Air Fryer Potatoes

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Potato enthusiasts rejoice! The culinary world has evolved, and we’ve discovered a new favorite: air-fried potatoes. Forget the traditional baked or boiled versions; this modern twist offers a delightful crunch on the outside and a soft, fluffy interior. It’s not just a side dish; it’s an experience. Picture this: crispy potatoes paired with a hearty breakfast of chicken apple sausage and creamy scrambled eggs. Intrigued? Let’s dive into the magic of air frying!

Why Choose Air Fryer Potatoes Over Baking?

Air fryers have revolutionized potato cooking. For starters, they slash cooking times. Within a mere 10 minutes, you’re looking at potatoes that boast a crispy exterior and a melt-in-your-mouth center. Plus, when it comes to achieving that perfect crisp, air fryers outperform traditional ovens every time.

Tips for Achieving Ultimate Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes

Ever wondered why your air-fried potatoes sometimes miss the mark on crispiness? The secret lies in the preparation. Begin by ensuring your potatoes are thoroughly dry. If you’re working with russet, red-skinned, or sweet potatoes, a good scrub is essential. Let them air dry for about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. If you’re pressed for time, ensure they’re as dry as possible post-washing before seasoning.

The Soaking Secret

While not mandatory, a pre-fry soak can elevate your potato game. After dicing your potatoes, a 30-minute soak in cold water (or even overnight) draws out excess starch, paving the way for an even crispier result. Just remember to pat them dry thoroughly afterward.

Pairing Ideas

The versatility of these air-fried potatoes is unmatched. They’re the ideal accompaniment to a lavish steak dinner but can also morph into delightful breakfast hash browns.

Recipe

Yield: 3-4 servings
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 1/4 lb. potatoes (russet or red-skinned), cleaned and diced
    • 1 tbsp. avocado oil
    • 1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
    • 3/4 tsp. smoked paprika
    • 3/4 tsp. Mediterranean herb blend

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the diced potatoes, avocado oil, seasoned salt, paprika, and Mediterranean herbs. Ensure the potatoes are evenly coated.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. After 2 minutes, place the seasoned potatoes in the basket. Cook for 10 minutes. Pause, shake the basket to ensure even cooking, and then continue air frying for another 8-10 minutes or until golden and crispy. Serve promptly.

Pro Tip: Consider using baby potatoes for a fun twist!

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