Everyone knows that french fries are a great side dish for burgers, hot dogs, and more. But what if you could make them healthier? Well, with this recipe, you can! These apple fries have all the taste of regular fries, but they're made with apples instead of potatoes, making them much better for you.
Plus, since they're baked in an air fryer instead of deep fried apples, it's easy to make these at home without all the mess or fuss that comes from using a deep fryer.
Why Are They Called Apple Fries
Apple fries are a classic dish found around the world. You might even be eating apple fries right now without realizing it! These crispy fried slices of sweet crispness are served hot out of the oven.
But what makes them so unique? Why do we call them "apple fries"? Let us explain.
The name "apple fries' originated in England during the 1800s. At that time, there was no such thing as a fast food restaurant. Instead, people would go to a local pub and eat a meal called a "fry up."
This consisted of deep frying a piece of meat or vegetable and topping it with gravy.
How to Cut French Fries From Apple
To start, you'll need to cut your apples 1/4" thick. This can be a little tricky, but don't worry! A sharp knife and cutting board are the best way to achieve this. You can also use a measuring tape if you want.
Once your slices are done, please put them in a bowl with all of your spices and mix well to coat each piece thoroughly.
To Peel Or Not To Peel
The choice is yours. Do you want to keep your potato skin on or take it off? This is one of those things where some people like the look of the peeled potatoes while others don't care for the texture.
This is the perfect recipe for you if you're looking for something easy to make and delicious. Remember to choose whether you prefer peeling or keeping the skins on.
What Kind Of Apples Make The Best Apple Fries?
The secret sauce behind the best-tasting apple fries is simple: tartness. Tart apples contain high malic acid levels, giving them their signature tangy flavor.
While sweet varieties like Red Delicious and Golden Delicious work well, tart apples produce the most delicious fries.
Tart apples usually fall into three categories: Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Braeburn. These three types of apples are the most common tart varieties used to make apple fries.
But there are dozens of other tart apples you might want to try next time you fry up some delicious treats.
What You'll Need
- 2 Medium Apples
- Cutting Board
- Vegetable Peeler
- Oven Mitt
- Cooking Sheet
- 1/4 cup Cornstarch
- White Sugar
- Salt & Pepper
How To Make Apple Fries
Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and dry your apple slices thoroughly. Cut each piece into wedges about 1 inch thick. Place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top—Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and toss with cornstarch. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. When finished, drain excess water off of the fries. Serve immediately.
Recipe 2( Cinnamon Apple Fries)
1-2 Medium Sized Apples. Just wash them and cut them however you want. Be aware that thicker cuts or wedge fries will take longer to cook. The times listed below are for a traditional amount of french fries. You don't have to peel them, but you can if you want to.
2 to 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. The amount will depend on how many fries you have. Be careful around here. You want to use the starch to "dust" the apples, not "bread" them. You can also use the same amount of arrowroot powder instead of cornstarch if you don't want cornstarch.
One teaspoon of oil. This is best done with an oil sprayer (Get more info on the ). An oil sprayer can get a more even coat on your apples. If you don't have one, it's best to toss the fries in a mixing bowl before putting them in the air fryer. Best oil sprayers here
One teaspoon Ground cinnamon. For Classic apple pie fries, you can also use apple pies spice or leave out all spices. They aren't required, but they add some tasty flavors.
One tablespoon of granulated sugar. This step is optional; the amount can bechanged to suit your taste. This is best sprinkled on after the fries are cooked so it doesn't fall off when you flip or shake them. So add whatever you think will make it taste good.
- If your air fryer can be warmed up, set it to 400F.
- If you prefer to Apple peels before cutting them into fries, do that first.
- Carefully "dust" them with cornstarch, making sure to do so. You're not trying to bread them, so make sure the starch is thin and not thick. Then, use an oil sprayer to coat them with oil. Still, this is a thin layer of fat. Don't wet them down.
- If you want to use spices, sprinkle them over the fries that have been oiled.
- Put your apple slice in one layer on the tray or basket of your air fryer.
- Cook until doneness is reached (about 10-15 minutes).
- Put in a bowl and sweeten to taste with your favorite sweetener.
- Note that you can easily make apple chips instead of fries in an air fryer. But we have a great recipe for apple chips coming up. So keep watching.
Recipe 3( Green Apple Fries)
- Sliced Green Firm Apples
- Lemon Juice
- one cup Sugar or Coconut Sugar
- Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
- Coconut Oil
- Vanilla Extract
- Ice cream
Toss firm apple slices with water, lemon juice, cinnamon, and coconut oil.
Get the ingredients ready on the counter. The water will be added first to prevent browning.
Then you'll add the lemon juice and cinnamon to your liking (I like mine a bit spicy). The coconut oil will last—just enough to light coat all of the apple slices without overwhelming their flavor or making them greasy.
After mixing your apples , Preheat air fryer for about 30 seconds. use a spoon or spatula to transfer them into an air fryer basket lined with parchment paper (which makes cleanup much easier).
If you don't have parchment paper, use aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray instead.
Pour apples into the air fryer basket and set to cook for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Once the apples have been placed in the air fryer, use a spatula or tongs to spread them out so that they are in a single layer and fill up as much space in the basket as possible (don't worry if there is some overlap).
Make sure to coat your air fryer basket with cooking spray before adding any food, especially if it's nonstick coated! This will help prevent anything from sticking to it while cooking, which could lead to some unpleasant-looking results down the line—not just on your plate but also inside your machine when you're trying again later on.
Flip the apple fries over gently halfway through cooking.
You don't want to break them!
Flipping them over is essential because you need all sides of each fry to get crispy, which will also help them cook more evenly.
You can use a spatula or tongs for this step if you like, but I prefer using a spoon (the kind with holes in it) because it doesn't require me to reach into the air fryer at all. If you don't have one handy, either option should work fine.
Now that you've made your apple fries and taken a moment to bask in their glory, it's time for the best part: eating them.
Add all ingredients except vanilla extract to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. I was constantly stirring until the mixture began to thicken and bubble around the edges, 2–3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract (to taste).
Keep constantly stirring until the mixture thickens and bubbles around the edges.
Do not let it burn, and do not let it boil over.
Once the apple fries are golden brown, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool for 10 minutes. Then add one teaspoon vanilla extract to a small bowl and stir until combined. Drizzle over warm apple fries, or pour into a squeeze bottle for more accessible application (I love my trusty squeeze bottle!).
- First, spray the basket of the air fryer with olive oil spray.
- Do not fill your basket too much. Apple fries should only have one layer. If you don't, they won't cook right.
- Spray them with olive oil if you want them to get crispy.
- Serve with a great sauce to dip in.
- Make sure you only put one layer of apples in the air fryer. Don't put pieces on top of each other, or they won't cook right and will be soggy or undercooked.
- Every air fryer heats up a little bit differently. So use the cooking time as a guide and keep an eye on the fries.
- Also, cook in batches if you want to make a lot to feed a lot of people. For example, turn the oven to low and put a single layer of cooked Apple fries in the oven to keep them warm.
Dipper Ideas For Apple Dessert Fries
The Dipper's delicious apple fries are about to get even better. In honor of National French Fry Day, we're giving you some ideas for dipping options.
Apple fries are one of our favorite treats around here. They're crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. To make them extra special, why not try making them into something else? We've got three fun ideas for you to consider.
First up, caramel sauce. Dip each fry in melted caramel sauce or dip it in a bowl of ice cream. Next, add hot fudge.
This recipe calls for sprinkling chocolate chips over the fries. Last but certainly not least, whip up some whipped topping. Top the fries with vanilla yogurt and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Sweet Apple and healthy at the same time
Have you ever noticed that the apples that look freshest at the grocery store are often not as flavorful as those that are a bit past their prime?
These apple fries make a delicious snack—they use those less-than-perfect apples! They're also delicious when paired with caramel sauce, so it's no wonder they are one of my favorite healthy side dishes.
This recipe is straightforward and doesn't take long at all. It's perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends when you don't feel like cooking anything complicated. And because no oil is involved in this recipe, your fries will be healthier than regular french fries.
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How to make air fryer apple fries FAQs
1. How many minutes should I air fry fries?
Air frying fries are a great way to cook them quickly. The time depends on how much oil you use and the temperature you set the oven. If you want crispy fries, cook for about 2 minutes per side at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. If you prefer softer fries, cook for 4 minutes per side at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Are Apple Fries healthy?
Yes, they are! They contain fewer calories and fat than regular fries and are also healthier for you. However, the best thing about them is that they taste great, especially when dipped into ketchup and sprinkled with salt.
3. How do you make matchstick apples?
Matchstick apples are made using wax paper, dipped into hot water until the wax melts, and sticks to the apple. The result looks like an artichoke.
4. How do you make apple fries in an air fryer?
The first step is to cut up apple slices. Then, please put them in the air fryer basket, along with some oil and seasonings. Next, place the lid on the basket and turn on the heat—Cook for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Should I soak Apples before air frying?
If you want to fry apples home, use oil instead of water. This method is called steaming, which makes the apple soft and juicy. Steaming also creates crispy skin on the outside.
I hope you enjoy these apple fries as much as We do. They're a great side dish for any meal and make a delicious snack. You can even use them in place of french fries if you want to cut back on carbs and calories.