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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Easy Patatas Bravas

I’m pretty convinced that I haven’t met a potato I didn’t like. Baked, mashed, fried…all are welcome on my plate.

This recipe features roasted potatoes, another favorite, and they’re just outstanding. They’re called Patatas Bravas or Spicy Potatoes. Patatas Bravas are the darling of any decent Spanish tapas menu, and it’s easy to see why. Crispy, tender potatoes are drizzled with a spicy tomato sauce or a garlicky aioli and nibbled along with a glass of wine or sangria. The ingredients aren’t complicated but they deliver big time on flavor. Best of all, this is really easy to make at home, meaning any night can be tapas night.

Patatas Bravas with Garlic Aioli

3 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes, diced into 1-inch cubes
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Juice of 1/2 small Lemon
Pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Salt and Pepper
Sliced Green Onion or Cilantro for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.

In a large bowl, combine potatoes and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. 

Spread onto prepared baking sheet and bake until crispy and browned on the outside, about 30 minutes. Stir halfway through to encourage browning on all sides of the potatoes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, garlic, smoked paprika, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper (if using). 

Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

When potatoes are done, place on a platter or in a bowl for serving. Drizzle with the aioli and sprinkle with sliced green onions or cilantro for garnish. Eat them alone or if you’d like, grill some fish or grab a rotisserie chicken from the store and make this a fantastic side dish.

In case you are feeling a little extra, and can’t leave well enough alone (like me), take this dish over the top and plop a fried egg on the side. Just like that, you can have Patatas Bravas for breakfast, although there really isn’t a bad time of day to consume potatoes or eggs. Give this one a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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