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A review of the Every Day Easy Air Fryer cookbook. A recipe for African Piri-Piri Chicken Drumsticks from the cookbook is included in post.
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- Author: Urvashi Pitre
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 30, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1328577872
- ISBN-13: 978-1328577870
- Purchase on Amazon
For some folks new appliances can be a little overwhelming. First you have to learn how to use it. And, you have to figure out how to make recipes with it. A good cookbook can help you learn how to make recipes, and it can also help you use your appliance. Every Day Easy Air Fryer is a cookbook that does both of those things well.
- Eggs & Cheese
- Beef, Pork & Lamb
- Sauces & Spice Mixes
The cookbook opens with lots of elpful information about air fryers and how to use them. Then come the recipes. The recipes in this cookbook are really put together well. Instructions are easy to understand and follow. Prep and cooking time, and even cooking temperature, are all highlighted near the top of the recipe, making it much easier to know if you have the time to try making a new dish. Every recipe has a terrific color photo. If you have or are getting an air fryer, or if you’re giving one, this cookbook would be an excellent choice.
Everybody knows how difficult it can be to get a delicious meal on the table night after night, not to mention a healthy one made from real and readily-available ingredients. Enter the air fryer, the must-have, revolutionary kitchen device. As Urvashi Pitre, the best-selling author of Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, will show you, the air fryer makes home cooking easy. Every one of the recipes in this book can be made in an hour or less, and many are on the table in as little as 30 minutes. You won’t find “cream of anything” cans in the ingredient list: instead you’ll start with fresh ingredients—healthful meats and vegetables—and let the air fryer do the hard work. In her signature way, Pitre will walk you through the simple process so you can learn to use your air fryer like an expert in no time. And there is no shortage of flavors—with recipes inspired by authentic Indian, Korean, Mexican cuisines and more, including Poblano Cheese Frittata, Thai Chicken Sate, Chicken Fajitas, Shrimp Scampi, and Chinese Spare Ribs, to name just a few. And because you’re using an air fryer, you won’t need to cook with loads of oil to get incredibly tasty results. Just like the recipes on the author’s popular blog, twosleevers.com, these recipes will always work perfectly and taste great.
Benefits to Air Fryer Cooking:
Minimal oil needed to cook most foods
Doesn’t heat up entire kitchen
Has fan-forced heat so it reduces cooking time by 25 to 35%
Fan-forced heat can produce a crisper outer crust than baking alone
More energy efficient: lower temperatures and shorter cooking times
Splatters are contained to within the device
All of the surfaces (drum and grid/basket) can be put in the dishwasher
Smaller footprint than oven so it’s great for smaller spaces like dorm rooms, apartments, and RVs.
Drastically shorter pre-heating time
Urvashi Pitre moved to the U.S. thirty years ago with $20 in her pocket, two suitcases, a college scholarship, and a headful of Indian recipes passed down through her family. Now she runs her own global consulting firm. She lost 80 pounds following a restricted calorie, low-carb, keto diet, and she uses her blog, Two Sleevers, to share recipes with others. She is the author of Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook, Every Day Easy Air Fryer, and Instant Pot Fast & Easy.
Here’s a recipe from Every Day Easy Air Fryer.
AFRICAN PIRI-PIRI CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS is excerpted from EVERY DAY EASY AIR FRYER © 2018 by Urvashi Pitre. Photography © 2018 by Ghazalle Badiozamani. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.
AFRICAN PIRI-PIRI CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS
This slightly spicy chicken dish originated in Africa, after the Portuguese brought chile peppers into Mozambique. (Piri-piri means “chile” in Swahili.) Luckily for you, you don’t have to go to Mozambique or Portugal to enjoy all the great spicy goodness of this piri-piri chicken. Bottled piri-piri sauce is available at specialty markets and online. You can substitute another hot sauce, like Tabasco.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
MARINATING TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 65 minutes
COOK TEMPERATURE: 400°F
DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo*, Low-Carb
For the Chicken
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup piri-piri sauce or hot sauce
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 chicken drumsticks
For the Glaze
- 2 tablespoons butter or ghee (page 187)
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon piri-piri sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1. For the chicken: In a small bowl, stir together all the ingredients except the chicken. Place the chicken and the marinade in a gallon-size resealable plastic bag. Seal the bag and massage to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours, turning the bag occasionally.
2. Place the chicken legs in the air-fryer basket. Set the air fryer to 400°F for 20 minutes, turning the chicken halfway through the cooking time.
3. Meanwhile, for the glaze: Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the thyme and garlic. Cook, stirring, until the garlic just begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the piri-piri sauce and lemon juice. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter. Pour the glaze over the chicken. Serve immediately.
NOTE: If you eat Paleo, use a compliant piri-piri sauce, and ghee instead of butter.