Updated: Feb 2, 2021
Is it a bird? Is it plane? No...is's a Tornado Potato! Tornado Potatoes (or Twister Taters) are flavorful, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside spiraled potatoes on a stick! You've seen them at the fair, but now you can make at home with just a couple simple ingredients! I mean, who doesn't love potatoes?? Plus, this recipe teaches you how to make Tornado Potato Hot Dogs! That's a potato spiraled around a hot dog, all on a stick! This recipe is 100% vegan and gluten free, with the option to deep fry, air fry, or bake them!
Yields: 2 Tornado Potatoes
On the left: Air Fried, On the Right: Deep Fried
For making a Tornado Potato Hot Dog/Veggie Dog, you may need a smaller potato so that when its spiraled, it won't extend off the hot dog.
You can spiral you potato to any thickness you want! It can be sliced thin and be more like a potato chip on a stick, or be thicker and fluffier. Just adjust the fry/bake time accordingly!
For the Tornado Potatoes
2 russet potatoes
1/4 cup oil (I don't recommend olive because of its low smoke point)
1/2 tbsp fine salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
For Tornado Potato Hot Dogs
All the ingredients above plus 2 hot dogs or veggie dogs
For Deep Fry Method
Enough canola or vegetable oil to submerge your tornado potatoes in
A food thermometer
A large pot for deep frying your twister potatoes
A basting brush (optional)
A paper towel
An extra potato in case you make a mistake when spiraling yours (optional)
In a small bowl, combine your oil and spices (including the salt).
Wash and skewer both of your potatoes. Hold your pairing knife diagonally over the end of your skewered potato. Cut into it until you kit the skewer and begin slowly turning the potato as you cut it. This will spiral it. Aim to keep each layer the same thickness, around 1/4 cm thick. Gently spread out all the layers you've just cut. Repeat with the other potato.
3. If you're making Tornado Potato Hot Dogs do this step, if not, skip it and continue from step 4: Remove the skewer from the spiraled potatoes and stand one of the potatoes on it's end. Use your vegetable corer to carefully core a straight tube down the middle of the potato. Use a paper towel to pat your hot dog or veggie dog dry then carefully stuff it in the cored potato. Spread out the layers and repeat with the other potato.
4. Use a paper towel to carefully pat try all the layers of the potato. Using a basting brush (or another tool if you don't have one), brush half of the oil and spices mixture over each potato.
5. For Deep Fry Method: In a large pot on medium heat, heat enough canola/veg oil to submerge your Tornado Potatoes. Use your food thermometer to measure when it reaches 360 degrees Fahrenheit. When its ready, submerge one of your Tornado Potatoes/Tornado Potato Hot Dogs in the oil and fry for 10-12 minutes, or until they're golden brown and you can poke through one of it's layers easily with a skewer. Let rest on a paper towel to drain excess oil and repeat with the other one. Let cool, and serve!
For Air Fryer Method: No need to preheat your air fryer, just stick your Tornado Potatoes/Tornado Potato Hot Dogs in the air fryer basket (you may need to clip the skewer short enough to fit) and fry them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, Let cool, and serve!
For Oven Method: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your Tornado Potatoes/Tornado Potato Hot Dogs on it and when the oven is preheated, bake them for 25 minutes, flipping them halfway through. To crisp them up more, switch your oven setting to high broil and let crisp for ~5 minutes, or until desired. Keep a watch on them while they crisp. Let cool, and enjoy!
Feel free to comment below or reach me on Instagram @eats.by.eli if you have any questions, if you have made this recipe, and if so, what you thoughts were! Best wishes!