GARLIC BREAD IN THE AIR FRYER

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Garlic bread made in an air fryer can have several health and nutritional benefits compared to traditional oven-baked garlic bread. Here are some potential benefits:

 

1. Reduced oil/fat content: Air fryers require significantly less oil compared to traditional frying or baking methods. By using less oil, you can reduce the overall fat content in your garlic bread.

 

2. Lower calorie count: With less oil, air-fried garlic bread may have fewer calories compared to its oven-baked counterpart. This can be beneficial for individuals who are watching their calorie intake.

 

3. Retained nutrients: Air frying generally preserves more nutrients in food compared to deep-frying, as it requires less cooking time and doesn’t involve submerging food in oil. Garlic is known to contain beneficial compounds like allicin, which has antimicrobial properties. Air frying helps retain these compounds to a greater extent.

 

4. Improved digestion: Garlic is known for its potential digestive benefits. It may help stimulate digestive enzymes, promote healthy gut bacteria, and aid in digestion. Consuming air-fried garlic bread with moderate garlic content may support digestion.

 

5. Antioxidant properties: Garlic contains antioxidants that can help combat free radicals in the body, which may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Although the air frying process may cause some nutrient loss, garlic’s antioxidant properties can still be retained to some extent.

 

It’s important to note that the overall healthiness of garlic bread in the air fryer will depend on the specific recipe and ingredients used. For example, using whole wheat bread instead of white bread can increase the fiber and nutrient content. Additionally, moderation is key, as garlic bread can still be high in carbohydrates and sodium.

 

 

GARLIC BREAD IN THE AIR FRYER

 

Up until recently, I’d been babysitting it in the oven, but not anymore! Crispy, buttery garlic bread only needs 5 minutes in the air fryer!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil, DIVIDED

¼ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2-4 cloves (or 1 tablespoon) minced garlic

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons minced curly parsley

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1, 11-14 oz. loaf of Italian, French, ciabatta, or baguette bread; cut into 1-inch thick slices

Instructions:

In a small mixing bowl, mix together the softened butter, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, salt, parsley, parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese until combined.

Lightly brush the bottom sides of the bread with the remaining tablespoon olive oil.

Spread 1-2 tablespoons of the garlic bread cheese mixture on the top side of each slice of bread, or enough to cover the bread with ⅛-inch of the mixture. This might be more or less, depending on how wide your pieces of bread are.

Preheat the air fryer with the air frying racks installed to 375 degrees. If you do not have air frying racks, heat up the air fryer with the basket installed. Add the slices of buttered bread to the air fryer racks or basket, leaving at least ½ inch of space between the bread.

Air fry the garlic bread for 4-5 minutes, or until the bread is crispy and the cheese mixture is golden brown and bubbly. Serve the bread hot!

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