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How to cut a Spiral Potato


A recent episode of the popular Unwrapped program on the Food Network caught my attention when they featured the Spiral or aka Tornado fries. It immediately inspired me to make these deep-fry taters as they certainly looked interesting and fun to eat. The potatoes were cut with a custom spiral cutter before being fried. As I did not have one of those spiral cutting contraption at home, I resorted to the manual way of cutting the potatoes i.e. using a thin sharp knife instead. The result was pretty good. I was satisfied with the outcome although the potato spiral wasn’t as thin and evenly cut as compared to the one’s shown on TV.


Btw, I had to use small potatoes for this method as it’s easier to handle and cut. To make the potatoes crispier, I did the double deep-frying method. You can learn about the frying method here.




How to cut a Spiral Potato

Ingredients


Small Potatoes, scrubbed
Skewers
Sea Salt
Oil for deep-frying

Method

Cut one end of the potato and put the cut side on a cutting board. Insert a skewer into the potato and gently push the skewer all the way through it.

Hold a sharp thin knife at an angle and cut in the opposite direction you are turning the skewered potato. As illustrated in my video, you will see that as I am turning the potato anticlockwise with my left hand, I am cutting the potato all the way through with my right hand in clockwise direction.

After the slicing the whole potato till it touches the skewer, gently fan-out the potato until you have an even gap between the slices that gives you the spiral.

Then, proceed to deep-fry the potatoes. Drain the potatoes on a paper towel, and season lightly with some sea salt. Serve immediately.

Comments

  1. those look great. glad I stumbled upon this site!

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  2. video!! good! Ok, I shall attempt this. It's ridiculously priced outside.. :(

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  3. what a great trick to getting spiraled potatoes. I'll definitely put it into practice for the future.

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  4. Oh, that is so cool! Impressive that you didn't feel the need for fancy gadgets. =D

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  5. Angie...thanks for sharing the technique on how to cut a spiral potato. It has intrigue me since I saw this spiral potato on sale at the night market and I was wondering how in the world they can cut the potato like this....behold you have the answer to my prayer :p I shall try making this for the Piggies and surprise them LOL!

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  6. What a great idea! Love those spiraled potatoes!! Thanks for the video too!

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  7. What a fantastic technique for creating spiral potatoes! Great video :)

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  8. What a fantastic idea - great tutorial!!!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  9. What a great idea, I love the tutorial, thanks so much, I am trying these potatoes tonight with dinner.

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  10. Oh I've tried Hasselback potatoes recently, now I must try these! Thank you for the video tutorial!

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  11. Ah! I used to love the Curly Fries at Arby's, I really should just make these!

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  12. great idea, now i know how to cut spiral potato, thanks.
    my site : http://www.kitchensuperfood.com

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  13. I love spiral potatoes! Never thought about making them at home! Thanks for the video tutorial :).

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  14. This looks super fun! Nice tutorial. Excited to try it out.

    <3Marea @www.TheFoodieFixx.blogspot.com

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  15. These look awesome, I've never had curly fries because I can't justify how processed they are. I can't wait to make them myself!

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  16. LOVE LOVE that video! n the idea of spiral potatoes is SO great! Making them tomorrow for the li'l one. And now I'm heading over to the masoor dal recipe that I just saw an icon of :-)
    Glad I discovered your site through foodgawker!

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  17. What a great post. Thanks for the tip. These will be really fun for the super bowl game. Congrats on making the top nine!

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  18. Thanks for sharing this! I am gonna give this a try at my next dinner party - it will be sure to impress!

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  19. Wow, this looks awesome...restaurant style awesome! ;))I love potatoes and downing a couple of these special textured ones must be another form of pleasure. ;)

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  20. this is excellent for holidays and parties!!!! :D

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  21. Wow! What a great idea. Preparing them is a party piece in itself! Very helpful video.

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  22. So, so cool! I totally bookmarked this to try soon. And congrats on Top 9! :)

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  23. Wicked :)... I must try this... kids will be chuffed... thank you :D

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  24. That is cool. Thanks for sharing the video.

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  26. What a great idea !

    Did anyone tried this out ?

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  27. Great party food!!!

    Bet if i were to make this, it'd be gone in seconds. My boys would go ga-ga-ga-ga-ga-ga over it ;)

    Thanks for the video!

    ps : love your blog.

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  28. Wonderful, delicious and fun - much like them.
    Thanks for this idea and video, Diana

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  29. @Anonymous: Yes, you can check out hanamemories post here. http://hanamemories.blogspot.com/2010/12/spiral-potato.html

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  30. thanks for sharing... im so happy its work! hihi... :)

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  31. Thank you for sharing!
    Here we give it a try
    Greetings from Argentina :)

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  32. @salty lips: Thanks for the link. Your spiral potatoes look amazing!

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  33. Thank you for posting this tutorial! I can't wait to make these!

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  34. Thank you so much!!! You sir, have saved my life! :D thanks again!

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  35. We had some of these for the first time today at a market. Mine was nachos cheese and his was sour cream and chives. They sprinkled the cheese over mine and dipped his in the cream and chives. Very nice.

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  36. I'm so going to try this. Looks absolutely delicious. Thank you!

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