This is a recipe for making roast potatoes in a basket-type air fryer, using a Philips AirFryer™ as an example.
The maximum capacity of the average model Philips AirFryer is 1.25 kg (2 3/4 lbs) of raw potato, chunked.
Let’s make a full batch: that’s enough for 4 people. Or for two people for two meals, providing leftovers for the next evening.
There’s our 1.250 kg of potato all weighed out on the scales; that’s 6 medium potatoes.
I don’t know what variety they were; they were in an unmarked bushel on sale.
Anyway, as usual folks, let’s get the recipe out there, then we can dissect it later.
Serves: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 cup (140 g / 5 oz)
Fat: 1.5 g
- 1.25 kg (2¾ lb) potato
- 1 teaspoon of oil
- Wash potato, cut into large chunks, adding chunks to a large bowl.
- Add 1 teaspoon of oil to the bowl of potato chunks and just using your clean hands, toss well until all surfaces are coated. (Tip! first have air basket pulled out and beside you, ready to receive the potatoes, because your hands will be oily.)
- Cook (no need to pre-heat) at 160 C (320 F) for 25 minutes.
- Take out the potatoes and tip them back into the bowl you have been using. Toss them in there briefly and gently using a large spoon.
- Transfer potato chunks back into fryer basket. Place back into machine, raise temperature on the machine to 180 C (350 F), and cook for another 7 minutes.
- Take out the potatoes and tip them back into the bowl you have been using. Toss them in there using a large spoon. (At this point, a few might look just about done, but once you toss them you'll see that there's loads that aren't quite as far along.)
- Transfer potato chunks back into fryer basket. Leave temperature unchanged. Roast for a final 7 minutes.
- Serve piping hot. Best reheated in machine.
Leftovers are best reheated in the air fryer as well, to restore their crispness to them. Try about 3 to 4 minutes at 160 C (320 F).
What potato works best? If you’re in the UK (or anywhere else) where you can get Desiree, King Edward or Maris Piper, try those. If you’re in North America where potatoes are just sold generically by the bag as “all-purpose table potatoes“, they will generally work just fine. I’ve tried buying the special russets for baking, thinking they might do nicely, and they do, but not more so than the far less expensive generic potatoes in the bags.
In the photo below, the potato chunks are about the size you want for a good British-style roast potato; certainly no smaller.
With a basket-type air fryer, you have to first toss your veggies in a separate bowl to coat them with oil.
Since I’ve dirtied the bowl anyway, I tend to use it twice more to “retoss” the potatoes in at the two further stages of cooking where it’s needed.
I can “air toss” straight from the basket in a pinch if there’s not too much in it, but if there’s a lot in it, the chances of something ending up on the floor are good.
If you’re like me, and this is your first time out, you’re going to wonder why the three separate roasting steps. So I’m going to show you visually the progress at each step.
The photo below shows after the first 20 minutes, still pretty bland looking.
After this initial roast, and a toss, we raise the temperature to 180 C (350 F).
This is to mimic the temperature of fat / oil rising as it recovers from the initial cold ingredients added to it, and really coming into its own. (Classic roast potatoes are roasted in a pan of sizzling-hot melted suet.)
Above you see the roasties after 7 minutes.
Nearly there but not quite.
A toss, then back in for a final 7 minute blast.
And there above we have the finished roast potatoes, after a total of 34 minutes.
The cut sides are crispy, the sides with the skin left on them will of course be softer. The insides are nice and fluffy; the potatoes are quite moist overall.
I just want to give one minor world of caution: don’t overcrowd the basket as that may cause a potato or two to get rammed up against the top heat elements.
Here’s what happens:
Some of your dinner ends up looking like a Hanukkah dreidel piece with a Hebrew letter on it.
Those top elements make burn marks into the food.
Honest; I found out in the usual way, by having it happen to me.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus® : 6 points per cup (140 g / 5 oz). Total Weight Watchers PointsPlus® in the recipe are 25.
250 calories per cup (140 g / 5 oz).
* Nutrition info provided by https://caloriecount.about.com
* PointsPlus™ calculated by hotairfrying.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.
* AirFryer™ is a registered trademark of Philips, Netherlands.