We had been mulling the idea of buying a spiralizer for quite some time but weren't sure we'd get a lot of use from it. But thoughts of zucchini noodles and curly fries kept making us want one. Finally, as an anniversary treat to ourselves, we bought one. We tried it out this past weekend, attempting to make Baked Curly Fries. We made sweet potato and regular baking potato curly fries.
We bought this spiralizer. It suctions securely on our counter. It's easy to set up and use. It's actually a lot of fun to use!
First up, the sweet potato. Cut off each end to make the ends flat and secure the potato on the prong side and blade side.
Crank the handle and watch the curly sweet potato bits spill out onto a cookie sheet.
It takes very little time to spiralize through a sweet potato.
It also takes very little time to spiralize through two baking potatoes.
For our first time, we simply tossed the curly potatoes with kosher salt and olive oil, spread them out on a baking sheet, and baked them at 400 degrees. The sweet potato curls took about 30 minutes and the baking potatoes we left in almost an hour while we made the rest of dinner.
We both preferred the sweet potato curls more than the regular potato curls. However, they are not really like curly fries. More like skinny, curly strands of roasted potato. Some bits were nicely crunchy while other bits remained a little soft/moist. Definitely healthier than fried potato curls, but also not quite as tasty. I don't think we'd make baked regular potato "fries" again. They weren't as tasty, but maybe they needed more seasoning than simply salt. We would make the sweet potato "fries" again.
For the regular baking potatoes, we plan to use the spiralizer to make curly strands then wrap the curls in foil with onion and herbs and then grill the foil packet for the grilled potatoes we like to make in the summer.
I'm looking forward to trying spiralized zucchini (zoodles) and spiralizing some other veggies. I'm also looking forward to more baked sweet potato curls because I liked them a lot, much more than chunks of roasted sweet potato or an entire roasted potato.