Crispy Treats with Less Guilt

I have been absolutely drawn into the air fryer’s claims of French fry nirvana! I’ve been dreaming of crinkle cuts that come with much less guilt and that crave-able crunch. Could this fun, easy-on-the-wallet countertop gadget live up to the hype? In short, yup! Frozen potato snacks were easily 19 times better than if they’d been traditionally baked in the oven. Whip up some of my Southern-style comeback sauce, buffalo ketchup, or dill and Parmesan aioli, and you’ve got Friday night dinner on lock. P.S. My 8-year-old loved this thing.

Air Fryer French Fries

Most frozen foods in the air fryer require zero prep. Simply set the fryer to 375 degrees and a time between 12 and 18 minutes. I chose classic crinkle cut fries, sweet potato fries, and onion rings (to keep it exciting). If you’d like to experiment with fresh potatoes, by all means, go for it. Slice any style of spuds you prefer, and soak them in water for 30 minutes. Drain and toss with 1 teaspoon oil, then set the fryer to 375 degrees. Fifteen minutes later, and boom — delectable, golden fries!

For each sauce recipe below, mix all ingredients thoroughly in a medium-size bowl, then chill for 15 minutes before serving 

Southern-Style Comeback Sauce

1/2 cup mayo

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup hot sauce

Dash of Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

Dill & Parmesan Aioli

1 cup mayo

1 cup shredded Parmesan

1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons milk or cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Buffalo Ketchup

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup buffalo sauce

1/2 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

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