Patatas Bravas is a Spanish style French fries often served in tapas bars in Spain. It is one of the most popular tapas in Spain. Considered to be a social dish, patatas bravas are best enjoyed in the company of friends. There is a rule of eating patatas bravas: the one who eats the last potato from the plate, is the one who pays the bill.
Both, Vera and I, love patatas bravas. It is a simple dish. Basically it is nothing but a french fries with garlic mayonnaise and spicy tomato sauce.
Yet in my opinion, it gives a completely new dimension to the fries. Recipes for this tapas also vary, some boil potatoes, other fry them. I fry my patatas bravas.
Patatas Bravas Recipe (for 4 persons):
- 1 kg of potatoes
- sunflower oil
- homemade garlic mayonnaise*
- homemade tomatoes sauce* (spiced with Tabasco or powder chili pepper)
*Quantity of the sauces depends on your taste. I like my patatas bravas well dipped into the sauces. For 1 kg of potatoes I would use 200 ml of each sauce.
Pill the potatoes and cut them in cubes. Cubes should be a notch thicker than for a french fries. Fry your potatoes in a frying pan. The best french fries should be fried in 2 shoots. First you fry them until they get golden. Remove from the oil. Let them cool down for half an hour. Fry again until well done. Salt your fries.
Prepare your garlic mayonnaise and spicy tomato sauce. Spread gently tomato sauce at the bottom of your bowl.
After that, spread your garlic mayonnaise.
Add a layer of fried cubes of potatoes. Cover them with a tomato sauce and garlic mayonnaise. Add another layer of your french fries. Add your sauces. Repeat until all your potatoes are in the bowl covered with sauces. The rest of the mayo and tomato sauce serve aside as a dip.
This type of fries are great to be served with pizza or along with other tapas.