Crispy Accordion Potatoes On A Stick (Potato Skewers)
If you're looking for a new way to enjoy a crispy potato snack, then these accordion potatoes on a stick are the perfect dish for you, like crispy tornado potatoes with a different cut! Plus, this recipe is baked, not fried, for healthier potato snacking!
Wash and scrub your potatoes well then slice them lengthways about 1/2-3/4-inch in thickness.The thicker your pieces, the less crispy the center will be. However, cut it too thin and the accordion potato pattern won't work. Mine were around 3/4-inch for this, though I think 1/2-inch would yield crispier results.
For Thin Slices
To cut the accordion potato pattern, place a potato slice vertically, between two skewers (refer to pictures).
Slice the potato horizontally (sideways) every 1/4-inch or so - try to be reasonably even about it.
Flip over the potato slice and repeat the process, this time slicing diagonally*. Try to cut the same 1/4-inch or so apart, though.
Gently pull the potato from both ends to loosen up the pattern and twist it lightly in your hands. Then push it back together and push a skewer going up through the middle of the slice.
For Accordion boxes
If you want to make the more 'detailed' accordion, then you can do this with a square (rather than sliced) bit of potato.Follow similar steps by placing the potato between the skewers and slicing first horizontally, then flipping over and slicing diagonally.
Step 2: Soak the potato slices
Soak the potato slices in water for 10 minutes. This will reduce some of the potatoes' excess starch and allow them to become crispier when baking.Use boiling water and soak the potatoes for 20 minutes if you want to par-cook the potato and reduce the baking time.
Once soaked, pat the potatoes thoroughly dry with a kitchen towel. If they're not dry, they won't crisp up as much.
Step 3: Bake them
Brush/spray with a little olive oil and optionally sprinkle some salt and bake in the oven for around 40 minutes at 350ºF/175ºC flipping once halfway.If you used the par-boil method, this will be reduced, so check on them at 30 minutes.
Step 4: Season/Top the accordion potatoes
This is the best bi - choose what toppings you want to enjoy these accordion potatoes on a stick with. Check out the list above for tons of ideas, and enjoy!
* I need to experiment with this further - the more diagonal the cuts are will have an effect on the pattern, so feel free to experiment a little with different slices to find your perfect pattern/level.
For potential Air Fryer and Deep Fryer methods, check out the FAQs above this recipe card (in the main post)!
For topping/seasoning options, check out the Ingredients section of the post, above this recipe card!