Why I love this patatas bravas recipe
What I wouldn’t give to go back four years to Barcelona where I was witnessing beautiful architecture and mosaic parks, and eating tapas. So many tapas. I vividly remember the food that we ate in Barcelona – and Madrid.
Patatas bravas tend to vary from region to region in Spain, but there’s one thing that they have in common. They’re topped with a spicy tomato sauce. I remember them being so spicy that I couldn’t eat mine. Of course, this recipe doesn’t have quite as much heat, but they still pack a punch.
The garlic aioli is the saving grace for those of you who don’t handle your heat well. In fact, this dish is great for groups because each person can choose how much spice they’d like, and just how much creamy aioli they want.
I really wanted to keep the spice without losing the tomato flavor, so I added just a few tablespoons of tomato paste to create a more concentrated flavor.
Here’s what you’ll need to make patatas bravas
How to make patatas bravas
Prep your potatoes. Slice your potatoes and let them soak in cold water while you’re waiting for the oven to preheat. If you are in a rush, you can skip the soak, but it helps to get the potatoes nice and crispy.
Roast the potatoes. Drain and pat the potatoes dry before tossing them with olive oil and salt & pepper. Transfer to a sheet pan (or do the seasoning directly on the sheet pan).
Pop them into the oven for 45 – 50 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy.
Make the aioli. While the potatoes cook, combine your aioli ingredients in a large wide mouth mason jar or glass. Use an immersion blender to slowly emulsify the ingredients together until thick and smooth.
Make sure your eggs are room temperature before you start or you will be more likely to break the mayo.
Make the bravas sauce. Heat a saucepan to medium-high and sauté your diced onion and minced garlic until tender. Then, add the remaining ingredients let them simmer for about 5 minutes to blend the flavors.
Again, your immersion blender to puree the sauce until smooth. Transfer to a container until you’re ready to sauce your potatoes.
Assemble your patatas bravas. Remove the potatoes from the oven and transfer to a serving dish (or several plates if you’re doing tapas). Top with bravas sauce and aioli, and garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
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Roasted in the oven until they’re golden and crispy, these patatas bravas are served with a spicy tomato sauce and rich garlic aioli worthy of a Spanish tapas bar. Feel free to customize the spice level to your taste, but generally these spicy potatoes pack a punch.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hours 50 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Roasting
- Cuisine: Spanish
- Diet: Vegetarian
For the bravas sauce:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (1 teaspoon)
- 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
For the garlic aioli:
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 garlic cloves (or 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic)
- 1 cup neutral-flavored oil
For the potatoes:
- 3 pounds russet potatoes, washed and sliced into wedges (about 6 large potatoes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Coarse salt & black pepper
For the potatoes:
- Preheat oven to 500˚F. Place potatoes pieces and olive oil in a large bowl. Season liberally with salt & pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
- Bake for about 45 minutes, or until potatoes are fully cooked and crispy.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 – 10 minutes before serving with bravas sauce and aioli.
To make the bravas sauce:
- Heat a large saucepan or skillet to medium-high. Add olive oil, onion and garlic and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined.
- Using an immersion blender, puree until smooth (or transfer to a food processor or blender).
- Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.
To make the aioli:
- Place ingredients in a wide-mouth mason jar or large glass.
- Using an immersion blender, slowly blend the ingredients together, working from bottom to top, until thick and emulsified.
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Last Updated on March 19, 2022 by Melissa Belanger
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