Posted by Charles Knight on June 26, 2014
The Original Spiral Slicer was designed by Executive Chef Charles Ranhofer of Leland’s Ocean Hotel Resort in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1894 to create his famous “Pommes de Terre Long Branch” – later known as Curly Fries.
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For Curly Fries - Brush potatoes with a vegetable brush under cold running water, do not peel. Cut each potato into one long Curly Fry or Tornado Fry, then Soak in ice water bath, with 1 teaspoon lemon juice per potato added, for 1 to 2 hours before frying. Remove to colander and allow to drain thoroughly before frying. Fry in Pure Golden Olive Oil preheated to 360°F (182ºC) until crisp (4-6 minutes), drain on paper towels or brown paper bag and season with a combination of ¾ kosher salt and ¼ celery salt. Enjoy!
For Sweet Potato Tornados – follow the direction above - season with a combination of ¾ brown sugar and ¼ season salt. Enjoy!
Ref: Jersey Shore Food History page 29 by Karen L. Schnitzpahn