Italian Air Fryer Recipes Air Fry A 2 Course Meal!

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Air frying can help you enjoy your favourite Italian dishes more healthily.

Delicious Air Fryer Italian Meals

If you’re looking to try air frying with Italian cuisine, why not start with dishes like Air Fried Chicken Cacciatore, Air Fried Arancini Balls, Air Fried Focaccia, Air Fried Bruschetta and more?

These recipes can be made quickly and easily in an air fryer, giving you the same great taste as your favourite Italian meals without the added calories.

This blog post will provide step-by-step guides for making these dishes and share tips for air frying Italian food to perfection.

Learn more about authentic Italian cuisine.

STARTERS

Crispy and Delicious Air Fryer Arancini Balls

aranchine balls

Arancini Balls – What Are They?

Arancini balls are an Italian appetiser consisting of risotto rice formed into balls, stuffed with cheese, and then air-fried. A popular street food in Sicily.

Ingredients

  • 300g cooked cold risotto rice
  • 50g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 50g grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 65g plain flour
  • 100g seasoned bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil spray

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How To Air Fry Arancini Balls

  1. Mix the cold rice, Parmesan cheese, and Mozzarella cheese in a bowl.
  2. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture and shape it into a ball.
  3. Repeat until all the mixture is used up.
  4. Use 3 separate bowls, in the first bowl, add the eggs and beat them.
  5. Second bowl, add the plain flour.
  6. Third bowl, add the seasoned bread crumbs.
  7. Dip each ball in the flour, then the egg, and finally in the bread crumbs.
  8. Place the balls in the air fryer basket, making sure they are not touching.
  9. Spray the balls with cooking spray.
  10. Air fry for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Serve hot with tomato sauce for dipping.

This recipe makes approximately 12-15 Arancini balls, depending on the size you make them. Enjoy!

Air Fryer Bruschetta

bruschetta

What Is Air Fryer Bruschetta?

Bruschetta is an Italian dish loved by people all around the world. It’s a simple, yet delicious appetiser made with toasted bread and topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil.

However, with the invention of air fryers, you can make a healthier version of this classic appetiser without sacrificing taste.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of Ciabatta sliced
  • 4-5 medium-sized tomatoes, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • a handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • *Or 1 teaspoon of dried basil for every 1 tablespoon of fresh basil.*
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How To Air Fry Bruschetta

  • Slice and brush the ciabatta with olive oil on both sides.
  • Place the bread slices in the air fryer basket and air fry at 190 C / 380 F for 4-5 minutes or until crispy.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Top each bread slice with the tomato mixture.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Variations of Air Fryer Bruschetta

Air-fried bruschetta is a versatile dish that you can customise to your liking.

Here are some variations of the recipe:

  • Add balsamic glaze to the tomato mixture for a sweet and tangy flavour.
  • Sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese on top of the tomato mixture for a cheesy twist.
  • Substitute the ciabatta bread with sourdough or focaccia bread for a different texture.

FAQs

You can make the bread slices in advance and store them in an airtight container. However, it’s best to add the tomato mixture just before serving.

Canned tomatoes can be used for convenience, but fresh tomatoes will give the dish a fresher flavour

Substitute basil for other herbs such as parsley, oregano, or thyme.

Add diced chicken or cooked prawns to the tomato mixture for added protein.

Air Fryer Focaccia

Air Fryer Focaccia

What is Air Fried Focaccia?

Focaccia is an Italian flatbread baked in the oven and topped with olive oil, sea salt, and herbs. However, with the rise of air frying, people have started making focaccia in the air fryer, resulting in a lighter and fluffier texture.

Air-fried focaccia is made with a simple dough rolled out, topped with various ingredients, and then air-fried until golden brown. The result is a crispy, delicious, and healthy bread that can be enjoyed as a side dish, a snack, or as a pizza crust.

Ingredients

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 fl oz or 8 tablespoons of warm water
  • 2 fl oz olive oil
  • Toppings of your choice (e.g., cherry tomatoes, olives, cheese, herbs)

How to Make Air Fryer Focaccia: Step-by-Step Guide

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, instant yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix well. Add the warm water and olive oil and mix until a smooth dough forms.
  • Once the dough has formed, place it onto a floured surface and knead it for a few minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Roll out the dough into a circle or rectangular shape, about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Add your toppings to the rolled out dough. Popular toppings include cherry tomatoes, olives, cheese and herbs such as rosemary or thyme. Drizzle a little olive oil on top to help the toppings stick to the dough.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 190 C / 375 F. Once heated, place the focaccia dough into the basket and air fry for 10-12 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and crispy. Remove the focaccia from the air fryer and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
  • The focaccia can be enjoyed as a side dish, a snack, or even as a pizza crust. Here are some serving suggestions:
  • Serve as a side dish with your favourite soup or salad.
  • Slice and serve with a dipping sauce, such as marinara or garlic butter.
  • Use as a pizza crust and top with your favourite pizza toppings.

FAQ’S

Bake focaccia in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and bake the focaccia for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

The focaccia can be frozen. Simply place it in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze it for up to 3 months.

Whole wheat flour can be used, but the texture may be slightly different.

Get creative and experiment with different flavours.

Focaccia is not gluten-free as it is made with plain flour, which contains gluten. Make the focaccia using gluten-free flour.

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MAIN MEALS

Chicken Cacciatore In The Air Fryer

Chicken Cacciatore

What Is Italian Chicken Cacciatore?

Chicken Cacciatore is one of the most popular Italian dishes. A traditional Italian dish made with chicken, vegetables, and a tomato-based sauce. Similar to the French dish Chicken Chasseur.

Variations Of Chicken Cacciatore

  • White Chicken Cacciatore: made without tomatoes, which gives the dish a creamy and lighter flavour. It is usually made with white wine, chicken stock and cream.
  • Vegan Chicken Cacciatore: use vegan chicken substitutes, Quorn or tofu, instead of chicken. The rest of the ingredients are the same as in traditional Chicken Cacciatore.
  • Spicy Chicken Cacciatore: add some heat to the dish by using hot peppers or red pepper chilli flakes.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 454g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 125ml chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 50g pitted black olives, sliced
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

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How To Air Fry Chicken Cacciatore

  1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Place the flour in a shallow dish, and coat each chicken breast with flour on both sides.
  3. Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil and add the chicken breasts. Air fry at 200C / 400F for 10 minutes.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook until the vegetables are softened about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, basil, oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes to the pan. Stir to combine.
  6. Once the chicken has cooked for 10 minutes, remove the basket from the air fryer and carefully turn the chicken breasts.
  7. Pour the tomato mixture over the chicken breasts in the air fryer basket. Add the sliced olives on top.
  8. Place the basket back in the air fryer and cook for 10-12 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the sauce is heated.
  9. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.

Air Fryer Calzone

Air Fryer Calzone

What Is Italian Calzone?

A calzone is a pizza pocket that originated in Italy. The word “calzone” means “trouser” or “pant leg” in Italian, and the dish is so named because it resembles folded pants.

It’s made by folding a pizza dough in half and stuffing it with ingredients such as cheese, meat, vegetables, and herbs. It is then cooked until the crust is golden brown and crispy.

What Is The Difference Between Calzone And Pizza?

Calzone and pizza are very similar. The only difference is the shape; calzone is a folded pizza, while pizza is flat.

Calzone is typically smaller than pizza and is meant to be eaten by one person.

Ingredients

  • 250g pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 100g shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 25g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 60g passata
  • 20g sliced pepperoni
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • olive oil, for brushing

How To Air Fry Calzone

  • Preheat your air fryer to 380°F (190°C).
  • Roll the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Cut the dough in half to create two semi-circles.
  • Spread the passata on one half of each semi-circle, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges.
  • Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, sliced pepperoni, garlic powder, dried oregano, and chilli flakes (if using) over the passata.
  • Fold the other half of the dough over the filling, pressing the edges together to seal.
  • Brush the tops of the calzones with beaten egg and lightly brush with olive oil.
  • Place the calzones in the air fryer basket, leaving some space between them.
  • Air fry at 380°F (190°C) for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Different Variations Of Calzone

Calzone is a versatile dish that can be filled with a variety of ingredients.

Some popular variations include vegetarian calzone, meat lovers calzone, seafood calzone, and even dessert calzone.

Vegetarian calzone -can be filled with vegetables and cheese.

Meat lover’s calzone – filled with a variety of meats and tomato sauce.

Seafood calzone – is filled with prawns, crab, and salmon.

Dessert calzone -can be filled with sweet ingredients like Nutella or fruit.

These variations allow for endless possibilities and make calzone a delicious and customizable dish.

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Lasagna Rolls In The Air Fryer

Air Fryer Lasagna Rolls

What Are Air Fryer Lasagna Rolls?

Lasagna is a classic Italian dish that has been enjoyed for generations.

While the traditional way of making lasagna is delicious, it can be time-consuming and requires a lot of effort.

Using an air fryer, you can make lasagna rolls that are just as tasty, but easier to prepare.

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna sheets
  • 500g ricotta cheese
  • 225g shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 45g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the tomato sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 500g passata
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

How To Make Air Fryer Lasagna Rolls

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Cook the lasagna sheets according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain the sheets and rinse them under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  • Lay the sheets flat on a clean surface and set them aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
  • Set the filling aside.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 190 C / 380 F.
  • Place a layer of passata in the bottom of your air fryer basket.
  • Lay a cooked lasagna sheet flat on a clean surface.
  • Spread a generous amount of filling onto the noodle, leaving about 1 inch of space at the end.
  • Roll up the sheet tightly and place it seam-side down in the air fryer basket.
  • Repeat with the remaining lasagna sheets and filling.
  • Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the top of the lasagna rolls.
  • Place the air fryer basket in the preheated air fryer and cook the lasagna rolls for 10-12 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden brown on the outside and heated through on the inside.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!

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