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Patatas Bravas (crispy potatoes with salsa brava *spicy*)

Patatas Bravas

The first time I tried Patatas Bravas was at a Spanish tapas restaurant called Picasso’s. The sauce is spicy but not too spicy that would render the dish not enjoyable after a few bites. I’m not into very spicy foods but I find I can continue enjoying the salsa brava with the crispy potatoes and not feel overwhelmed by the spiciness. It’s a really delicious sauce and fun to make.

The Crispy Potatoes

  • 6 medium gold potatoes skin on, cut into pieces
  • healthy frying oil such as grapeseed oil
  • sea salt and cracked peppercorns
  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil and cook potatoes until soft. Note: since potatoes are cut into pieces they will boil soft very quickly. Check your potatoes that they don’t over cook.
  2. Drain your potatoes.
  3. In a large skillet add enough oil to fry all your potatoes. Fry on HIGH until browned and crispy.
  4. Put potatoes in a serving dish and remove excess oil with a paper towel.
  5. Season with salt and pepper (or just salt)

The Salsa Brava

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 12 ounce can peeled tomatoes with chili peppers already in the can
  • 1 teaspoon fine granulated sugar (white sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. In a large skillet heat oil at LOW. Add the onion, garlic and cayenne. Fry until soft. Do not burn the garlic.
  2. Add the flour and stir for 1 minute. Add the tomato and increase heat to MEDIUM and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. (If you do not have a high performance blender such as Vitamix cook the tomatoes for 10 minutes.) Add the sugar and cook 5 minutes more.
  3. Turn off heat. Stir in the white balsamic and salt.
  4. Put the sauce in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. I blended on HIGH for 2 minutes until piping hot in my Vitamix.

Recipe adapted from the amazing acorn in the kitchen blog.

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Discussion

8 thoughts on “Patatas Bravas (crispy potatoes with salsa brava *spicy*)

  1. This looks really interesting & easy enough. I’m putting this on my list & I appreciate the heads up on the sauce since I might not have tried it until you mention that it’s not overly spicy. I like flavorful but not kill the tastebuds so this looks very enjoyable.

    Posted by dianeskitchentable | October 13, 2012, 1:59 pm
  2. Nice, I’m thinking to try this soon! If memory serves, I think I’ve also had these sprinled with paprika and garlic.

    Posted by Dave | October 10, 2012, 1:15 pm
  3. what a bright wonderful colours in this dish. It looks incredibly appetizing.

    Posted by My Little Italian Kitchen | October 9, 2012, 1:32 pm
  4. I love Bravas, but I haven’t been able to get a good version in the US. Will have to try…

    Posted by lolabees | October 9, 2012, 8:24 am

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