As you may have already heard, I'm looking for recipes and guest posts for some upcoming Saturdays. If you have a great comfort food recipe, whether it be a well-known comfort food or just something you and your family like to eat, email me--I'd love to feature you here!
My friend Amy recently posted in her Facebook status that her husband, one of my best friends from college, didn't know what a potato log was. After about 20 comments from Amy's friends, we figured it must be a Mississippi thing. Anyone NOT from Mississippi (or the south, for that matter) heard of these? They are kind of like the potato wedges you can get at KFC now, a baked potato that's been breaded and fried until crispy and perfect. They are delicious with fried chicken and are usually found in a deli. My mom likes to tell about when I was a little girl and we'd go shopping at Kroger. At the end of our shopping trip, we'd stop at the deli and pick up chicken legs and potato logs for lunch. When I was travelling home from college, I'd stop at a little gas station and get a few potato logs for the road. Now that we have a deep fryer (Lord help my cholesterol), I imagine we'll be introducing Dean to potato logs in the very near future.
- 4 baked potatoes (the longer the potato, the better)
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
- Garlic powder and black pepper to taste
Cut previously baked potatoes (with skin) into 4 pieces, lengthwise. (Make wedges.) Mix together bread crumbs, paprika, pepper and garlic powder. Coat potato wedges in bread crumb mixture.
Deep fry until golden brown, either in a deep fryer or a skillet with oil.
EDITED TO ADD: I made these Saturday night and here's the deal. Deep fry them at 375 degrees for 8 minutes to achieve PERFECTION. Next time, though, I"m going to bread them with flour instead of bread crumbs because I wasn't nuts about the texture. They were dang tasty, though.