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Two Christmas sides you can cook in an air fryer

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“This one goes out to all the lost carrots over the years that have been just cut into rounds and boiled,” says chef Poppy O’Toole, who goes by Poppy Cooks on social media.

“I’m sorry you went out like that. We will do better. Here’s to more carrots being roasted in honey and going out in style. They deserve it.”

To make this dish vegan, replace honey with maple syrup and use a dairy-free alternative to butter – and you can boost the flavour even more by adding a crushed garlic clove to the honey and butter mix.

Honey roast carrots


4 carrots, peeled and sliced in half lengthways

Vegetable oil, for spraying

2 tbsp runny honey

1 tsp butter

Salt and ground black pepper


1. Heat the air fryer to 180C/350F.

2. Get the carrots in the air-fryer basket and spray them with the vegetable oil. Then cook them for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a microwaveable bowl, melt the honey and butter together for about 30 seconds, until liquidy, then season well.

4. When the carrots have been in the air fryer for 10 minutes, tip them into the honey and butter mixture and mix well so that they are all coated, then pop them back into the air fryer for a further 10 minutes, until sticky, glazed and tender. Depending on the size of your carrots, you may need to cook them for a little longer, so cook in five-minute intervals until tender.

Roast potatoes

“Believe it or not, I’m no stranger to a roast potato or two (or seven), and I’ve made it my life’s work to ensure you have the best potatoes on your plate every time,” says O’Toole.

“With an air fryer, the process is much quicker, which means potato gets to your mouth in half the time – always a good thing.

“For me, the perfect roast potato has a crispy exterior while still maintaining a beautifully fluffy interior, and this recipe does exactly that.”


4 Maris Piper, russet or red skin potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp fine salt


1. Heat the air fryer to 160C/325F.

2. In a mixing bowl, toss the potatoes in the oil and salt, and tip them into the air-fryer basket.

3. Cook for 30 minutes, giving them a proper aggressive toss every 10 minutes, and even poke them with a fork if you want to fluff up the insides further.

4. Increase the heat to 200C/400F and cook for a further six minutes, until golden and crispy.

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