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Watch: Can Lucy Brown cook an entire Christmas dinner for The Smallest Cog team?

Did we mention she's only got a Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2in1 to use?

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In many ways, The Smallest Cog is a truly cutting-edge workshop, full of the latest car restoration technology. But in the food department, things don't normally get much better than a petrol station sandwich with a can of Fanta. Lucy Brown – armed with a Tefal ActiFry and nothing but a Tefal ActiFry – has decided to change that, making the Greenhouses a full Christmas dinner: turkey, stuffing, roasties, sprouts, the lot!

The chaps deserve it, after all. We also wanted to make it as easy as possible for Lucy. Spoiler alert: She does admit in the video that she's NEVER PEELED A POTATO BEFORE. The bods at Tefal have stepped in to help by inventing the Tefal ActiFry Genius XL 2in1 air fryer, which is the only cooking appliance you need to pull off this behemoth of a challenge (with 99% less added fat*). If you don't believe us, we have a video to prove it can be done.

T​he Tefal ActiFry will take care of all the tricky timings, no juggling pots and pans this year. You really will be able to pour yourself a sherry and peacefully (although, unlikely) watch the Queen's Speech, or just neck a craft beer, whatever's your thing.

Not only that, but because the Tefal ActiFry has a paddle which stirs your food for you as well as two separate cooking zones, you can make multiple parts of a recipe in one without needing to lift a finger. The lack of washing up involved here is a huge perk, as is the absence of bickering over who's in too deep a food coma to do it.

I​t is super-healthy in the way it cooks food, which comes down to the fact you use a lot less oil cooking with an ActiFry than with a conventional oven. Your food will hit your plate grease-free. And bonus point, the machine looks like a mini spaceship (enough already, we're sold).

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W​e're not only going to show you how we successfully cook a Christmas dinner in an ActiFry, but also the recipes for each component, Brussels sprouts and all.

Hands down the roast potatoes are the most important part of this festive feast and for that reason it feels like a good recipe to kick things off, then we will run through each recipe for the whole main course.

And we know what you are thinking — how will you fit a turkey in that thing! As Lucy Brown points out in her marvellous video, we have no intention of cramming a Flintstone size joint in the ActiFry. No way! Watch and learn, friends, watch and learn. And remember there's minimal washing up, did we mention that?

The recipes

R​oast potatoes

T​he most important part of Christmas, after Santa

Cook time40min
Serves6
Meals​ide dish

Ingredients

  • 1​kg Maris Piper potatoes
  • 1​ ActiFry spoon if vegetable oil
  • S​alt
  • 1​ tablespoon of rosemary

Instructions

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into 2 inch chunks.
  2. Put potatoes in the ActiFry pan. Drizzle with the oil and evenly scatter the salt and rosemary on top.
  3. Programme your ActiFry to the specied programme and time, and begin cooking.

Recipe Notes

A​ppliance Actifry Genius XL 2in1(Program 1 - Chips)

Recipe by

T​efal Actifry Genius XL 2in1

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with balsamic

O​ur green friends turned charred, crispy and tender

Serves4
Mealside dish

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (454 g) brussels sprouts , ends removed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons (15 ml) olive oil , or more if needed
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • S​alt
  • B​lack pepper

Instructions

  1. Put cut brussels sprouts to bowl. Drizzle oil and balsamic vinegar evenly over the brussels sprouts. Don’t dump the oil and vinegar in one spot or else it will just coat one brussels sprout. You want to make sure to coat all the brussels sprouts.
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over the brussels sprouts. Stir to combine everything and long enough so that all the brussels sprouts soaks up the marinade. There shouldn’t be any marinade left in the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Add brussels to the air fryer basket. Air fry at 360°F for about 15-20 minutes. Shake and gently stir half way through, about 8 minutes into cooking. Make sure you shake at the halfway mark! You don’t wany to end up with uneven cooking. If needed, shake and toss a 3rd time to make sure it all cooks evenly.
  4. Continue to air fry the brussels for the remainder of the time, or until the brussels are golden brown and cooked through. You can check earlier if needed to make sure nothing burns. Or you can add more time if needed to make sure it’s cooked through.
  5. Add additional salt and pepper if needed on the brussels sprouts and enjoy!

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P​arsnips and carrots with honey and spices

C​arrots and spice and all things nice: parnsips

Prep time1min
Cook time3min
Total time4min
Serves4
Meals​ide dish

Ingredients

  • 1.3 kg parsnip
  • 2 ActiFry spoonfuls of honey
  • 1 ActiFry spoonful of Indian spice mix
  • 2 ActiFry spoonfuls of olive oil
  • 1​kg carrots

Instructions

  1. Peel and wash the parsnips and carrots, cut them into thin fries and dry them carefully with a clean cloth. In a salad bowl, mix them with the honey, spices and oil, soaking them thoroughly.
  2. Pour into the pan of your ActiFry all together.
  3. Begin cooking according to the mode indicated (Program 1 - chips)
  4. Season with salt and serve them as you would fries.

Recipe Notes

Introduce parsnip to your kids with these sweet fries, a delicious alternative to typical French fries! And, as always, your ActiFry will allow you to have total control over the portion sizes and, above all, over the amount of oil added! This recipe contains 97.2 kcal / 100 g

Recipe by

T​efal for Actifry Genius XL 2in1

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T​he main event: the turkey

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Roast turkey with pan-fried cranberries

T​he easy-peasy way to delicious turkey success

Prep time2min
Cook time4min
Total time1h
Serves4
CuisineC​hristmas
MealD​inner

Ingredients

  • 2 small turkey thighs, totalling 800 g
  • 100 g cranberries
  • 2 apples
  • 50 g soft parsley and garlic butter
  • 1 ActiFry spoonful of honey
  • 2 ActiFry spoonfuls of soy sauce
  • Salt, ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the turkey thighs in two, at the joint. Cut the garlic and parsley butter into rounds. Season with salt and pepper, and place the rounds of butter on the turkey thighs. Place them in the pan.
  2. Programme your ActiFry and begin cooking for the specied time.
  3. Wash, peel and cut the apples into eighths. Place the cranberries on the tray with the honey, the soy sauce and one small cup of water, cover with the apples. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Once the timer beeps, add the tray with the fruits, then begin cooking for the specied time.
  5. Serve the roast turkey with the apples and cranberries. White rice or mashed potatoes would make a good side dish.

Recipe Notes

T​he cranberries will double up as a ready made sauce of sorts to serve with the turkey

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P​igs in blankets

W​e've saved the best (after the roasties) 'til last

Prep time1min
Cook time2min
Total time3min
Serves6
CuisineC​hristmas
Meals​ide dish

Ingredients

  • 340 g of British Pork Chipolatas (12 sausages)
  • 250 g of Unsmoked Streaky Bacon (10 rashers)

Instructions

  1. Cut the strips of streaky bacon in half, lengthways.
  2. Wrap each sausage with a piece of cut streaky bacon, tucking the ends inside.
  3. Place the pigs in blanket in the ActiFry. Try not to place them on top of each other (keep them socially distanced if you can!). Close the lid.
  4. Cook for the indicated time. After cooking, if you want to make your pigs in blanket even more crispy, cook for a further 3-5 minutes.

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Comments (3)

  • I actually thought this was a very warming video, I think the gadget worked for the environment.

    I’m sure the crew enjoyed someone making an effort for them.

      1 month ago
  • Honestly, I've watched the video and thought that it all looked somehow dried-out and burned. How come this is "the thing" right now?

    Lucy made an effort and everybody was looking forward to it, but all that dried-out stuff.... If she'd really cooked it, it would have been way better, I think.

    I am sad it turned out the way it did.

    Would never buy such a gadget.

      1 month ago
  • I have an air fryer lid for my Instant Pot, and it's bloody great. I did some excellent roast spuds the other day: parboiled, roughed, salt, good drizzle of oil (intending to try lard or goose fat next), and then 20 minutes on the Roast setting. They turned out fluffy and crispy, and definitely worth while.

      1 year ago
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