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How to make Patatas Bravas

Patatas bravas is actually really easy, and I have the perfect recipe that I just know you'll want to make again and again.

patatas bravas and tapas on an olive wood board
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How to Make Patatas Bravas

Of course, you can buy patatas bravas in supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury's, but it is never going to be as delicious, and as satisfying, as making it yourself.

I will admit I am totally in LOVE with smoked paprika. The sweet and smoky flavour it adds to so many dishes you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Patatas Bravas Recipe

Good ingredients for better results.

Many top chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Gordon Ramsay use this brand and from the day I first tried it many years ago, this is the brand (La Chinata) I've used ever since.

Available in Sainsbury's, Waitrose or Ocado although I've never seen it in Tesco or Asda. At the time of writing, they are £2.00 a tin.

I have seen people trying to sell it on Amazon at ridiculously high prices so please be aware of that one; cheeky bad, naughty people!

La Chinata sweet paprika

I know I go on about good quality tinned tomatoes but they are the base of the sauce so it really is worth buying good ones.

My personal choice is Cirio and I only tend to buy them when they are on offer at half price in Tesco or Waitrose as they are a bit on the expensive side but so worth it. Otherwise, the Napolina brand is good.

Cirio tinned tomatoes

Chargrilled peppers in a jar are beautifully soft and sweet. Be sure to buy peppers in OIL and NOT vinegar or brine. ALDI sells them for the bargain price of 99p and they are always in my store cupboard.

What are Patatas Bravas?

Patatas bravas (spicy potatoes) are originally from Madrid and are fried in a lot of olive oil.

But you can make a healthier version of patatas bravas. My recipe doesn't use a lot of oil and if you prefer you could toss them in a little oil and bake them in the oven; both ways are a healthier option using far less oil.

Usually served as a tapas (a starter course of 4 or 5 mini dishes) that you share.

The sauce at this stage, before blending is actually perfect for Baked Cod in Tomato Sauce.

Salsa Brava (literally translates to brave sauce) is packed full of flavour and of course, the amount of spiciness you add when making it is entirely up to you.

Patatas Bravas Sauce

Sauce for patatas bravas before blending

Once you've cooked the sauce tip it into a blender or you can use a stick blender.

Sauce for patatas bravas in a blender

Blend for a few seconds for a thick salsa Brava.

Sauce for patatas bravas once blended

Once that's done you can cook the potatoes

Potatoes, soft and fluffy inside and perfectly crispy on the outside using very little oil.

A good heavy-based frying pan is just the thing for this. I used my Samuel Groves Carbon Chef's Skillet and, as you can see I hardly needed any oil to achieve crispy potatoes; it's such a great pan.

You can cook these in the oven if you prefer, check out the details in the recipe card below.

crispy potato cubes

Transport yourself to a Tapas bar in Seville Spain

Serve the Patatas Bravas in tapas dishes, put the potatoes in the dish or dishes and spoon over the deliciously fiery sauce.

You might like to serve with another favourite tapas recipe, Gambas Pil Pil or Pil Pil Prawns.

Patatas Bravas tapas dish

Patatas Bravas

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