Patatas Bravas

PATATAS BRAVAS, or simply “BRAVAS” are one of the most popular and wine friendly dishes in Spain´s gastronomy. Very simple, fl exible, tasty, but at the same time a challenge within the country to reinvent this very old and traditional recipe. From classic cube sliced potatoes, to the most “gourmet” presented dishes, the “bravas” (“brave, fearless” in old Castilian) are one of the pillars of the “tapas” menu.
  • 2 big potatoes
  • Parsley
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 “guindilla” peppers (Tamer options are paprika, chili powder, cayenne...)
  • 9 oz of peeled and de-seeded tomatoes
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • White pepper
  • High-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Lemon juice or vinegar
  • Salt

Cut potatoes in big, thick slices, and afterwards, use apple corer to cut cylinders. Make a small cavity in each cylinder with a small melon baller and transfer them to a pan with a large drizzle of olive oil. Remove excess olive oil and pan fry potatoes to a golden brown. Place finished potatoes on a towel to absorb excess oil.


In a pan with a touch of olive oil, sauté thinly sliced garlic with the “guindilla” peppers or substituition of your choice. When the garlic turns golden, add de-seeded and peeled tomatoes (cut in quarters). Adjust if needed with salt, pepper and sugar. Cook for a few minutes. Tip: Remove and puree in food processor so it never loses its color. Briefly cool in refrigerator.


Combine egg yolk, peeled garlic and coarse salt. Grind with a pestle, patiently, until the garlic is perfectly mashed. Place mixture in a bowl, and while still mashing slowly add olive oil in steady stream until a creamy sauce begins to form. All ingredients will emulsify nicely, creating a thick puree. To finish, add a small (teaspoon size) amount of vinegar/lemon juice, and continue mashing until you get the desired texture. Put in refrigerator to cool.


Stuff the holes we made in the beginning with BRAVA SAUCE, finishing with ALIOLI SAUCE on the top. Garnish with chopped parsley.


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Published on August 1, 2017

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