Somehow Stephen and I have made it this long without an air fryer. His parents have raved about theirs for months and even brought the appliance over to our house once to make dinner. When we were contacted to continue working with the Turkey Farmers of Canada in collaboration with CHEFMAN to test out their 3.5L Air Fryer, I was very excited to get on board.
The CHEFMAN Air Fryer has a dual knob on the front that sets temperature and time. The large basket has a 15-cup capacity and is dishwasher-safe. In addition to frying with 90% less oil, you can also roast, cook, and bake using it. I like how quick dishes are to make; there’s no need to wait for an oven to preheat, and the cleanup is easy. Stephen usually fries using his wok, but storing the oil takes up lots of room in our fridge and you need to watch it closely. With the air fryer, the results are crispy (crispier than baking!), there’s no need for constant attention, and there’s way less oil.
Brainstorming recipes we wanted to try in the air fryer, buns popped to the top of our list, especially sausage buns that we usually buy from our Asian grocery store. Alivia loves these buns and I loved the idea of making them healthier by using turkey dogs, and more fun by turning them into flower buns. We used a simple milk bun recipe that required a second rise, but any rising dough will work, including store-bought puff pastry or even pizza dough. The flavour of the turkey is perfect with the pillowy bun, and if you can find smoked turkey dogs, even better! We played around with making flowers using different numbers of “petals” from 3 to 6. The 3-petal flower buns were a perfect snack for Alivia and two fit in the air fryer basket at a time to cook. The buns came out of the basket crispy, airy, and gorgeously golden. This is an easy, fun recipe to make with just a handful of ingredients!
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Turkey Farmers of Canada. All ideas and opinions expressed are wholly mine.