If there’s two things in this world that I love, it’s sausage sizzles and air frying the absolute shit out of anything and everything I can get my hands on.

So naturally, when I got my hands on my own air fryer, there was one question on my lips: will it sizzle?

Air fryers do pretty much every task known to man, from baking cakes to roasting veggies, but can they sizzle a sausage? And more importantly, does it taste as good as my local Bunnings Warehouse on a Saturday morning?

Personally, I have the Philips Airfryer XXL (which I was gifted by Philips), which is equipped with fancy schmancy tech that means it sort of just ~knows~ how long to cook things for, which made this task considerably easier.

I originally had plans to make my own sausages from scratch, but on account of the fact that 2021 has been just as chaotic as 2020, I had more important things to do than stuff some sausage casing with mince. If you’re really keen to channel your inner Martha Stewart (maybe without the jail time), you can make your own sausages pre-sizzle, but personally, I don’t have time for that shit.

Philips kitchen ambassador and Insta foodie Elle Vernon hooked me up with an air fryer sausage sizzle recipe because lord knows I’ve got no fucking idea how to develop a bread recipe from scratch.

Honestly, this bad boy is a summer saviour when you’re craving a sausage sizzle but it’s way too hot to actually bust out the barbecue. Not to mention, you can cook the whole thing (including the bread) in the air fryer, which is an absolute godsend if, like me, you’re a lazy bitch who avoids doing dishes like the plague.

I’m fairly certain this recipe is designed for when you’re having a gathering, but from personal experience, I can also confirm that it’s super handy when you come home from a night out, you’re too drunk to cook a real meal and you’re just *really* craving a Bunnings snag. Sure, you can’t justify it as a charitable donation to your local footy club or whoever’s fundraising at Bunnings that week, but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make for the convenience of a sausage in my own house.

AIR FRYER SAUSAGE SIZZLE

Preparation* and cooking time: 1 hour, 10 mins

*Prep dough night before and refrigerate for 12 hours

Serves 6

Homemade Bread Buns:

Preparation: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 13 minutes.

  • 350g wheat flour, whole grain
  • 3g salt
  • 4g dry yeast
  • 240ml water
  1. Add flour, salt and yeast into the kitchen mixing machine and mix together on low speed. Add water and mix for 1 to 2 minutes until the dough has loosened from the edges of the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to sit for 30 minutes, before putting the bowl in the fridge for 12 hours to rest.
  2. Take the dough from the fridge and place on a floured surface. Knead the dough and form 6 small balls. Dust with flour.
  3. Heat the air fryer to 80 degrees Celsius, and place the balls in for 1 minute to warm. Then let the dough rest in the warm appliance for 20 minutes.
  4. Bake the bread buns for 12 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. 

Sausage Sizzle:

Preparation: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes.

  • 6 sausages 
  • 3 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Tomato sauce, to serve
  1. After removing the bread buns, put sausages into the air fryer and set the temperature to 180 degrees Celsius, and time to 15 minutes.
  2. Remove sausages from the Airfryer.
  3. Put the onions in the air fryer and coat with oil.
  4. Cook onions at 180 degrees for 5 minutes or until cooked to your liking, stirring them half-way through.
  5. Mix and cook for another 5-10 minutes stirring every 2-3 minutes.

To serve:

  1. Cut the bread buns in half and place sausage inside. Top with onions, tomato sauce and enjoy!
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