I like fried foods on a very rare occasion. To be quite honest, I would love them more if they weren’t so greasy. We have an air fryer but it doesn’t work for some things so I was really excited when I was asked to work with Avalon Bay Air Fryer and create a recipe for it in exchange for them sending me one. Ultimately I made these Lemony Green Beans, which disappeared off the plate in no time, but first I experimented with a few other things.
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So there’s good news and bad news. I’d ask which you want first but really, you can’t respond before this goes live so you get it all in a jumble. The first bad news is that you can’t make fried rice in it. The Avalon Bay Air Fryer has a sweet fryer basket with a handle that is designed to fry evenly with rapid air technology. The holes that promote this are too big for rice. The next thing I tried was potato chips. I think this one is going to take some trial and error. I shook them every 5 minutes but they didn’t cook evenly, which meant some limp chips and some crispy brown bites of delicious.
However, all is not lost. The beauty of the Avalon Bay Air Fryer is that you can not only fry, but bake, grill, or roast food in it. As you will see from the recipe below, this does indeed hold true. I feel like it bakes better than it fries. I will definitely be putting that theory to the test soon. I love the idea of making small desserts in it and this one includes a baking set. Bam! Molten Lava Cake at my fingertips? Yes please. Quick and easy lunch the kids can make without the oven? Double yes please. Homemade cinnamon pita chips with honey drizzled over them? Every week. Using it for what I originally intended to? Most likely not. With that in mind, I say it’s great if you are using it for more than just a deep frying replacement.
There are three other features that really sold me on this air fryer: You can adjust the temperature up to 400 degrees, and when the timer goes off the machine stops cooking. I’m not sure how but I always tend to get absorbed in something or other and tune out that pesky stove timer. The final feature that totally thrilled me is the built-in handle on the machine. It makes it easy to move. The air fryer also fits under the cabinets nicely.
The absolute best thing about this machine though, is that it makes my lemony green beans PERFECTLY. Green beans are one of my favorite vegetables but my husband only likes them raw or almost raw. He will eat them sautéd with lemon and a little olive oil but I always catch them just as they become scorched. They actually don’t taste bad but could use a little less black. I bought green beans today and that’s when the idea hit. I could make my Lemony Green Beans with less oil and not worry about forgetting them. It’s so easy the kids can do it. I know. Mine did.
- 1 lb. green beans, washed and destemmed
- 1 lemon
- Pinch of salt
- Black pepper to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon oil
- Put green beans in air fryer.
- Add a few squeezes of lemon.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Drizzle oil over top.
- Cook in Avalon Bay Air Fryer at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
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