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Portuguese Fried Potatoes / Batas a Portuguesa
from: kiwi

After looking though 108 Fried potato recipes and seeing none that contain parsley, but no onions, I thought I would post this typically Portuguese version of fried potatoes. The mixture of oil and margarine keeps things from burning. I allow between 30 minutes and 1 hour cooking time to get a more even colour that slower cooking gives and depending on the variety of potato used.


  • 1/4 cup vegan margarine
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 750 g potatoes (peeled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground if you have it)
  • 4 tablespoons parsley (finely chopped)
  • parsley (extra for garnish)

Slice the peeled potatoes into thin rounds, about 5- 10 mm (approx 1/4 inch) thick.

Heat the butter and oil in a pan and cook the potatoes slowly on a low heat until cooked though and golden brown. ( this can take 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the type of potato used).

Cooking on a low heat ensures an even golden brown colour and less little burnt bits.

Once cooked though, add the salt, pepper and parsley and mix well though the potatoes.

Transfer to a heated serving dish and serve immediately with additional parsley for garnish if desired.