Save Oven Space and Make Thanksgiving Dinner in the Air Fryer
We're talking appetizers, sides AND the turkey!
Thanksgiving can be stressful, especially if it’s your first time making the meal for your family. That’s why, we think it’s important to remember you have cooking options other than your trusty stovetop and oven. Air fryer were all the rage this year, and you can make everything from appetizers and side dishes to the main course in these countertop appliances. We’ve rounded up our top air fryer recipes that we think should be incorporated into your turkey-day menu (even if you don’t like turkey!). And, if you don't have an air fryer yet — don't worry! We tested a bunch to help you decide which is right for you. You won’t have to worry about a tedious oven schedule again.
Even though you’re making in it a modern air fryer, this stuffing will taste just like the classic you grew up on. The sliced bread gets toasted in the air fryer, and the flavors of the sausage, thyme, sage and garlic come together in the air fryer in less than an hour. It’s the perfect option for a low-key Thanksgiving dinner.
Your green beans will get a blast of flavor from this simple gremolata topping, which is made from lemon zest, chopped parsley and garlic. The toasted almonds give the dish a great crunch, and the whole thing comes together in under a half-hour. It sounds like the recipe for a perfect side dish to us.
If you’re looking for an appetizer that requires minimal prep and active cook time, these air-fryer stuffed mushrooms are perfect. They only take 25 minutes of work and an additional 20 minutes of cook time. They’re filled with Pecorino-Romano, mozzarella, parsley, mint and breadcrumbs and will be a delicious pre-dinner bite the whole family will love.
Not a big turkey fan? We’ve got another main course option for you that might feel a little more special than chicken. These pork chops are encrusted in a cornflake breading and only take 10 active minutes of cooking time, which sounds like a great alternative to a time-consuming turkey to us! Plus, since your oven won’t be occupied with the main course, you can experiment with some new dishes this year.
If you’re planning on a smaller Thanksgiving dinner this year, it might not be a bad idea to skip the big, time-consuming turkey and opt for a smaller turkey breast that can be easily prepared in the air fryer in less than an hour. These turkey breasts get a crisp crust and are loaded with flavor.
Anything that makes preparing Thanksgiving dinner a little easier is a win in our book — and that especially goes for cooking side dishes. This Brussels sprouts recipe is an air fryer and will be the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table.
If your family doesn’t love turkey, try roasting a whole chicken this year. It will still give your Thanksgiving table a complete look while being far less stressful, especially when made in the air fryer. This recipe takes a record five active minutes, and you’ll have your main course cooked and ready in just over an hour.