Thursday, December 8, 2011

Patatas Bravas (Spicy Potatoes)

I love Spanish tapas, and one of my favourite tapas dishes is Patatas Bravas (wild potatoes), or spicy potatoes. It is apparently one of the most popular tapas dishes in Spain. The last time we had tapas was about two years ago, at El Bulli (the Sydney one, not the real one in Spain) where we ordered these tasty little potatoes. You can easily make some at home.

There are many ways you can prepare this dish. Here, I've brushed the potatoes with olive oil and baked them in the oven until they turn crispy and golden outside. These are tossed in a spicy, tangy and tomatoey sauce with a little mayonnaise added to cut through some of that acidity. This version of patatas bravas is not too saucy and not too dry (the ones pictured here did not have mayonnaise in it as I forgot to put it in until later!). Cut the potatoes anyway you like, cubed or sliced. I did a bit of both, for fun! The potatoes will shrink after baking, so make sure you don't slice them to thin or too small. Please find the recipe after the jump.

Patatas Bravas


1 kg (2 lbs) baby potatoes, washed and unpeeled
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper

4 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp tomato puree (not tomato paste!)
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tsp smoked paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper or chilli powder
Splash of tabasco sauce (optional)
1 1/2 tbsp mayonnaise


Preheat oven to 230C (446F). Slice the potatoes thickly, about 1/2 inch. Alternatively, cut them into 1 inch cubes. Arrange on a baking tray in a single layer, and brush some olive oil over them. Sprinkle with salt. Bake in oven for 25 minutes until golden and crisp, then turn the potatoes over and bake for another 15 minutes or until browned and crisp.

In the meantime, heat up 4 tbsp olive oil in a large pan and fry the garlic. Then mix in the tomato puree, vinegar, paprika and cayenne/chilli powder. Add salt, black pepper and tabasco to taste. Add the potatoes and toss to coat. Stir in the mayonnaise. Dish out and serve hot.


Mel said...

Potatoes is one of my favourite! Thanks for this recipe. Oh, just want to say, you are a great cook! Loves all your dishes and your beautiful pictures!

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

Thanks Mel! I've got another lot of potatoes and haven't decided what to do with them :p

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MyFudo™ said...

Yummy dish! This looks good for game nights with beer or soda. Looks really cool and I can't believe it is so easy to prepare. Thanks for the great post!

Gintare @Gourmantine said...

I love patatas bravas! Your's look even better than the ones I've tried in Spain! :)

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

My love for potatoes still exist even when it is spicy version! You take great pictures that even potatoes look "gorgeous". Love your varieties in your recipes Fern. From western food to Asian food. I really admire of you!

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

@Nami: I'm sure you can still eat this if you omit the chilli (although it won't be spicy potatoes anymore...:p). It's nice to be able to try different cuisines even though I can't visit all these different countries :)

The Dinner Belle for said...

I love patatas bravas! When we eat tapas we have to order two of the patatas bravas so that I can eat one order just myself. I love some sour cream to dip them into-a trick I learned in Sydney (sour cream and sweet chili sauce on baked potato wedges=amazing!).

The Dinner Belle for

Sandra said...

Husband made this last night and it was lovely. We'll be making this again.

Gracegclef said...

I just made these and they came out great! Was skeptical of the mayonnaise part, but it totally cut the acidity of the sauce. Will be perfect for my tapas party this weekend! Thanks!

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