These crispy crowns in the air fryer will have you wanting more. Cooking these little round potato bites is extremely easy. This is the perfect quick snack that your kids will enjoy!
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WHAT ARE CRISPY CROWNS?
Crispy crowns are made with seasoned potatoes. They are also similar to tater tots but smaller. You can easily find these at the grocery store in the frozen section. There are different brands available too but for this recipe, we are going to use Ore-Ida. Other brands have different names for crispy crowns, some you'll find called tater puffs or potato puffs.
It's amazing how potatoes can be made into different types of food – potato chips, french fries, tater tots, hash browns, and many more. Each also has a uniquely delicious taste that we all love.
FAVORITE DIPPING SAUCES FOR CRISPY CROWNS
If you're going to snack on these crispy crowns, you are going to want to have some dips with them. It already tastes good as is but dipping it in your favorite sauces will give it that extra yummy flavor. Here are some sauces you might want to try:
Ketchup and crispy crowns are the most typical combination but also the best. Yes, you can easily buy ketchup at the grocery store or you might already have some in the fridge but with this ketchup recipe, you are able to control how much or less sugar you want in your ketchup. This recipe taste just as good…might be even better. Plus, you can make unlimited supplies!
This ranch sauce will give your yummy crispy crowns some spice to it. If you're a fan of ranch sauce, you definitely have to try this. This blackened ranch sauce is a copycat version of Popeyes sauce. It's easy to make and flavorful.
- Cheese Dip
Another classic dip is cheese. Everybody loves a creamy cheese dip. There are a lot of store-bought cheese dips to choose from. To name a few great ones – Tostitos, On the Border, or Chi-chi's. You can also make your own cheese dip if you want.
There are a lot of dipping sauces to choose from it just depends on your preference. But, anything you'll choose I'm sure it will go with these air fried potato crowns.
HOW TO COOK ORE-IDA CRISPY CROWNS IN AN AIR FRYER OVEN
If you have an air fryer oven instead of a countertop air fryer, you can use it for these potato bites. Here is the cooking method if you're using an air fryer oven:
- Same as with the countertop air fryer, preheat your air fryer oven to 400°F
- Place a single layer of crispy crowns on your air fryer oven rack.
- Cook them for about 12 to 15 minutes or just until they're golden brown and crispy.
Note: There is no need to add any oil or even turn these over mid-way through cooking. So easy!!
HOW TO COOK CRISPY CROWNS IN A CONVENTIONAL OVEN?
Another way of cooking these crispy crowns is with the conventional oven. This cooking method can also be done with a toaster oven. So, to cook these in a conventional oven:
- First, preheat your oven to 425°F
- Next, place the frozen crispy crowns in a single layer on a dark, nonstick baking sheet.
- Then, bake these for about 10 minutes.
- For this method, you will have to flip the crowns over and bake for an additional 8 to 13 minutes.
WHY NOT JUST COOK THESE IN A DEEP FRYER?
You can cook these in a deep fryer too but you're going to need lots of oil and you also need to keep an eye on it. Cooking these in the air fryer is just so much easier. You'll also get the same results of crispiness but it won't be oily like when cooked in a deep fryer.
Cooking with an air fryer is also healthier because it requires less to no oil. You can also just set the temp and cook time then just leave it. Plus, it won't take that long. However, if you want to try cooking it in a deep fryer for comparison, here are the directions:
- In your deep fryer, pour in about an inch to an inch and a half of oil
- Then, heat oil to 375°
- Once the oil is heated up, put in your crispy crowns and fry until golden brown
- Shake the deep fryer basket to remove excess oil then serve
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE CRISPY CROWNS IN THE AIR FRYER
That's the great thing about this, all you need is one thing:
- Ore-Ida Crispy Crowns
No oil is needed in order to get the crowns crispy in the air fryer. I also didn't need to use parchment paper. There was no sticking at all! You can add salt and pepper if desired.
HOW TO COOK CRISPY CROWNS IN THE AIR FRYER?
Once you have your crispy crowns, it is time to get cooking. Follow the instructions below for the best results!
STEP ONE: PREHEAT AIR FRYER
Preheat your air fryer to 400°F. (If your air fryer does not have a preheat function, you can skip this)
STEP TWO: PLACE CRISPY CROWNS
Inside your air fryer basket, place your Ore-Ida crispy crowns in a single layer. You can put as many, but make sure you don't overcrowd it or you can also put as few as you want.
You won't need to spray oil before placing the crispy crowns.
STEP THREE: COOK
Set the cooking time on your air fryer for about 10 to 12 minutes. Cook this until golden brown.
Because you are cooking it in the air fryer, there is no need to turn the crispy crowns over, all sides will be cooked.
Note: you might have to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
STEP FOUR: SERVE
Once they're all done and crispy, remove them from the air fryer and enjoy them with your favorite dip.
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This crispy crowns in the air fryer are quick to make. A yummy and crispy snack for the whole family!
- 1 bag frozen Ore-Ida crispy crowns
Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
Place crispy crowns in air fryer basket in a single layer. Do not overcrown the basket for best results.
(May have to cook in batches depending on the size of the air fryer.)
Air fry for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. There is no need to turn these over because the air circulates on all sides.
Remove from air fryer and enjoy.
- Cooking full-sized tater tots would be the same temp at 400F but just add a few extra minutes of cooking time.
- No oil is needed for this recipe.
- Add extra time if you want them super duper crispy. Or deduct a minute or two if you don’t like a crispy crunchy tot.
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