Over the last two weeks I have tried four new recipes. Two from Facebook and two from the Internet. This is the only one that made the cut. How sad is that? And this is more of a technique than a recipe.
I wasn't so very disappointed by the ones on Facebook. It's not exactly where one goes for great recipes. But one of the sources is (now was) one of my go-to spots for great recipes. I won't reveal which one it is so I'll simply warn you that cauliflower and mustard really do not go together. Don't even be tempted.
As I mentioned, this is more of a technique but it's a good one. I think children would love this. There's just something very fun about spirals. It's a fresh and cute way to fix potatoes. But cutting them can be a little tricky so I don't recommend letting kids help prepare these.
My one complaint was that while I used oil and salt on the potato, I thought it needed more seasoning. So take your time and make sure you get a good dose of salt or other seasoning inside the little spirals.
Baking the potatoes is a snap. I added them to the pan of a turkey breast I was roasting at 400. The skewers were long enough for the potatoes to hang in the air, although that's not necessary. An hour later, when I took out the potatoes, the skewers had buckled in the middle but the potatoes were still fine.
Overall impression? These are more fun than they are gourmet, but worth sharing. Make them once, and I bet kids will ask for them!
Preheat oven to 400. You can bake these with something else. I was roasting a turkey. They were cooked through at one hour, so plan accordingly on when to add them.
Press the skewers through the center of the potatoes lengthwise. One of mine slid right through, the other required amusing machinations.
Start at either end and cut the potato on an angle, never completing the circle. The knife can go all the way through to the skewer. If you get too far off track, just make an adjustment and keep going. It's okay if they aren't perfect.
Spread the coils apart. Sprinkle liberally with oil and make sure you get some salt between the coils. They can be roasted with other items but be sure they have air around them and they aren't jammed together. (Photo below looks like one was touching the turkey, but it wasn't.)
|Ordinary baking potatoes, eyes removed.|
|Possibly the most difficult step was pressing the skewers through the potatoes.|
|Start cutting on a slight angle and keep going through the entire potato.|
|Done! As you can see, they're not perfect. That's okay.|
|Sprinkle with oil and salt. Place in pan. This was not touching the turkey.|
|Fun! They slide right off the skewer and onto a plate.|