How To Make Deep Fried Whole Potatoes At Home

Of all the amazing ways to have potatoes, fried potatoes may be the best. There is nothing like these crispy deep fried whole potatoes, the smell from a deep-fryer, or the way every potato finds a perfect balance of fat and salt. Despite how unhealthy these potatoes are, we never just stop at once.

Fried potatoes can be made more exciting with amazing toppings. These crispy potatoes are the perfect and downright addictive snack for almost every occasion, be it a midday snack, aside, or a late-night snack.

So, fried whole potatoes sound perfect as a delicious, crunchy snack. It is super easy to make deep fried potatoes at home. You can make these potatoes quickly for breakfast, dinner, or as an afternoon snack for kids. This vegan and vegetarian dish is so kid-friendly and delicious that can be made simply at home.

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Nutritional Facts About Potatoes

How healthful potatoes are in the diet depends upon how they are cooked or what is added to some extent. Sour cream, butter, and oil all add calories. However, plain potatoes themselves are relatively low in calories.

Also, potatoes provide important nutrients, such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, and several minerals. A 3.5-ounce or 100g serving is more than half of a medium-sized potato. If baked with skin, this potato contains the following:

Calories: 94

Fat: 0.15g

Cholesterol: 0g

Carbohydrate: 21.08g

Dietary fiber: 2.1g

Protein: 2.10g

Calcium: 10mg

Iron: 0.64 mg

Magnesium: 27mg

Phosphorus: 75mg

Potassium: 544mg

Vitamin C: 12.6mg

Vitamin B6: 0.211mg

Folate: 38mcg

Also, potatoes provide choline, zinc, and niacin. Different varieties offer slightly different nutrients.

Sodium: Unprocessed, whole potatoes contain very less sodium, about 10 mg each 100 g or less than 1 percent of the RDI. However, this amount is not true for processed potato items like potato chips, French fries, and deep-fried potatoes.

Alpha-lipoic acid: Also, potatoes contain an element called ALA (alpha-lipoic acid). This acid helps in converting glucose to energy in the body. It helps to enhance vasodilation, control blood sugar levels, prevent retinopathy in diabetics, and preserve nerve and brain tissue.

Fiber: Potatoes have fiber, which helps in maintaining circulation and a healthy digestive system.

Flavonoids are a type of organic, phytonutrient compounds, which help in protecting against diseases.

How to make deep fried whole potatoes at home

deep fried whole potatoes

Fried potatoes feature a salty and crispy exterior that encloses a meaty and fluffy interior. Although fried potatoes are usually made of cubes or stripes, they can be fried as the whole too. You can serve deep fried whole potatoes as baked potatoes or a serving of tater tots. To deep fry a whole potato, you approximately need half an hour.

In case, you like to fry multiple potatoes, then work in a batch of four or five for ensuring they evenly cook.

Ingredients:

  • Salt (1 teaspoon)
  • Large potato (1)
  • Deep Skillet
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Large pot
  • Refined peanut oil

Directions:

  • Rinse a large potato under running warm water for about 60 seconds. While rinsing the potato, rub your hands over its skin for removing dirt.
  • With the vegetable peeler, remove the skin of your potato. While doing this, keep the blade away from your body and fingers to ensure you do not get a cut.
  • Place the pot over high heat. Then, fill the pot halfway with water. Now, add salt and let the water come to a boil.
  • Place your potato into the water. Now, cook for about 10-25 minutes depending on the size of your potato. Check the doneness of the potato every five minutes using a fork. If the fork goes in easily, then your potato has cooked.
  • Now, take your potato out of the water and pat the same using a paper towel. Keep it aside to let it dry.
  • Now, place a skillet over medium-high on your stovetop. Next, pour 2 inches of the refined peanut oil. Wait for five minutes to allow the oil to preheat.
  • Place the boiled potato carefully into the oil and let it fry for about four minutes. Turn it using a fork so all the sides cook evenly.
  • Remove your potato from the oil on a paper towel. Pat it dry and serve your deep fried whole potato when it’s hot.

Pro Tips:

  • Refrigerate the leftover fried potatoes and consume them within two days.
  • Do not forget to examine the doneness of potatoes using a fork. So, don’t skip this step because it ensures your potatoes do not explode in the oil.
  • Serve these fried whole potatoes as a side to fried fish, grilled meats, tagines, sandwiches, or eggs.

Another Way to Make Deep Fried Whole Potatoes

If you want to make your potatoes a bit tastier, then you can try out this recipe. Here, you can use whole potatoes or just cut them into cubes for ease. So, the choice is all yours.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes (1 kg)
  • Salt (¾ teaspoon)
  • White pepper (1/8 teaspoon)
  • Black pepper (1/8 teaspoon)
  • Paprika (½ teaspoon) 
  • Oregano or dried thyme (½ teaspoon)
  • Garlic powder (1/8 teaspoon) (optional)
  • Butter (2 tablespoons)
  • Vegetable oil (3-4 cups)

Directions:

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Peel the potatoes and then, cut them into ½-¾-inch cubes. Wash these cut potatoes and let the same drain.
  • In a bowl, combine the ingredients, the paprika, thyme, white pepper, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Now, keep it aside.
  • Heat the oil to 180 C/350 F in a deep fryer.
  • Now, pat the cubes using paper towels for removing excess moisture. Now, add the cubes to the fryer and fry for around 15 minutes or until they turn tender or deep golden.
  • Remove the cubes from the oil and then, drain.
  • Toss the potatoes with reserved spice mix and butter. Serve hot and enjoy!

Check out this video to see the best deep fried potatoes recipe!

How to storage potatoes

You have to store potatoes between 45- and 50-degrees Fahrenheit (or 7 and 10 degrees Celsius) in a dry, dark environment, like a pantry or cellar.

If potatoes get exposure to sunlight, it can form solanine, which causes them to become green. They become toxic. When you store potatoes in the fridge, it causes the starch content to convert to sugar. This adds up an unpleasant flavor to them.

While selecting your potatoes, you should choose potatoes that are un-bruised, firm, and relatively round and smooth. Avoid potatoes that show signs of decay, such as dry or wet rot, potatoes featuring a greenish hue, or any roots. Also, it is better to purchase potatoes that are unwashed and unpackaged for avoiding bacterial buildup. If you wash them early, it removes the protective coating from their skins.

Also, you should not store potatoes around onions. This is because both veggies emit natural gases, which cause the next one to rot. Potatoes feature a shelf life of around 2 months. However, spoiled potatoes could affect others around them. So, remove spoiled potatoes for preventing others from rotting.

Conclusion

So, this is how you can make deep fried whole potatoes in different ways. If you want the classic flavor of fried potatoes, then go with the first one. Otherwise, try out the second recipe to make your fried potatoes a bit spicy. You can also add toppings to your fried potatoes like sour cream or mayonnaise. To make perfect fried potatoes, you need to preserve them well. Do not expose them to sunlight! Now, try out these recipes and serve them hot.

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