Kartoffelspiralen (tornado potatoes)

Kartoffelspiralen or tornado potatoes are commonly found at Bavarian Christmas markets. I discovered Kartoffelspiralen when visiting my wife's family in Munich. Wholesome and super tasty, these quick snacks will quickly become one of your family's favorite firelight foods.

What you need:

  • Organic waxy potatoes

  • Wooden skewers

  • Spice mix: 1 tablespoon pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • Melted Ghee (clarified butter)

  • Aluminum Foil

  • An open fire (I used my yule log - see my tutorial for more info)


  1. For this recipe, it is important to be using both waxy and organic potatoes. Waxy potatoes maintain their shape and texture when boiled and exposed to an open flame and organic potatoes can be served with their peels.

  2. To prepare your potatoes, first scrub them clean and then boil them in 4-6 quarts of water for 20 minutes.

  3. Drain the water and let your potatoes cool for a minimum of 30 minutes.

  4. Once cool, poke a wooden skewer through each potato.

  5. Use a sharp kitchen knife to cut a spiral into each of your potatoes (see pictures 2 and 3).

  6. Prepare a spice mix by combining 1 tablespoon pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, and 1 tablespoon garlic powder. Cover your potatoes in the spice mix.

  7. Melt 2 tablespoons of Ghee or butter and evenly distribute the melted butter over the potatoes.

  8. Wrap your potato skewers in Aluminum foil

  9. Carefully place your wrapped potatoes in the coals of an open fire.

  10. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Baking time may vary based on the intensity and size of your fire. So be sure to check on your potatoes frequently.

  11. Carefully remove your potatoes from the coals and let them cool for 5 minutes before removing the aluminum foil.

  12. Serve with organic sour cream, organic bacon bits, organic cheese, chives, or freshly churned butter.

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