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Crispy Potato Nests with Cherry Ketchup

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1/2 cup ketchup

3 tablespoons cherry preserves 

3 cups vegetable oil, or enough to fill your pot with 3 inches 

2 teaspoons kosher salt 

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

3 russet potatoes, scrubbed clean 


Special equipment:
a deep-fry thermometer and a spiralizer
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the ketchup and cherry preserves. Puree until smooth. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium Dutch oven or deep saucepan over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer. In a small bowl, mix together the salt and cinnamon. Using the medium-thick blade on a spiralizer, cut the potatoes into spirals.
  3. In small batches (about 3/4 cup each), fry the potatoes, turning them as needed with a spider so they brown evenly, until they are lightly golden and crispy, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the potato nests to a paper towel-lined tray and sprinkle with some of the salt mixture. Serve the cherry ketchup alongside the potato nests for dipping.

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