Wait till you see the syn free party food snacks that I’ve got to share with you today – they make being on a diet at this time of year much more tolerable!
Before I get to them though, I wanted to tell you about the Lidl Hot Air Fryer that they were cooked in because I was sent one to try a couple of weeks ago and it’s been amazing.
I’ve had an Air Fryer for a few years now and is one of the most used pieces of kit in my kitchen and before I tried I was convinced that a budget version of the one I had just wasn’t going to be able to compete.
When we unboxed the Lidl Hot Air Fryer, I was pleasantly surprised with how nice it looked, similar in size and shape to my existing one but with a digital display. Mr Frugal had it unpacked and ready to go in about two minutes flat so it’s definitely not difficult to set up!
The digital display and controls are brilliant, I can set the length of time that I want my food to cook, the temperature I want it to cook at and set it going, all with just a few presses of the button. It’s not just the controls that make this a winner in our eyes though – the basket inside is better than my old Air Fryer too as it’s so much easier to clean with it not being a wire basket like my old one was (that comment is from Mr Frugal who is our chief pot washer).
And then there’s the main advantage that the Lidl Hot Air Fryer has over its rivals – the cost! Priced at £59.99 this is so much cheaper than any other similar model that I’ve come across and it’s genuinely worth every penny.
I think people can think that you’re limited to chips in something like this but that’s not the case at all (although the chips are amazing). It’s a great way to cook healthy food as you don’t need to add any fat or oil to the food which still ends up crispy and golden.
We use ours for everything from sweet potato fries to crisping up jacket potatoes, from bacon to burgers and from chicken breasts to chicken nuggets. I use it to heat up Aunt Bessies Yorkshires (much easier for a mid week meal), to lightly toast burger buns and I’ve even cooked garlic bread in there before so it’s much more versatile that you would imagine.
Rather than share some boring photos of my tea cooking in it I decided to get creative and make some syn free party food snacks to show you just how versatile it is and how quick and easy cooking with it really is.
Surf and Turf mini kebabs
These little mini kebabs are amazing and because they only use a little bit of steak, you can afford to buy a nice piece and wow everyone with your melt in the mouth steak and juicy prawns. I used a pair of scissors to cut my steak into bit size chunks and then I simply used a cocktail stick as a kebab stick and threaded on a couple of prawns and a piece of steak. I popped them in the Lidl Hot Air Fryer at 200 c and cooked them until I could see the steak was medium.
It’s up to you how rare you serve the steak, just make sure your prawns are done properly and don’t forget to leave the kebabs to rest for a while before adding them to your serving plate so the juices don’t run out.
Sweet potato mini stars
How cute are these snacks? I sliced a couple of sweet potatoes into 1cm (ish) thick slices and used a cookie cutter to cut out my shapes. A quick spray with frylight and then I just popped them in the Lidl Hot Air Fryer at 200 c and checked them every couple of minutes until they were cooked.
Hawaiian mini kebabs
No cooking needed with this one – just some leftover gammon chopped into cubes and threaded onto some cocktail sticks with some fresh pineapple. Simple but tasty!
I’ve shared my ideas about Slimming World mini egg omelettes here and here before but today, I made them in the Lidl Hot Air Fryer by using some little foil cake cases I bought last year and filling them with some shredded gamon, tomato, a dollop of cottage cheese and some whisked up egg. I just popped them i the Air Fryer and cooked them at 180 c until the eggs were set.
Spiced prawn mini kebabs
These were so easy to make! I quickly sprayed some prawns with frylight and coated them in some cajun spice powder before throwing them in the Lidl Hot Air Fryer to cook. They didn’t take long at all at around 180 c and then I just threaded them on to a cocktail stick.
Stuffed cherry tomatoes
These were messy to make but totally worth it and would have been even better if I hadn’t used all of the shredded gammon in the mini omelettes as I would have topped them off with that if I could. All I did to make them was chop the top of a cherry tomato and hollow it out. Then I just stuffed it with some fat free cottage cheese and voila – stuffed cherry tomatoes.
Twice cooked mini potato snacks
This is the easiest of my syn free part food snacks! I just boiled some baby potatoes (skins on) and when they were done, I sprayed them with Frylight, sprinkled on some herbs and popped them in the Lidl Hot Air Fryer at 200 c until the skins went a little bit crispy.
You could serve these syn free party food snacks with a little homemade salsa or if you like Quark (it’s not for me) then you could make a dip from that I would imagine.
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