As if you don't already have plenty of ideas for what to serve at your Super Bowl gathering this weekend, I humbly submit a party-friendly appetizer that you can make with your air fryer and that happens to be Paleo.
I'm always surprised to see the niche-within-a-niche cookbooks that hit my desk, and Karen S. Lee's "Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer" (Page Street Publishing, $21.99) is a great example of that. Publishers know that enough people have specialized gadgets and specialized diets that they'll buy books catering to those needs, which is why we're seeing so many gluten-free Instant Pot, sheet-pan Keto or 30-minute vegetarian slow cooker books.
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I'm neither a Paleo eater nor an air fryer cook, but I know that a recipe like this one will be exactly what someone out there is looking for ahead of Super Bowl Sunday. (In this week's food section, we ran a ton of Super Bowl recipes, and in yesterday's livestream, I told you about the easiest way to make guacamole.)
If you don't have an air fryer but want to make these anyway, you could bake these in a 400-degree oven until they are cooked through, between 20 and 45 minutes, depending on how large you roll the meatballs.
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If you ask me, the best part about wontons or dumplings is not the skin but the meat stuffing. So why bother making the wraps when what you really want is the inside? This recipe is quick to mix and fry in the air fryer, so you don’t have to bother with hot oil or steamers. Just pop these gingery minced pork balls in the basket, and 10 minutes later you’ll have fun appetizers ready to please the crowd. The simple ginger dipping sauce makes these bites even more special. Make the sauce in advance so you can serve it with the piping hot wonton bites immediately.
— Karen S. Lee
1 pound ground pork
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
2 teaspoons coconut aminos
2 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/4 cup chopped chives
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, reserve some for garnish
Ginger dipping sauce, for serving
Combine all the ingredients except the dipping sauce in a medium-size bowl and mix well. Take about 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture and make into small, bite-sized balls.
Heat the air fryer to 360 degrees. Place the bite-sized balls in the basket, as many as you can fit. You should be able to fit all of them in the basket. Close the basket and set the timer for 10 minutes. When the timer goes off, place the wonton bites on a plate, garnish with cilantro and serve with ginger dipping sauce.
Ginger Dipping Sauce
I use this dipping sauce for everything, and it especially good for wonton bites or vegetable tempura.
— Karen S. Lee
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup coconut aminos
1 tablespoon mirin or sake, optional (or you can use water)
Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes 3/4 cup.
— From "Paleo Cooking with Your Air Fryer: 80+ Recipes for Healthier Fried Food in Less Time" by Karen S. Lee (Page Street Publishing, $21.99)