how to cut potatoes into wedges

In this article, we will answer the question “how to cut potatoes into wedges”. We will also discuss different ways potatoes can be cut and talk about the nutritional content and some popular dishes that can be made out of potatoes 

How to cut potatoes into wedges

To cut potatoes into wedges, place the potato on the chopping board then using a large chef’s knife cut it into half and cut each slice further into half, now cut through the center to make a wedge. Around 8-10 wedges per potato can be made.

To most people making potato wedges seems challenging because they don’t know the exact technique of cutting potatoes into wedges and then ensuring they are crispy after getting cooked. 

Knife skills make a world of a difference to the dishes you cook. How successful and tasty your potato wedges are also rely on how good your knife skills are. 

Potato wedges are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They have an appealing light golden color. 

Homemade wedges are better than store-bought wedges because they are fresh and can be cooked according to our preference. Also, it is always better to avoid frozen food. 

When you cook homemade potato wedges you also have an option of keeping that fiber and iron-rich skin and cook it along. 

They can be baked, deep-fried, or air-fried in the comfort of your kitchen.  

People add different spices and flavors like garlic, paprika, onion powder, salt, and pepper to enhance the taste.

Steps to make potato wedges

  • First, wash all potatoes to get rid of any dirt and other contaminants  from the surface 
  • You can also use a vegetable brush, paper towel, or clean dishcloth to gently scrub away dirt.
  • To cut potatoes into wedges, place the potato on the chopping board then using a large chef’s knife cut it in half and cut each slice further in half.
  • Now cut through the center to make a wedge. Around 8-10 wedges per potato can be made.

After this, you can follow any of the following procedures to cook the potato wedges. 

Baking 

To cook the potato wedges start by preheating your oven to 220°C. Followed by arranging your potato wedges in a single layer on a baking tray that was lightly greased. Start baking for approx 12-15 minutes till the potato wedges turn light golden. 

This procedure does not consume much oil and is a healthier option.

Deep fry

The most commonly used method to cook potato wedges is deep frying them in hot oil. All you need to do for this is heat some oil in the pan at high flame and once the oil is heated turn the flame to medium and add the french fries. Fry them until they are light golden brown. 

By this method, you get crispy french fries.

Air frying 

Healthier than traditional fried wedges or roasted potatoes, they are lower in calories and fat, and perfect as a snack or as part of a fuller meal. 

Crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, wedges have never tasted so good! You will love this air fryer recipe for delicious potato wedges.

Preheat the air fryer for 10 minutes and grease the tray with a few drops of oil and spread it evenly on the surface. 

Now line up the potato wedges on the surface of the tray and insert them in the air fryer and let it cook for 15 minutes at 400 degrees and your potato wedges are ready to be consumed. 

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Nutrient content 

As they are made of potatoes, french fries primarily contain carbohydrates other than that there is protein from the potato and the fat that is absorbed during the deep-frying process. Salt, which is almost always applied as a surface seasoning, contains sodium. 

Different names of potato wedges around the world

Potato wedges have different names around the world. For example, In some regions of the United States, particularly Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Minnesota, New York, a popular variation of potato wedges is known as jojos.

Jojos are potato wedges fried in the same vat as chicken and usually eaten plain alongside fried chicken, coleslaw, and baked beans.

Potato wedges are called Mojos particularly in Western Canada 

In Germany, they are known as Kartoffelspalten (‘potato clefts’), wilde Kartoffeln (‘wild potatoes’), Westernkartoffeln (‘Western potatoes’) or Kartoffelecken (‘potato wedges’).

In the Czech Republic, they are called Americké brambory (‘American potatoes’).

In Finland, they are called lohkoperunat

Conclusion 

In this article, we discussed how to cut potato wedges. We also discussed different ways to cook potato wedges like baking, deep-frying, and air frying. 

References 

  1. https://www.acouplecooks.com/how-to-cut-potato-wedges/#:~:text=Instructions-,Place%20the%20potato%20on%20its%20side%20and%20using%20a%20large,quarter%20to%20create%20a%20wedge.
  2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potato_wedges
  3. https://cookieandkate.com/crispy-baked-potato-wedges-recipe/

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