Fried Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Patatas Bravas)

Fried Potatoes in Tomato Sauce (Patatas Bravas)


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Patatas bravas are a classic Spanish tapas of fried potatoes served in a spicy tomato sauce. Watch this recipe being made in the Allrecipes Patatas Bravas Video.

Luis Luna

Serves: 4 

  • Tomato Sauce
  • 100ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 1 (200g) piece ham
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 5 tomatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons dry red wine
  • Potatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil, for frying
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • salt, to taste

Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Tomato Sauce: In a large saucepan heat the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic, chilli and the piece of ham. Cook while stirring constantly for 10 minutes. Add the paprika and flour. Stir and cook for a minute ensuring the flour does not burn. Add the tomatoes, salt and sugar. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and cover. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the ham from the tomato mixture and set aside for another use. Add the wine to the tomato mixture. Using an immersion blender, puree the tomato mixture until smooth. Set tomato sauce aside until ready to serve.
  3. Potatoes: Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large saucepan or deep fryer until hot but not smoking, about 180 degrees C. Add the potatoes and deep fry until golden brown. Remove from the oil then drain on a plate lined with paper towel.
  4. Salt the potatoes to taste. Serve immediately with sauce drizzled over top.

Watch a video of it being made…

Classic Spanish Patatas Bravas
Classic Spanish Patatas Bravas

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