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Tornado Sweet Potatoes

(Difficulty Level: ✗ ✗)

Tornado (회오리) Potatoes are a popular Korean street food, that use a tool to thinly cut and twirl potatoes on a stick, fry them, and give you long pretty connected row of potato chips!

I wanted to do something similar but with sweet potato. Experimented with both a Korean sweet potato and a purple sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are less waxy and “gluey” than regular potatoes with a higher moisture content so I found them to be a lot more fragile. Tried cutting my spiral a little thicker, which helped. The purple sweet potato held up a little better than the yellow.

I also decided to bake them instead of deep frying them, which made for a healthier, but not as stable option. Sprayed them down with some canola oil and sprinkled with Parmesan before baking.

Still came out to be tasty and made for a more interesting looking snack!


Par (not all the way) cook your sweet potatoes. I baked mine at 400 F for about 10 minutes. You can nuke them in the microwave too. Just don't cook them all the way as I found them easier to cut and work with when still a little raw. I chose to use ones that were smaller in size, but you can always use a larger one and cut them in half (not lengthwise).

Skewer them down the center (I used a chopstick) and use your knife to start cutting around the potato. You don't have to worry about cutting them all the way through, but be sure you are cutting somewhat at an angle so you don't make a perfect circle either. The effect you want is a spiral effect.

Spread out your potato when done cutting. Be gentle and patient. I found using the blade of my knife helped me to spread it out.

Spray with some oil and sprinkle with parmesan or keep as is. The oil will help get the edges a little crispier.

Bake again at 400 F for about 20 - 30 minutes depending on the size of your sweet potatoes, and how thin you cut it.

Add any additional garnishes if desired and ENJOY!


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