Spanish tapas are tasty small plates that when combined can create a light supper or serve as a great appetizer. Patatas Bravas are tasty fried potato cubes served with a smoky, spicy dipping sauce.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine potatoes, 2 cups olive oil, and 3 teaspoons salt in a large cold skillet. Heat on low and cook until potatoes are softened, 12 to 15 minutes. Increase heat to high and fry until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

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  • Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion with 1 teaspoon salt in the hot oil until onion has softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic, chile, and smoked paprika; simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and return to a simmer. Transfer tomato mixture to a blender, cover, and puree until tomato sauce is smooth.

  • Serve patatas bravas with tomato puree and and mayonnaise for dipping.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of olive oil. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

1564 calories; protein 7.3g 15% DV; carbohydrates 54g 17% DV; fat 150.8g 232% DV; cholesterol 10.4mg 4% DV; sodium 5111mg 204% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2013
This patatas bravas recipe is excellent. Very authentic! I reduce both the amount of salt the potatoes are fried in and the amount of oil a little though. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/30/2016
Tried to prepare the salsa today, and it was nothing like a proper salsa brava. It was far too bitter and far less sour than what I remember from Catalonia. And where is the cherry vinegar? That's a must in salsa brava. Even after adding vinegar, some lemon juice, extra paprika and salt, and also some sugar to contrast the bitterness - there was still no saving this. Now it just tastes like ketchup. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2013
This patatas bravas recipe is excellent. Very authentic! I reduce both the amount of salt the potatoes are fried in and the amount of oil a little though. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2012
These were very good. The potatoes are very fluffy inside. I did cut down on the amount of olive oil used as it would have made this inexpensive recipe a lot more expensive and I didn't feel that it was necessary. Thanks for the recipe Read More
(3)
Rating: 2 stars
07/30/2016
Tried to prepare the salsa today, and it was nothing like a proper salsa brava. It was far too bitter and far less sour than what I remember from Catalonia. And where is the cherry vinegar? That's a must in salsa brava. Even after adding vinegar, some lemon juice, extra paprika and salt, and also some sugar to contrast the bitterness - there was still no saving this. Now it just tastes like ketchup. Read More
(2)
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2012
anything Chef John puts his hands in turns out so good. made them tonight and sauce this stuff is Awesome Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2017
I morphed the sauce starting out with a base of Marcella s basic sauce added ground ancho paprika sautéed onion in olive oil and smoked paprika. Delish Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2016
Amazing we've made this twice now. The first time we did it exactly as written. (And it was exceptional.) The second time we used lard instead of oil and hot smoked paprika. Also amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2017
These are the best patatas bravas I've tasted. Honestly in my travels to Barcelona I never had patatas bravas as good as these. Love these!! Read More
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