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Having an air fryer is like being a part of the cool kids club. You’re telling us you can make crispy chicken, mac and cheese balls, crab rangoon and other fried foods without using oodles of oil? Count us in.
If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, chances are you’re not inviting over the entire crew this year, so ditch the oven and deep fryer in favor of the air fryer. After all, this gadget is the best way to cook small batches of your favorite snacks and appetizers, and these recipes prove its usefulness for game day. If you’re looking for Super Bowl food ideas, you’ve come to the right place.
Cheese lovers rejoice — these macaroni and cheese bites will fulfill your wildest cheesy fantasies. With just a few spritzes of oil, fluffy balls of macaroni and sharp cheddar are turned into an air-fried masterpiece. Serve the dish piping hot and let the four quarters of food — sorry, we mean football — begin.
Sure, a game day spread doesn’t exactly scream “veggies” but this recipe will make you rethink that sentiment. After all, adding a little bit of batter to any food, including green beans, makes it 10 times better.
If green bean fries sound good to you, then air-fried Brussels sprouts should sound uh-may-zing. The veggie is best when it’s a little on the burned side, and this air fryer recipe gets the job done quickly. If you want to add an extra layer of flavor, mix in some bacon cooked in the air fryer and serve with sriracha aioli for fun dipping.
Fried pickles are no longer only on the appetizer menu at your fave chain restaurant. Cooking the sour spheres in the air fryer allows the pickles to crisp up without getting soggy or weighed down by batter. Serve the app with a dipping sauce made of mayonnaise, ketchup, horseradish, pickle juice and cajun seasoning.
It’s not a Super Bowl party without wings, but if you’re hosting only a small crowd, you don’t need to cook up a whole platter. Just use your air fryer to whip up just the right amount. This recipe keeps things simple by flavoring the wings with some common pantry seasonings that will complement any sauce, from homemade Buffalo sauce to barbecue.
For those who have been eating traditional Buffalo wings throughout football season, it might be time for something a little different. If that’s the case, these sweet Thai chili chicken wings are a flavorful alternative with a kick of heat thanks to Gochujang.
If you bought an air fryer to conveniently make your favorite fast food dishes from home, this air “fried” chicken is probably your dream meal to make with the appliance. The crispy, golden-brown chicken can easily replace a trip to Popeyes or KFC during this year’s Super Bowl festivities.
Making sweet potato fries without having to bake them in the oven for a bazillion minutes? In-credible. These air fried sweet spuds, flavored with a bit of Old-Bay seasoning, are a snackable game day treat. To really complement the earthy flavors of the sweet potato, serve the side dish with a ramekin of hot honey.
Have string cheese handy? Then you can make these air fried mozzarella sticks. The ooey-gooey creation has remained a timeless snack since the elementary school lunch days and it’s here to stay.
Making crispy cauliflower “wings” isn’t always easy. The batter can get soggy and they never seem to crisp up just the way you want them to. That’s all about to change with this air fryer recipe. This recipe calls for wet batter, which will give the veggie a crisp coating that the Korean BBQ sauce will stick to.
You know those fries that you can only get at restaurants? The super-thin, crispy ones that curl up just right? Well, now you can make them from home. Use a spiralizer to get the right size and shape, then cook the potato curly cues in the air fryer for 20 minutes. Serve with a bacon and chive dip for a winning game day app.
If crab rangoon is a staple in your Chinese food order, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can make a healthier version in the air fryer in under an hour. Wonton wrappers are stuffed with lump crabmeat and cream cheese then air fried — it’s true takeout perfection right from the comfort of your home.
These vegetable spring rolls are another takeout favorite that can be made healthier by air frying. To ensure optimal crispy goodness, make sure you buy 8-inch square frozen spring roll sheets instead of the thicker egg roll wrappers.
Sure you can easily go to the store and pick up a bag of tortilla chips, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, cut a few tortillas into six small triangles, sprinkle them with oil and salt and cook in the air fryer for about six minutes per batch. Serve the crispy chips with roasted garlic guacamole.
Air fryers aren’t just for savory foods. The kitchen appliance can also make a mean dessert. This skillet cookie takes just 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to cook — it’s way faster than using an oven. If you have any leftover holiday candy, now is the time to use it. Chop up everything from Hershey’s Kisses to Kit-Kats and toss them into the batter. If you don’t have an air fryer, or if you need some extra Super Bowl appetizer ideas, check out more of our best game day recipes, from nachos to potato skins.
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