You probably you have that one obnoxious friend who has traveled the world and can’t shut up about it. Well, I fear I’m becoming that person, sharing all of these travel-inspired recipes lately. But that’s certainly not what I’m trying to do! I just can’t help but share the amazing and awesome food I experienced while away from the U.S.
There’s a lot of great food out there and I simply think you should know! One such dish being PATATAS BRAVAS. Oh, lordy. I would go BACK to Spain just to have patatas bravas. True story.
It all starts with crispy quartered potatoes. Some versions are fried, I was not about to go there (#terrifiedofgrease). Plus, baked taste just as good if not better than fried. And you can have twice as many since they have half the calories – it’s science.
The thing that makes this dish special is the tomato sauce. Although there many versions out there, some even, including a garlic aioli as a second sauce, I wanted to keep things simple. The sauce itself comes together in about 20 minutes including prep time and requires super basic ingredients:
Tomato paste or canned tomatoes
Garlic cloves + powder
It’s very similar to the sauce for the simple baked eggs, only more vinegary, spicier, and less chunky. Perfect for pouring atop crispy baked potatoes. #YUM
If you want to keep this dish vegan, stop here. But if you’re up for another layer of flavor, bring on the Parmesan! I highly recommend it, as it’s a simple alternative to making aioli, which requires 5 more ingredients.
Last but not least, HERBS! I went with cilantro, but parsley is perhaps more traditional. Besides adding more color, it adds freshness and an earthy flavor that I love.
And there you have it. SIMPLE Patatas Bravas with a kick. This dish is:
One word – POTATOES
Perfect for a crowd (tapas anyone?)
& Super satisfying
Make this a complete meal by adding a runny egg on top (seriously amazing). Otherwise, serve as a traditional Spanish appetizer or “tapas.” We ate these EVERYWHERE when we were in Spain. So good! They’re probably my favorite appetizer of ALL TIME. Sorry chips & salsa, you were good for a little while but…you’ve been replaced.
Simple Patatas Bravas
- 1 1/2-2 pounds yukon or red skin potatoes (quartered into bite size pieces)
- 2-3 Tbsp olive oil
- Sea salt
- 1/2 white or yellow onion (diced)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 pinch cayenne or red pepper flake
- 1 tsp garlic powder (plus more for potatoes)
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste*
- 2-3 tsp hot sauce
- 1 1/2 cups water
FOR TOPPING (optional)
- Vegan parmesan Cheese
- Fresh cilantro/parsley
Soak quartered potatoes in very hot water for 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 C).
Once potatoes are soaked, dry thoroughly and then add to a baking sheet with olive oil and a generous sprinkling of sea salt and garlic powder. Toss to coat.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through, stirring once. Test by spearing a potato with a toothpick – it should be relatively easy to push through.
While the potatoes are baking, prepare your spicy tomato sauce. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and 1/2 tsp salt and stir. Cook for 7-8 minutes to slowly “sweat” until the mixture becomes translucent and very fragrant. If it begins brown, turn down the heat to low and stir frequently.
Add paprika, garlic powder, cayenne and stir. Then add tomato paste, hot sauce and water and stir. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until simmering and the flavors are well blended. Reduce heat if it begins to bubble too vigorously. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added more hot sauce, sea salt and garlic powder.
Remove potatoes from oven and sprinkle with a bit more salt to taste. Place in 3-4 small serving dishes and drizzle with tomato sauce (as original recipe is written // adjust number of serving dishes if altering batch size). Optional additional toppings include vegan parmesan cheese, more hot sauce, and fresh herbs.
* You can sub 1 14-oz can crushed tomatoes and omit the water in place of 1 6-oz can tomato paste.
* Lightly adapted from Men’s Health
* Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)
- Calories: 256
- Fat: 11g
- Saturated fat: 1.6g
- Sodium: 584mg
- Carbohydrates: 37g
- Fiber: 5g
- Sugar: 7.7g
- Protein: 5.5g