Love Greggs? Love Pasties? Then you will love this delicious homemade air fryer sausage bean and cheese melt. Made from leftover sausage and perfect for a cheap midweek dinner with the kids.
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Sausage And Bean Melt
I was very late to the Greggs party. The Greggs brand was just taking off when we were moving to Portugal, so it was many, many years before we had the chance to walk into a Greggs and get a warm sausage roll.
On our return back to the UK we fell in love with Greggs. Their various melts and of course the sausage rolls.
But what I love doing most is using Greggs as the inspiration for homemade sausage rolls and pasties. They are just so good. As well as the frozen raw melts that you can get from Iceland and then cook from frozen in the air fryer.
Today’s sausage and bean melt is inspired by leftovers, making something frugal for dinner and my childhood of beans and sausages.
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We love shopping local and have a favourite greengrocer that we get weekly veggie boxes from and a local butcher that supplies a lot of the meat you see on Recipe This. We often find that the quality is much better, and the prices are similar too. We challenged ourselves to make as many meals as possible out of a veg box + meat box and share with you the results.
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Can You Cook Cheese & Bean Melts In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can cook cheese and bean melts in an air fryer, and you will absolutely love it. They are brilliant the air fryer way because of how well the cheese melts, how they are heated through without the oven and best of all the golden glow on them.
You can also do them with a pastie maker like we do or make them in a traditional square shape, like you associate with Greggs.
Can I Cook Greggs In Air Fryer?
Yes, you sure can cook Greggs in the air fryer and you will love doing so. We have had a lot of fun since coming back to England doing air fryer Greggs and anything Greggs that you would usually reheat or cook from frozen in the oven or microwave, can go in the air fryer.
A few examples include our greggs sausage rolls, greggs vegan sausage rolls, greggs cheese and onion pasties, greggs steak bakes (our favourite) as well as using the air fryer to reheat your Greggs magic bag.
Can I Put Frozen Greggs In Air Fryer?
Yes, you can put frozen Greggs in the air fryer, and I was surprised by how good it was. We experimented with a lot of frozen Greggs foods and used the frozen but raw Greggs range and tried them one by one.
Not one was a failure, and the steak bakes and sausage rolls were the favourites.
Though of course today, we will be showing you how to make a homemade sausage and bean melt which is perfect for recreating Greggs in the air fryer.
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Sausage, Cheese & Bean Melt Ingredients
Sausage – During our shop local food challenge what I did was see how far I could stretch some sausages and the last sausage was air fried to go in these bean melts.
Beans & Cheese – You don’t need a full can of beans to make this recipe and then your beans and cheese that is left over can be used the next day over some our air fryer baked potatoes.
Pastry – Then I also made a batch of my air fryer pie crust which is my homemade shortcrust pastry recipe that I use in a lot of air fryer recipes. You can also make extra and freeze it for later.
Egg – We also recommend an egg wash over spraying with olive oil as it gives a much better look and gives that golden glow.
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How To Air Fry Greggs Sausage Cheese Bean Melt?
- Prep. Roll out your pastry. I normally make a batch of homemade pastry in the morning and then bring it to room temperature when needed.
- Sausage. Cut the sausage into small chunks and then air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Mix. Next add to a bowl the sausage chunks, beans and cheese and mix well.
- Pastry. Then roll out the pastry onto a clean worktop with a sprinkle of flour and also flour the rolling pin. Once rolled to a medium thickness like you would have for pie, cut out the circles. One batch should make 4 pasties.
- Fill. Place a pastry round into the pasty maker and push down in case not touching the edges. Then half fill one of the sides with the mixture and then press the other side down to form a pasty.
- Cook. Then place the pasties over a layer of foil in the air fryer and brush with egg wash. Air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f, add extra egg wash and air fry for a final 4 minutes at 200c/400f.
How Long To Air Fry Greggs Sausage & Bean Melt?
We recommend 12 minutes for the perfect sausage and bean melt, as well as an extra 8 minutes for cooking your sausage first.
Though if you prefer you can use ½ can of mixed sausage and beans.
How To Reheat Greggs Sausage, Bean & Cheese Melt?
We also love using the air fryer for reheating our favourite Greggs foods. You can place these sausage and bean melts back into the air fryer and reheat at 160c/320f for 5 minutes and they will be heated through.
You can also freeze leftovers and then freeze in freezer bags for another day.
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Air Fryer Sausage Bean And Cheese Melt
- Firstly, make ahead your pastry. If you are doing this several hours before eating, then you can wrap it in cling film/plastic wrap and store it into the fridge for later.
- Slice the sausage into small pieces and air fry for 8 minutes at 180c/360f and then place into a bowl.
- Also add to the bowl the baked beans and cheese and mix well with a fork.
- Roll out the pastry on a clean worktop making sure your worktop is nicely floured. Then also flour the rolling pin. Once rolled use your pasty maker to create 4 rounds, rolling the pastry again if needed.
- Then place (one at a time) the pastry rounds into the pasty maker, and push down to expand if not at the edges.
- Then fill ½ of one side with the filling and then press down the pasty maker until you have the perfect shape, adding egg wash at the edges if needed.
- Then place the pasties (two at a time) onto a layer of foil into the air fryer basket and brush with egg wash.
- Air fry the sausage cheese and bean melt for 8 minutes at 180c/360f and then brush with egg wash again and then air fry for a further 4 minutes at 200c/400f before serving.