Tuesday: What’s for Dinner?

Who feels like Spanish food tonight? I’ve got a great comfort food recipe that I’m sure you will enjoy after your workout;) But first, let me talk a little about Spain. It is the largest country in Southern Europe, with a population that exceeds 46 million people. Spain’s geographical location, popular coastline, and vibrant culture summons tourists from all over the planet, making it the second most visited country in the world.

Spain also makes 44% of all the olive oil in the whole world, and are famous for their Tapas. Tapas are not a particular food, but is more about how the dish is eaten. Tapas are made to be shared like an appetizer with lots of friends, and a generous amount of wine;) Tapas comes from the Spanish word, “Tapar,” which means to cover. It was once said that the original tapas were actually pieces of cheese or ham that were placed over a drink to keep flies out. Interesting! Tapas have come a very long way. Check out the recipe I have for you to try today:

Patatas Bravas

These patatas bravas are crispy even though they are baked not fried! Topped with a delicious smoky salsa brava and garlic aioli, they are totally addictive!5 from 12 votes Print Pin RateCourse: Appetizers, Beverages, Breakfast, Brunch, Gluten Free, Sides, SnacksCuisine: SpanishKeyword: Easy Recipes, Game Day, Papas Bravas, Patatas Bravas, Vegetarian recipesPrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 45 minutesTotal Time: 1 hourServings: 4 ServingsCalories: 492kcalAuthor: Meghan McMorrow | Fox and Briar

Ingredients

For The Potatoes:

  • 2 and 1/2 pounds yukon gold potatoes cut into a 3/4 inch dice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chopped parsley for garnish, optional

For The Salsa Brava:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • garlic cloves minced
  • 1 sweet or yellow onion diced
  • 2 teaspoons spanish smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 to 3 dashes hot sauce to taste
  • salt

For The Garlic Aioli:

  • 1/4 cup good quality mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove grated or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

For The Potatoes:

  • Place a large baking sheet in cold oven and preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.*
  • Add baking soda and salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil. When boiling, add potatoes, cover, and bring back to boil. As soon as water is boiling, set a timer for 1 minute. After potatoes have been boiling for one minute, drain in a colander.
  • Return potatoes to pot and stir for 30 seconds, then add 1/4 cup olive oil, salt and pepper, stir to make sure potatoes are fully coated.
  • Carefully remove hot baking sheet from oven and pour potatoes onto the hot baking sheet, arranging them in a single layer.
  • Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove sheet from oven and use a spatula to flip the potatoes, then return to the oven for another 1525 minutes, or until potatoes are golden and crispy.

For The Salsa Brava:

  • Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add onion and sautĂ© until soft and golden, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add tomatoes, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper and hot sauce, stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat and allow to simmer on low for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  • If you want, you can leave the sauce chunky, or if you would like it smooth as I did, transfer to a food processor to puree. Allow sauce to cool a bit before pulsing in food processor.

For The Garlic Aioli:

  • Add mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic to a bowl and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper if desired.

To Serve:

  • You can keep the sauces on the side or drizzle salsa brava and garlic aioli over potatoes and serve with more of each sauce on the side for dipping. Top with fresh chopped parsley for garnish if desired.

Notes

*cooking times may vary depending on your oven and equipment. If you use a darker baking sheet, the cooking time will be shorter. Use your best judgment and keep an eye on them to avoid burning.

*Recipe taken from foxandbriar.com

This recipe looks like a delicious version of potatoes supreme! I hope someone gets a chance to try this out and post a picture of their dish. It would be interesting to know how it turns out. I hope you all had an amazing day today. Cooking will definitely pass the time and create meals in the kitchen for you to serve during the week ahead. Take care of yourself, and happy Tuesday everyone!

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