Cooking English Muffins and Bacon on the Ninja Foodi
I just got my Ninja Foodi.
It’s so new that the box is still sitting in my living room. I am not a stranger to high-pressure cooking and have loved my instant pot for some time.
But one thing the instant pot can't do is air crisp which will both cook and crisp food. A feature I'm very excited to try out. Needless to say, I instantly started looking for some Foodi recipes. There certainly wasn't a Ninja Foodi recipe for what I planned to make.
I’ve had a chance to play with it two or three times now and it is been a ton of fun. I am instantly intrigued that this pressure cooker has a dedicated crisp basket. Combined with the crisping lid this thing also works has air fryer functions. They allow you to cook and crisp food inside of the crisp basket.
The Ninja Foodi cooker has so many options, I wonder if someone could cook on this thing indefinitely.
I’m sure that it has some limitations but I think that’s all part of the fun of getting a new cooking device. You learn to adapt based on what you’re cooking and what your needs are.
One of the first things that I tried cooking was bacon.
No, I’m not completely green to this type of device, I have had a pressure cooker for about the past three years and it has been an indispensable part of my quiver of cooking tools. However, I mostly use it for two things. Making rice, and cooking frozen meat.
One of the aspects of the cooker that really intrigues me is the air crisp function. Along with being a pressure cooker, it also works as a slow cooker. But the opportunity to broil and bake will be fun to experiment with.
Although I love a bagel sandwich, today I'm making a bacon breakfast sandwich.
It will be fun to put the air crisp function to the test and try to cook English muffins inside of it. I wonder how the English muffins will brown. English muffins that are underdone are gross. But I absolutely love the way that a properly cooked English muffin tastes.
Chances are, my breakfast sandwich would most likely either have butter or mayonnaise on it along with the bacon.
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about people using mayonnaise as a browning agent for everything from grilled cheese sandwiches to steaks so I figured that it would be fun to do a test and see if the mayonnaise work as a branding agent for the English muffin.
The English muffin on the right I adorned with three small pats of butter and each half. The one on the left got a decent slather of mayonnaise on each half.
Set the device to cook at 390°F for four minutes. The English muffins get placed inside the cooker with no preheating.
When four minutes what was up I took a peek at them. They are already looking delicious but there are some differences.
The buttered English muffins were getting almost at orange hue to them and you could tell they were on their way to turn a beautiful golden brown.
The English muffins that have a slather of mayonnaise on them we’re beginning to crisp nicely however the mayonnaise had only really melted and some of the areas on the perimeter of the muffin half in the middle still looked a bit like mayonnaise. Because of this, I decided to cook at the same temperature for an additional two minutes to see what would happen.
After six minutes of cooking the English muffins on the ninja foodie, my experiment was done.
The English muffin with butter on it clearly was a bit more browned it looks a bit more delicious than the one with mayonnaise but only slightly.
When I tasted each of the muffins it was pretty clear that the air fryer had actually enhanced the flavor of the spreads or at least did not dilute or drown the taste.
The buttered English muffin tasted quite buttery. It had a delicious nutty flavor with hints of salt. The muffin slathered with mayonnaise tastes creamy and a little bit sweet, just like mayonnaise is supposed to taste.
Both of the English muffins seem to have a bit more grease on them that I care for however, I’m sure I could scale back the amount of butter or mayonnaise I put on them in the future.
I’m actually looking forward to doing a grilled cheese sandwich in the Ninja Foodi to see how it turns out real soon.
Have you made anything fun, interesting, or different in your Ninja Foodi or air fryer? If you have I would love to know. Please leave me a comment as to what is your favorite thing to cook on the air fryer and maybe I will give that a shot next time.