Make the most of your air fryer this Thanksgiving

4 air fryer Thanksgiving strategies

  • 21 November 2022
Make the most of your air fryer this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving happening just around the corner, it may be helpful to know that there are plenty of air fryer Thanksgiving recipes and tricks to use on the biggest culinary day of the year.

An air fryer is essentially an amped-up countertop convection oven. This small appliance claims to mimic the results of deep-frying with nothing more than hot air and little or no oil.

According to NPD Group, a market research firm, sales of air friers increased by 76% over the last two years compared to the previous 24-month period, with 25.6 million units sold from January 2020 through December 2021.

There are all kinds of things you can air-fry, from frozen chicken wings and homemade French fries to roasted vegetables and fresh-baked cookies.

A popular Thanksgiving and overall Fall-inspired dessert is pie. Pies cook perfectly well in a normal oven, but you can also bake them in an air fryer. 

Although there is no bottom heating element so you may not get a crisp brown base. However, it will be faster than waiting for your oven to warm up.  

Handheld pies are perfectly proportioned for individual servings, and you don’t have to worry about serving them on plates or using forks. It’s as simple as just handing them out with a napkin and nonetheless, it all goes in the tummy. 

Some common hand pies to make in an air fryer include: 
•    Apple Pie
•    Pumpkin Pie
•    Pecan Pies
•    Fried Peach Pie
•    Salted Caramel-Apple Pie

Here are 4 air fryer Thanksgiving strategies: 
1.    Greet guests with air-fried snacks
In case your oven and stove are occupied by the turkey, gravy and other traditional Thanksgiving recipes, heat up some appetizers for all to nibble on before the full dinner hits the table. 
2.    Use the air fryer to roast vegetables
Get creative and toss together seasonal favorites with olive oil, salt and your seasoning blend of choice until tender and golden brown. 
3.    Upgrade brunch on Thanksgiving or Black Friday
In case you want to mix up the usual routine of an oven-baked breakfast casserole, or skillets of bacon, eggs and pancakes, try air frying baked-donuts, quick bread, jam-stuffed pastries or French toast this holiday season.
4.    Reheat Thanksgiving leftovers
From rolls to vegetables to pie, reheat leftovers in the air fryer and protect the bottom of the machine with parchment paper liner to avoid any potential drips or sticking.

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