The Not So "Tornado" Potato....just for fun!

By inpatskitchen
June 5, 2011
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Author Notes: While browsing, I saw a picture of what was touted as a Tornado Potato, a whole potato spiral cut and wrapped around a skewer and then deep fried Said to have originated in Seoul, South Korea, this potato is now showing up around the USA at fairs and festivals. There is a special cutter you can buy for this or if you have patience you can spiral cut the potato by hand. Having neither the cutter or patience, I decided to string the potato slices on a bamboo skewer and then fry them. Season them with salt and pepper or Greek or Cajun seasoning...whatever you like. The kids will love eating their "fries" on a stick.inpatskitchen

Makes: 4 skewers

Ingredients

  • 8 larger baby Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Vegetable oil for a deep fryer or tall pot
  • 4 12 inch bamboo skewers
  • Salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, Greek seasoning, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder or whatever your heart desires for seasoning

Directions

  1. Leaving the skins on, slice the potatoes about 1/4 inch and slide the equivalent of two sliced potatoes on each skewer.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil to about 360F and place the skewers in the pot or fryer, leaving the bottom of the skewer( the flat end)exposed. Fry for 5 to 6 minutes and remove and set on paper toweling.
  3. Bring the oil back up to 360F and re-fry the potatoes until they crisp up.
  4. Season and enjoy!

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Reviews (22) Questions (0)

22 Comments

SKK August 6, 2011
This is a great idea and fun and looks like it tastes great!
 
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inpatskitchen August 6, 2011
Thanks...gotta love those fries!
 
ChefMommy July 5, 2011
I made these this weekend, got a little dramatic in thinking they should be flaming (was on accident and no one was hurt), they turned out well and for my little ones we just took the potatoes off the skewers they still loved them. Everyone was going on about how cool they were. So from my family to you, "Thanks that was awesome."<br />
 
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inpatskitchen July 5, 2011
I'm glad you had a good time with them....something you won't do every day, but they can add a little drama and fun!!
 
lorigoldsby June 6, 2011
fun! I remember "mastering" the art of peeling an apple in one continous spiral, but can't imagine trying this with spiralling the whole potato! Will definitely try this for the kids at this summer's neighborhood BBQ
 
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inpatskitchen June 6, 2011
It's do-able..I just don't have the patience! Hope the kids enjoy!
 
sexyLAMBCHOPx June 5, 2011
Fun food idea. Skewers would scare me with the kids though.
 
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inpatskitchen June 5, 2011
I guess it would depend on their age... wouldn't give it to my two year old grandson.. but the older ones would love it!
 
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inpatskitchen June 5, 2011
You could always nip off the pointy end of the skewer for the younger kids
 
Sadassa_Ulna June 5, 2011
This is a really nifty idea - do the sticks stay vertical with the skewer ends sticking out?
 
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inpatskitchen June 5, 2011
I set the skewers in a tall glass for the picture... it truly is kind of neat!
 
boulangere June 5, 2011
trim off the sharp ends.
 
Sadassa_Ulna June 5, 2011
They look great in the picture. I wasn't clear in my question but when you say, " place the skewers in the pot or fryer, leaving the bottom of the skewer exposed," are you putting them into the pot vertically, with the skewer exposed out of the oil? Or maybe you lay them in horizontally and use tongs? I don't have a deep fryer and I don't deep fry much so I am just trying to get a mental picture. By the way how did you season yours?
 
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inpatskitchen June 5, 2011
I don't have a deep fryer and used my high sided fondue pot for this. I made sure I had enough oil in the pot ( maybe up about 6 or seven inches to cover the potatoes) and set them in with the bottom of the skewers exposed over the top of the pot.. and watched them carefully while frying. ( hope this helps)
 
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inpatskitchen June 5, 2011
You're right on boulangere!
 
lapadia June 5, 2011
A unique idea, eat on a stick, drizzled with a favorite condiment!
 
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inpatskitchen June 5, 2011
I know...anything eaten on a stick is wonderful. Thanks..
 
wssmom June 5, 2011
This is genius!!!
 
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inpatskitchen June 5, 2011
Thank you wssmom......kind of fun, eh?
 
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inpatskitchen June 5, 2011
Thank you...at least this way you can slide the slices on to your plate.
 
boulangere June 5, 2011
Or eat off the stick at a backyard bbq. Brilliant!
 
boulangere June 5, 2011
Wow, I love it. Probably much easier to eat cut in slices rather in one continuous spiral.