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September 26, 2022

8/12/2022 10:32:00 AM
The air up there
by JEFF NORTON


It’s been a while since I shared some good air fryer recipes and since Aly recently bought a new one (I think it was a self birthday present, as she didn’t think I’d get her something good!) and we’ve been using it a bunch.

Of course, the old one worked just fine, but the new one has racks and other special gizmos that she just had to have! :) I’m just kidding Aly! I love you, and happy birthday! It’s her sixth annual 29th birthday!!

Here’s my favorite air fryer recipes that we’ve been making lately.

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AIR FRYER 
COCONUT SHRIMP
1 lb. shrimp raw, large, peeled and deveined with tails attached
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 large eggs
3/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 c. panko breadcrumbs
Cooking spray
Sweet chili sauce for serving

Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees. When heated, spray the basket with cooking spray.

Combine the flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in one shallow bowl. Whisk the eggs in a second shallow bowl. Then combine the shredded coconut and panko breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl.

Dip the shrimp into the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Then dredge the shrimp into the eggs, and finally into the coconut panko mixture, gently pressing to adhere.

Place the coconut shrimp in the air fryer so they are not touching, and spray the top of the shrimp. Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Garnish with chopped parsley, and serve immediately with sweet chili sauce, if desired.
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This is one of Matt Silver’s favorite recipes, and I can’t say I blame him! Air fryer chicken wings are sooo much better than you think they’ll be.
Aly and I made some last week and used some Buffalo Wild Wings sauces that we had bought (Garlic Parmesan and Spicy Garlic for the win!!) and they were better than BWW!

These wings are wonderful naked, but you can add a favorite sauce as well. I like my sauce cooked on a bit, so usually a few minutes before they are done, I add the sauce and cook them out. But, you certainly can toss them in sauce after they are cooked too, and that will help cool them down as well.

AIR FRYER 
CHICKEN WINGS
2 lbs. chicken wings (drums and flats) (defrosted if frozen)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Prep the chicken wings. If full wings, separate them into drums and flats. Make sure they are defrosted. Pat them dry completely dry (this will help them get crispy).

Place the wings into a bowl and drizzle olive oil over them. Toss to coat. Add garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Toss to completely coat the wings.

Preheat the air fryer at 400 degrees for two minutes. Add wings in a single layer to the air fryer (they should NOT be touching), and cook for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

After the timer goes off, open and carefully flip over the chicken wings. Cook for 8 more minutes. Remove the chicken wings and serve.

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It’s pepper picking season, as our garden peppers are starting to turn orange and red and ripen. This is one of my favorite snacks or sides to a main dish!

I list serrano or jalapeno peppers here, but really, any will do that you have and/or like.

AIR FRYER CHILE CHEESE TOAST
2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. grated mozzarella cheese
2 tsp. salted butter, at room temperature
10 to 15 thin slices serrano chile or jalapeño
2 slices sourdough or french bread (sliced end to end)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)

In a small bowl, stir together the Parmesan, mozzarella, butter, and chiles. (You want to make a paste with all this before you spread it on the bread, because if you don’t, you’ll have air-borne shreds of cheese flying around the air fryer.)

Spread half the mixture onto one side and the other half on the other side of bread. Sprinkle with the pepper, if using. Place the slices cheese-side up in the air-fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 325°F for 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and started to brown slightly. Serve immediately.

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Chicken fried steak is by far my favorite breakfast meal, and here’s a quick way to cook one up without the mess of oil!

AIR FRYER CHICKEN FRIED STEAK
1 lb. cube steak, cut into 4 to 6 portions
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 large egg
1/4 cup water

GRAVY
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. flour
3/4 c. milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees.

Remove the cube steaks from the fridge and place them on a cutting board.

In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.

In a second bowl, combine the egg and water and whisk.

Take each portion of the cube steak and dip it into the flour mixture, the egg mixture, then back into the flour mixture making sure it is fully coated.
Place each piece of chicken fried steak in the air fryer in one layer and cook for 12 to 15 min, flipping and spraying with oil on both sides halfway through cooking.

Meanwhile, prepare the gravy by melting the butter in a small saucepan on medium heat and slowly whisking in the flour, milk, salt, and pepper. Cook until thickened then remove from heat. You can add more milk to get the consistency you like.

Remove the chicken fried steak from the air fryer and pour the gravy over before serving.

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