Smokey potato twists

  • potato-twists
Skill level
Preparation Time
15 minutes
Cooking Time
20-25 minutes
Serves 4 (3 per person)
Quick & easy
Side dish

Once you've mastered the cutting technique these crispy potato twists make an impressive party snack or side dish. Seasoning with paprika gives them a deliciously smokey kick


  • 12 medium sized potatoes (longer thinner potatoes work best)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 20ml olive oil
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • You'll also need a bamboo skewer for each one


  1. 1Preheat oven to 200˚C / Fan 180˚C / Gas 6 and place two large baking trays in the oven to heat up.
  2. 2Push a bamboo skewer through each potato, leaving the potato at one end of the skewer.
  3. 3Cut the potato into a spiral (or tornado) shape by hand by using a very sharp knife and cutting into the potato at the top and twisting it as you cut until you get to the bottom (or for ease use a potato spiral cutter).
  4. 4Once the potato has been cut through, fan it out the length of the skewer.
  5. 5Combine the olive oil with the paprika and salt.
  6. 6Using a pastry brush distribute the oil mixture over the potatoes and place on the baking trays in a single layer. For a healthier option spray the skewers with fry light and dust with the paprika.
  7. 7Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and crispy.
  8. 8Serve the skewers as they are as nibbles or part of a meal.
  9. 9Also works well with various flavours (herbs, fajita spices, garam masala) and parmesan could also be used to flavour by sprinkling a small amount over the swirls a couple of minutes before the end of cooking.