Let’s face it: potatoes are one of the most versatile foods that there is. In America, we eat them with a lot more meals than we may think we do. Although there’s the obvious versions we have in French fries and mashed potatoes, potato fillers are often used in all kinds of different processed foods as well as in our favorite snacks, potato chips. While they definitely have an appeal as both a high and low food, today we’re talking about making potatoes in a fancy new way that you may never have had before.
If you’ve ever been to a street fair, you’ve probably seen all the fancy fried foods that they sometimes have for sale of the back of the food carts. One of the coolest of these is the spiralized potato, or the “tornado” potato. Although it looks difficult to pull off, this recipe is actually incredibly easy to do right at home—and it’s also incredibly delicious. Because it looks tricky to pull off, it’s almost definitely sure to impress any friends and family you serve it to. Are you ready to give it a shot? Let’s go.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a pastry brush
- a knife
- 1 cup of parmesan
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Here’s what you do:
1. To start things off, simply get your potato and carefully skewer it with a bamboo stick. You’ll need one skewer per potato and you can make as many as you want!
2. Once your potatoes are skewered, get out your knife and carefully start a diagonal cut around the end, pushing down so that the blade rests on the skewer in the center. Begin turning the potato around in your hand with the knife resting on the middle so that you create a spiral cut all the way around the potato while still keeping it on the skewer.
3. With the potato cut all the way around, carefully pull the “slices” away from each other so that it spreads across the entire skewer and creates space between the layers. After it’s all spaced out, dip your pastry brush in melted butter and rub it generously all over the spiral-cut potato.
4. Next, get out a small bowl and mix together your parmesan, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and salt. Mix it all up evenly and then use a spoon to dip and cover your potato skewer in the coating. Add more mix as you see fit but use the proportions above!
5. Once your skewers are well coated, bake them in the oven at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Once the time is up, you’ll have some deliciously spiralized potatoes that are a perfect balance of crispy, buttery and soft!
While this recipe looks impressive from the outset, it’s actually very easy to pull off. Still, the result is an awesome recipe that tastes better than almost any potato dishes we’ve ever had! The outside combines the best parts of French fries and breakfast-style home fries while the inside stays soft and buttery. As always, we encourage you to have fun with this one and mix in your own seasonings as you get more experienced with this recipe. Let us know how it goes!
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