Are you looking for the perfect savory side dish to go with dinner? These flaky, soft biscuits that are full of Italian flavor can be on your table in no time, especially if baked in an air fryer. This recipe is easy, but the results are incredible. If you don’t have an air fryer( Ninja Foodie, Instant Pot Air Fryer, or any other brand), not a problem. These rolls also turn out amazing if you bake them in a traditional oven.
Biscuits in an Air Fryer?
That’s right! I recently bought a Ninja Foodie, and I have been having a lot of fun with it. With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to come up with an easy side dish that I could make without an oven. After a few experiments, I came up with this really yummy recipe, which according to my five-year-old is, “very tasty”. Which is good, because who wants to eat something yucky with turkey?
How Do You Use the Air Fryer?
There are many air fryers out on the market nowadays, with more coming out all of the time. The promise of being able to eat fried food without the guilt of the grease that usually comes with it was what sold me on getting the Ninja Foodie instead of a plain Pressure Cooker. If I’m going to spend a pretty penny on something, you better believe I’m going to get my money’s worth.
With my Ninja Foodie, air frying is very easy. I spray my frying basket, which came with the Foodie, I place the food on the bottom of the basket, then I put the layer rack on top, close the crisping lid, set my fry time and temperature, push start, then run around doing other things until I hear the beep which signals it is done.
So why use the air fryer instead of baking them in the oven? When I checked my batch of biscuits, I was blown away with how perfectly light and flaky they turned out. It also took only half of the time as traditional baking. However, one downside is that you have to bake them in smaller batches, instead of throwing them all on a baking sheet and cooking them at once in the oven. However, if you aren’t feeding a small army as I do on a regular basis, the air fryer makes enough for the average-sized family.
Tips and Tricks
- If you make more dough than you need, cut out dough and place them on parchment paper, then fold up fan style, and then place in zip lock or freezer bag. Take the biscuits out and bake them as you need them. The dough should last for more than a week, refrigerated.
- Use cooking spray to make sure things don’t stick to your rack.
- If you don’t have Italian seasoning, combine rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme, and oregano to your liking.
Air Fryer Italian Cheese Biscuits
- Air Fryer
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup grated cheese
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and softened butter until the mixture looks like crumbs.
- Add Italian seasoning, garlic, and onion powder. Gently fold in until evenly distributed. Do not over mix.
- Add the eggs to the mixture. Stir until eggs are well combined in the mixture. Do not over mix.
- Slowly stir in milk. Mix until combined. Fold in cheese. Form the dough into a ball.
- On a floured surface, roll out biscuit dough until it is about 1/4"-1/2" thickness, depending on preference, with the rim of a cup, cookie-cutter, or canning jar ring.
- Spray cooking spray inside the air fryer basket and layer rack (if you choose to use one). Place the cut out biscuits single-layered on the bottom of the basket, and on the rack. Set air fryer temperature to 350 degrees, and the timer to 9 minutes. (If making more than 8 biscuits, it may take a couple of batches to bake all of them). If using a traditional oven, place on greased baking sheets and cook at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Once the baking cycle is complete, remove from the basket and allow them to cool on a plate or wire rack. Enjoy as a side dish or for as a snack.
Biscuit-I Can Read Books
As you snack on these delicious biscuits, head to your local library or online book retailer and check out the Biscuit series by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illustrated by Pat Schories and published by Harper Collins. These books are wonderful for kids, especially if you have beginning readers. The Biscuit books are about a cute little yellow puppy and his adventures with his family. (Come on, what kid doesn’t want to read about puppies?)These books are great since the illustrations are engaging, the words are simple, yet there is a story line which the child can easily follow and enjoy.
There are several books to choose from, so children want to read more about Biscuit’s adventures. There are also several free online teaching resources that go along with the books including Reading is Fundamental-Literacy Central, Love to Know, and more. By doing something special, such as baking delicious biscuits and a couple of other fun activities, you bring the story to life, helping your child begin to have a love of reading and learning.