You’re going to get plenty of use out of your air fryer — as if you didn’t already — thanks to this recipe for twice-fried plantains, considering this snack is the perfect conduit for guacamole, salsa, ceviche and pretty much any dip you may be bringing to a barbecue this season.
The recipe from Skinny Taste shows how simple it is to fry plantains — not once, but twice — giving them their crispy texture without having to deal with hot oil in a deep fryer or skillet.
You’ll start by slicing and peeling a plantain and placing the slices in your air fryer to get the first round of frying underway.
Once the plantain slices are slightly crispy, you’ll be able to mash them without them making a total mess, which is precisely how you’ll achieve the ultimate chip-like shape. Perfect for dipping!
Once each slice has been mashed, you’ll dip the slices in a mixture of water, salt and garlic powder to give the “chips” added savory flavoring. And then — back into the trusty air fryer again.
When they’re done, they’ll be perfectly crisp and ready to dive head-first into all kinds of dips and spreads. Make sure you make these in large batches, too, because we assure you — these will keep your guests coming back for more!
This video from the Skinny Taste YouTube channel shows just how simple it is to make this appetizer in your air fryer. See how it’s done:
A recipe from Glue and Glitter points out that air fryer plantains make a nice sweet snack, too. By simply skipping the step where you dunk the plantain slices in the garlic powder water mixture, you’ll keep the sweetness of a natural plantain.
This way, the plantains can be served alongside other fruit or ice cream — or eaten all on their own as a healthy dessert option!
Speaking of dessert, your air fryer will be a trusty companion in your efforts to satiate your sweet tooth this summer because not only is the appliance good for making tasty plantain appetizers, it can also help you re-create your favorite fairgrounds dessert: fried Oreos.
This recipe from the Happy Healthy Hannah YouTube channel shows how you can use nothing more than Oreo cookies, pancake batter and your air fryer to create a delicious, perfect-for-summertime treat:
Between the plantain chips and fried Oreos, you’ll host the best summer get-togethers — and it’s all made possible by your most beloved kitchen appliance!
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