I put my air fryer to the self quarantine test…

By Alex Chung
Writer for Pro Home Cooks

Homemade Poptarts:


  • 1- 9 inch round pie crust

  • 1 jar of strawberry jelly

  • 1 egg, plus a little bit of milk

  • Canola spray

  • ⅓ cup of confectioners sugar

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, plus a little lemon zest

  • Rainbow sprinkles (optional)


  1. Start by cutting the pie dough into 6 equal rectangular pieces.

  2. Add a spoonful of strawberry jelly and seal up the poptarts with a little bit of water.

  3. Take a fork and crimp the edges to completely seal up the poptarts so nothing leaks out.

  4. Next crack and egg and a little bit of milk into a bowl and mix, spray the airfryer with a little bit of oil, and place the poptarts in.

  5. Give the poptarts a coat of egg wash and bake at 315 degrees fahrenheit for 8 minutes.

  6. In the meantime make the icing by whisk ⅓ cups of confectioners sugar with the zest of a lemon and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Set aside.

  7. Once the 8 minutes are up, bump up the air fryer temperature to 350 degrees fahrenheit to fry for another 4 minutes.

  8. Place the poptarts onto a cooling rack and pour over the icing and sprinkle on some sprinkles.

  9. Let cool and munch away!

Breakfast sandwich:


  • 1 sweet italian sausage, taken out of its casing

  • 1 english muffin

  • 1 egg

  • Sprinkling of your choice of cheese


  1. Pack half the sausage into the ring mold that is the same size as your english muffin, remove the ring mold and air fry the sausage patty at 350 degrees fahrenheit for 5 minutes.

  2. Wrap the bottom of the ring mold with aluminum foil and crack the egg into the ring mold or small baking tray if you don’t have a ring mold.

  3. Add the egg into the air fryer and continue cooking everything for 4 more minutes.

  4. Take the sausage and egg out and unmold the egg out of the ring mold

  5. Add the english muffins topped with cheese to the airfryer and cook at 380 for 2 minutes.

  6. Once the english muffin is toasted and cheese is melted, start assembling your sandwich!



  • Bacon pieces, including the grease

  • 1- 9 inch pie crust

  • Milk and egg wash from the poptarts

  • 3 eggs

  • ¼ cup of milk

  • 1 stalk of scallions

  • Handful of french fries

  • 5 strips of bacon, roughly chopped


  1. Using the bacon grease, wipe the bottom of the airfryer to make it non stick.

  2. Add the pie crust into the air fryer to line the bottom tray. Air fry at 350 for 3 minutes.

  3. Whisk together the leftover milk and egg wash, 3 eggs, ¼ cup of milk, leftover fries, chopped up scallion, and bacon pieces in a bowl.

  4. Pour egg mixture into the pie crust mold and air fry at 330 for 12 minutes and then 290 for 8 minutes.

  5. Once it is done, pop it out, let it cool off, and slice into 8 equal slices!

French toast:


  • 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup of milk

  • Pinch of cinnamon

  • 2 slices of bread

  • Strawberry jam

  • Powdered sugar for topping


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, ¼ cup of milk, and pinch of cinnamon.

  2. Dip the 2 slices of bread into your french toast mixture and place the french toast onto a piece of parchment paper.

  3. Add about ½ cup of strawberry jam to a 1 cup measuring cup and air fry everything at 350 for 6 minutes.

  4. Take the parchment paper off, flip over, and air fry for another 5 minutes.

  5. Stack the french toast together and pour over the warm strawberry jam. Top with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Broken Cheese Sauce:


  • 1 cup of shredded cheese

  • ⅓ cup of milk

  • 2 tablespoons of water


  1. In a medium sized glass bowl, add in 1 cup of shredded cheese and ¼ cup of milk.

  2. Air fry at 350 for 3 minutes or until all the cheese is melted.

  3. Add a little bit of water and mix. This will actually break the cheese and turn it into a mozzarella cheddar cheese mix.

  4. Take the cheese blob that formed and place into the fridge too cool and harden.

Fried Onion Broken Grilled Cheese Sandwich:


  • 1 medium sized onion, sliced thinly

  • Canola oil for spraying

  • Sprinkle of salt

  • Broken cheese sauce, hardened

  • 2 slices of bread


  1. Spray the bottom of the air fryer tray to make sure nothing sticks.

  2. Next, add the thinly sliced onion into the air fryer, give it a spray of oil, and a sprinkle of salt.

  3. Air fry the onions at 250 for 15 minutes until they become crispy and dry.

  4. Meanwhile, spread the broken cheese sauce on top of one slice of your bread. Top with your air fried onion, close up the sandwich, and give both sides of the sandwich a spray of oi so that everything gets crispy.

  5. Air fry the sandwich at 350 for 8 minutes. Cut diagonally and enjoy!

Stuffed mushrooms:


  • 1 piece of bread

  • 1 sausage

  • ¼ cup of shredded cheese

  • 1 scallion, diced

  • Drizzle of soy sauce

  • Drizzle of sriracha

  • 7 mini portobello mushrooms


  1. Air fry your slice of bread and air fry at 360 for 8 minutes so that it can be made into breadcrumbs for the stuffing.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 sausage, ¼ cup of shredded cheese, 1 diced scallion, a drizzle of soy sauce, a drizzle of sriracha, and lastly crumble in ½ of your air fried piece of bread.

  3. Stuff your mini portobello mushroom with your sausage mix and air fry at 375 for 10 minutes.

  4. Take them out of the airfryer and let them cool off a bit before giving them a try.

By Alex Chung
Senior Food Writer at Pro Home Cooks
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