Introduction: Air Fryer Palio Fries
Wow eating healthy kinda sucks. It's not the eating part per se, but the prep and cook times. Well, I can't do much about the cook time on these, but the prep is ridiculously easy and this is delicious.
Anyways, if you can't tell by the picture, this is a recipe for baby carrots (not potatoes). You can absolutely recreate this recipe with potatoes, but carrots are much healthier. Ok let's get started...
Step 1: You Will Need...
1 pound bag of baby carrots
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Dry rub of your choice
A Medium mixing bowl
An Air Fryer (duh)
Step 2: Coat Your Carrots With Oil
Carrots go into mixing bowl. Lightly coat with olive oil. Toss the carrots until everything is completely covered. Should take about 5-10 seconds.*
If you aren't much of a tosser, here's Jamie Oliver to show you how. Just copy and paste the link into your browser. When it comes to tossers, the English tend to be the authority on the matter.**
*If you can't live without potatoes slice up a large baking potato or a couple of smaller baking potatoes and use these instead of the carrots. I'm not going to tell you how to cut them, because you obviously know what fries look like. I'm not judging you for ignoring my recipe. Seriously, I'm good if you can't help being Starchy McFatterson, leader of the couch people. Go ahead, ignore me and cook your stupid potatoes.
Step 3: Here's the Rub...
After you've tossed your carrots in olive oil, now it's time for the dry rub. I'm using the Salt Lick garlic rub, but really any good rub will work, like Rudy's or Stubbs. Salt and Pepper will also work if you are boring and hate freedom.
Cover your carrots like the second picture and again toss them for 10-15 seconds.
Step 4: Time to Fry
As you can see by the first picture, you should end up with a pretty even coating if you tossed oil first, then the rub.
Dump the carrots into your Air Fryer, set it to 400° and 20 minutes if they are room temperature. If you're like me and own a kick ass refrigerator that damn near freezes everything, set the timer to 25 minutes.*
*If you are using potatoes make sure you give them a toss at the halfway point. The carrots are fire and forget, which makes them superior. Seriously, why did you choose potatoes? Scared of something new?
Step 5: Enjoy
Super easy to make. The salt and seasonings from the rub compliment the sweetness from the carrots quite well. This to me is a single serving by itself or could be split up as a side for 2 people. There's roughly 180-190 calories if you eat the entire bag. Doubling the recipe is not a problem if you have more mouths to feed, but I would give the entire basket a toss at the halfway point.
I will often start a batch of these then pop out to the grocery store for a rotisserie chicken, as this makes for a quick and delicious pairing. My Air Fryer will keep them warm for awhile even when finished. I usually purchase a replacement bag or 2 of carrots as these are delicious by themselves too.