted to using it twice while she had it and it was collecting dust. I gave it a new life so she gave it to me with the condition that I make her food with it and keep supplying her kombucha addiction. Deal! If you aren’t getting one for free or on a barter deal like I did, I wouldn’t say you have to go out of your way to get one. Even though the oven takes longer, it works fine. If you do not want to or cannot invest in one, it’s not a necessity or an “I can’t live without it” sort of item. Plus, the air fryer is large and takes up quite a bit of space. If you have a small kitchen, it may not be worth the valuable counter top real estate. It also can only make small batches of food. So if you are trying to cook for a large family, it’s not really practical. You’ll spend as much time batch cooking, if not more time, as you would if you just used an oven.
But with that said, I use it at least once a week, usually more, and I’m super satisfied with it. I love that it cooks food in half the time. I love that we can eat oil free with it (although like I said, you can eat oil free using the oven as well) and I really love that you do not have to wait for anything to preheat. Once you turn it on, it’s on! And that is awesome.
Today I want to share a quick, simple, and yummy recipe using the air fryer.
It’s vegan, super nutritious, and takes comfort food to the edge of ‘healthful’.
Vegan nacho cheese oil free fries. These turned out so freaking bomb. So bomb that I ate them 2 days in a row and my husband said “try to eat something else besides fries and cheese today” hahaha! So yea… they are good. I used my vegan cheese recipe but I upped the anti by making it with a teaspoon of sriracha.
**I baked the fries in the air fryer but you can always use your oven instead. It’ll take about 45 minutes for the fries to bake at a temp of 450 degrees in the oven. I used a mixture of white potatoes and a Murasaki sweet potato but you can use whatever sort of potatoes you have on hand.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. Like I said, it’s so good that you may end up wanting nothing but nacho cheese fries for two days straight.
- 1-3 medium potatoes (your choice) cleaned, peeled, and cut into fries (1 potatoes will feed one person and 3 will feed 2 or 3 people, but 3 potatoes WILL require batch cooking!)
- salt and pepper
- cooking spray (optional)
- vegan cheese sauce + 1 teaspoon sriracha
- canned jalapenos (fun fact: I used my home made canned jalapenos from my garden!)
Season fries with salt, pepper, and paprika and place cut fries in air fryer basket (do not overcrowd. If using more than 1 potato you will have to batch cook the fries) and set to cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Shake basket and flip fries half way. During the last half of the fries cooking time, warm up the vegan cheese sauce with the additional teaspoon of sriracha if you want it to have a little extra kick. When you get down to the last 2 minutes spray the fries with cooking spray but you do not have to. I’ve tried it both ways and the fries will get crispy without any cooking spray. The cooking spray just gives the fries that tavern fry aesthetic. Totally not necessary though! Remove fries from air fryer
and top heated vegan cheese sauce and toppings of your choice.
I plated the fries over spinach… it’s a salad then right?
And that’s it. Nacho cheese fries in under 30 minutes. Y’all know I love under 30 minute recipes! And this one? Issa hit!
What do you all think? Is the air fryer a cool trend you can get behind or just another kitchen gadget we don’t need? Let me know!
Make this ASAP. It’s a winner.