Patatas Bravas

I thought this recipe had already been added to this blog about 3 years ago! It’s one of my favourite Spanish dishes ever! I can’t believe I haven’t added it before. How remiss of me! It’s a fabulous tapas dish that I always order in a Spanish restaurant. Patas Bravas literally translates as ‘brave potatoes’ – this hints at the spicy tomato sauce which suggests a certain level of courage. the tomato sauce isn’t THAT spicy, but it does have a certain heat that may cause the more cowardly amongst us to run and hide.

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
400ml tomato base sauce (or tomato passata)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon chilli powder
salt & pepper

For the potatoes:
500g potatoes (2cm cubes)
500ml sunflower oil

To make the sauce, heat the oil until hot. Add the cumin and chilli and fry for 10 seconds. Add the passata and bring to a simmer. Add the salt & pepper and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover.

In a medium non-stick frying pan, pour in the oil and heat until hot. Tip in the potatoes and fry for 8-10 minutes until cooked through and crunchy. Drain on paper towels.

Arrange the potatoes in a single layer then pour over the sauce. Serve immediately!!

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