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Patatas Bravas – Spanish Vegetarian Tapas
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Patatas Bravas – Spanish Vegetarian Tapas

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Servings: 2


  • Potato Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Tomato Sauce Ingredients:
  • 3 large plum tomatoes about 10 oz.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • 1 finely chopped red jalapeno
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Garlic Aoili Ingredients:
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • Garnish Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • fresh lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Peel potatoes and cut into large pieces.
  • Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Place on a single layer on a baking tray.
  • Roast for 20-25 minutes, until fork tender.
  • Meanwhile, let's make the sauce and aioli
  • To make the sauce, puree the tomatoes in a food processor.
  • In a skillet, heat oil.
  • Add garlic and jalapeno.
  • Once softened, add pureed tomatoes, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes on medium heat, until the sauce thickens.
  • To make the aioli, make sure the garlic is chopped very fine.
  • Sprinkle a little salt on top and with the back of a knife press down to form a garlic paste. (this can also be done using a mortar and pestle)
  • In a bowl, combine garlic, lemon juice and egg yolk.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat well until the egg yolk becomes light in color.
  • VERY SLOWLY, add olive oil a little at a time, beating well after each addition until well incorporated.
  • Keep on beating and it will thicken into a mayonnaise consistency.
  • Add salt and mix to combine.
  • To serve, place potatoes in a bowl.
  • Top with tomato sauce and then aioli.
  • Garnish with parsley and another good squeeze of a lemon.


Make sure egg yolk is cold.
It is important to add smoked paprika at beginning. If you add after the sauce is cooked, the flavor will be too strong.
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