Patatas Bravas, also known as patatas a la brava or papas bravas, is a delicious dish native to Spain, often served in tapas bars.
While Graeme and I were in Spain, we had the best Patatas Bravas of our lives – It was from a small restaurant on a corner of Calle Aragó, the same road our hotel was on. We ordered the Patatas Bravas as it was labeled as a potato dish with a spicy sauce – what’s not to like? We were in love. The rest is history. Ever since we’ve been on the look out for a similar experience.
It’s summer time, which means that new potatoes are in season. Little Digger potatoes are what I used for this recipe, and are the kind to use for recipes that need the potatoes to hold their own when it comes to flavour.
I thought I would give Patatas Bravas a try myself. While this isn’t as good as the real thing, it’s still really yum – and spicy!
Patatas Bravas Recipe
What you’ll need
- 750g Potatoes, cut into bite size pieces
- 3T Olive oil
- 1 Tin of crushed and sieved tomatoes or 170g Tomato paste
- 3 Garlic cloves
- 1t Garlic powder (plus a dusting for the potatoes)
- 1/2 t Cayenne Pepper
- 1/2 t Smoked Paprika
- 3-5 tsb Hot sauce
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Rinse and cut potato into bite size pieces and place on an oiled oven tray. Dust with garlic powder and salt to your liking. Add 1-2 tablesppons of olive oil and coat the potatoes evenly.
- Roast for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through, stir the potatos once or twice in that time.
- While the potatoes are roasting in the oven, let’s make the spicy sauce! Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, add garlic cloves to heat through. Add garlic powder, paprika, cayenne and mix together.
- Add tomatoes (or paste) paste, hot sauce and 1 1/2 cups water and stir. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until simmering.
- Taste and add more salt / hot sauce or garlic powder until you’re happy with the flavour.
- Remove potatoes from the oven once cooked and serve immediately with the spicy sauce on top.
We served ours with broccoli and topped it off with some freshly cut spring onion and a few slices of chorizo.
Did you know? Potatoes are naturally gluten and fat free and hold a great dose of vitamin C. They contain more potassium than bananas.
Have you ever tried Patatas Bravas before? If you haven’t I highly recommend giving them a go, either at home or next time you spot them on a restaurant menu.