Patatas Bravas~Tapas at home!

patatas bravas~the comyn space

Confession time: I didn’t eat potatoes until I studied aboard my junior year of college. Eggs either, for that matter. I lived with three other girls in a home stay and our señora feed us as cheaply as possible. We eat a lot of lentil soup, patatas bravas, and this single egg omelet thing, filled with a white cheese that was divine. For the first few weeks, I just picked at it all but after a while I was hungry! And potatoes are better than I remembered! Since then, I’ve loved patatas bravas and would often get them with two of my best friends (hola tias, you know who you are!) at Cafe Iberico. This is basically a long story to say, this dish reminds me of Madrid and I just love it. The spicy tomato sauce and the aioli and the hot sort of crunchy potatoes are just divine.

patatas bravas~the comyn space

For the potatoes…
~2 pounds red or new potatoes
2 tsbp olive oil
coarse salt and black pepper

Soak the potatoes in water for 10 to 15 minutes to draw out some of the starch. Pat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towels. Place on rimmed baking sheet and toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast at 450 for 20 to 25 minutes, tossing once.

For the sauce…
1 tsbp olive oil
1/2 white onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp sriracha
8 oz can tomato sauce
8 oz water

Heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add in onions, garlic, and pinch of salt, let cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until glassy. Add in paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, garlic power, sriracha. Stir well and then add in tomato sauce and water. Let simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, until spices permeate the sauce. Blend with a stick blender until smooth.

For the aioli…
1 egg
1 garlic clove
1 tsbp lemon juice
1 scant tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil

Blend egg, garlic, lemon and Dijon. Slowly add in oil until desired consistency is reached, I like mine on the thick side. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, place potatoes on a plate, top with spicy tomato sauce and a dollop of aioli. I also like fresh cilantro if I have it.

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