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Patatas Bravas - Potatoes for the Brave, Spanish Style!
from: Tart

There are many recipes for this famous Spanish tapas dish - this recipe was given to me by a Spanish friend from Madrid, and is the only recipe I use now..........I like the fact that the potatoes are baked in the oven, making it easier to prepare & socialise with a glass of Sangria or two! - however you choose to serve it, this is a "must" for your Tapas table!

SERVES 10 -12

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 227 g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika (pimenton)
  • 1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika (pimenton)
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • chopped fresh parsley, to garnish

FOR THE POTATOES

  • 900 g potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

(Serves 10-12 with other dishes).

Prepare ahead by heating the oil in a pan, add the onion and fry for about 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic, tomatoes, tomato purée, two types of paprika, chilli powder, sugar and salt and bring to the boil, stirring. Simmer for 10 minutes until pulpy. Set aside for up to 24 hours.

To serve, preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan oven 180°C Cut the potatoes into small cubes and pat dry with kitchen paper.

Spread over a roasting tin and toss in the oil, then season. Roast for 40-50 minutes, until the potatoes are crisp and golden.

Tip the potatoes into dishes and spoon over the reheated sauce.

Sprinkle with the parsley. Serve with cocktail sticks.