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Crispy Patatas Bravas [Spanish Fried Potatoes]

There are times when you come home with a completely empty stomach, but you think you don’t have the time to make a delicious and hearty meal.

Fortunately, the patatas bravas come here to break with this conception. It’s probably one of the easiest recipes to make, and it’s a fantastic way to make a twist on classic fries.

Keep reading this article, because we will show you how to make patatas bravas, some tips for storing and serving these potatoes, and all the changes you can make to the ingredients to customize this recipe.

Crispy Patatas Bravas [Spanish Fried Potatoes]
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Background of the Dish

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Patatas bravas is probably one of the oldest recipes in Spain, although it was one of the slowest to reach the general public. 

Just in the year 1950, they began to be sold in different bars in Madrid and Andalusia. 

The difference between the Spanish fried potatoes from Madrid and the patatas bravas from Andalusia is that the ones from the south of Spain have tomatoes in their sauce, while the others do not. 

This dish quickly became popular, as there is honestly nothing better than easy fried potatoes, which can be eaten at any time of the day and anywhere.

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Things You’ll Need for Patatas Bravas

To make this wonderful patatas bravas recipe, you only need a few ingredients and almost zero equipment. 

The main ingredients are the patatas, but you can make replacements in the others. And the equipment is just a large saucepan for frying. 

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Ingredients

  1. To start making these Spanish potatoes,  grab a saucepan and heat a splash of oil over medium heat. Once it gets hot, add the finely chopped garlic cloves and onion. Season with salt and pepper until the onion has softened a bit. About 10 minutes.
  2. After that time, add the hot paprika and stir for about 5 seconds. Then add the dash of vinegar and stir for another 20 seconds. 
  3. Once this is done, add the fried tomato, mix again and cook for 5 more minutes.
  4. Then add the flour, mix everything and let it cook, always over medium heat, for about three minutes, to toast the flour and remove the raw flavor. With all this already cooked, add the broth. If you don’t have any, you can just use water, although the flavor won’t be the same. 
  5. Up next, mix all the ingredients again and then blend the sauce. It should be rather liquid but not completely runny. 
  6. Peel the potatoes and cut them into large pieces. Fry them in abundant oil for about 10 minutes, until they are golden brown and crispy. Once cooked, remove them and place them on absorbent paper. 
  7. For the final step add a pinch of salt and after a couple of minutes serve them, and pour a few tablespoons of the brava sauce on top. Now your potatoes are ready.

How to Make Patatas Bravas – Step by Step Guide

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  1. To start making these Spanish potatoes,  grab a saucepan and heat a splash of oil over medium heat. Once it gets hot, add the finely chopped garlic cloves and onion. Season with salt and pepper until the onion has softened a bit. About 10 minutes.
  2. After that time, add the hot paprika and stir for about 5 seconds. Then add the dash of vinegar and stir for another 20 seconds. 
  3. Once this is done, add the fried tomato, mix again and cook for 5 more minutes.
  4. Then add the flour, mix everything and let it cook, always over medium heat, for about three minutes, to toast the flour and remove the raw flavor. With all this already cooked, add the broth. If you don’t have any, you can just use water, although the flavor won’t be the same. 
  5. Up next, mix all the ingredients again and then blend the sauce. It should be rather liquid but not completely runny. 
  6. Peel the potatoes and cut them into large pieces. Fry them in abundant oil for about 10 minutes, until they are golden brown and crispy. Once cooked, remove them and place them on absorbent paper. 
  7. For the final step add a pinch of salt and after a couple of minutes serve them, and pour a few tablespoons of the brava sauce on top. Now your potatoes are ready.

Substitution of Ingredients

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Since this is a really old recipe, there isn’t just one way of making patatas bravas. 

This means that you can check other patatas bravas recipes, to see the different changes that you can make in the ingredients. 

Some of the replacements that you can make are to use water instead of broth for the sauce, though you should add more salt or even a broth bouillon. 

You can use other spices such as cayenne pepper, turmeric, onion powder, garlic powder, etc. Or even the classic rosemary, parsley, and garlic combination. 

If you liked this recipe, then you should try other Andalusian recipes, such as Bacalao Croquettes, Patatas a lo Pobre, and tortilla de patatas

They are the perfect appetizers or side dishes, and they are super simple to make.

Tips on Serving Patatas Bravas

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The patatas bravas are truly the best fried potatoes because you can enjoy them as a side dish or as the main one. 

You can also eat them for lunch, dinner, or even as an afternoon snack. 

This fried potatoes recipe is meant to be served with the classic patatas bravas sauce, but you can use other sauces if you want. 

For example, these potatoes go really well with aioli, tomato sauce, honey mustard, etc. 

How to Store Patatas Bravas

How to Store Patatas Bravas

Storing these Spanish fries is super easy, but there are some tricks that you need to pay attention to. 

For example, if you want to store them you should just cook the potatoes, but wait to make the patatas bravas sauce recipe.

The best thing to do is to make the sauce the same day that you are going to eat the fried potatoes, or the flavor won’t be as good. 

Besides that, you can either freeze the potatoes and save them for 30 days or store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Recipe Card: Crispy Patatas Bravas

Yield: 6

Patatas Bravas Recipe

Patatas Bravas Recipe

There are times when you come home with a completely empty stomach, but you think you don't have the time to make a delicious and hearty meal.

Fortunately, the patatas bravas come here to break with this conception.

It's probably one of the easiest recipes to make, and it's a fantastic way to make a twist on classic fries.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 splash white vinegar
  • 50g fried tomato
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup (100ml) chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, heat a splash of oil over medium heat. When hot, add the finely chopped garlic cloves and onion. Season with salt and pepper until the onion has softened a bit. About 10 minutes.
  2. After that time, add the hot paprika and stir for about 5 seconds. Then add the dash of vinegar and stir for another 20 seconds. 
  3. Once this is done, add the fried tomato, mix again and cook for 5 more minutes.
  4.  Add the flour, mix everything and let it cook, always over medium heat, for about three minutes, to toast the flour and remove the raw flavor. With all this already cooked, add the broth. If you don't have any, you can just use water, although the flavor won't be the same. 
  5. Mix all the ingredients again and then blend the sauce. It should be rather liquid but not completely runny. 
  6. Peel the potatoes and cut them into large pieces. Fry them in abundant oil for about 10 minutes, until they are well browned and crispy. Once cooked, remove them and place them on absorbent paper. 
  7. Add a pinch of salt and after a couple of minutes serve them, pouring a few tablespoons of the brava sauce on top, and they are ready.

Notes

When it comes to the seasoning for fried potatoes, the one listed here is the classic, since most of the flavor comes from the salsa brava. 

However, you can change it as much as you like, by adding others such as cayenne pepper, onion powder, parsley, etc. 

This is a pan-fried potatoes recipe, but you can also cook them in the oven if you are looking for a healthier option. 

If you want them to be crispy you can boil them for 20 minutes and then give them a golden color in the oven for about 15 minutes. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 202.3Total Fat 3.75gSaturated Fat 0.54gSodium 246mgCarbohydrates 38.86gFiber 5.14gSugar 2.96gProtein 4.71g

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