Patatas Bravas (Spanish Potatoes with Tomato Sauce)

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If you haven’t heard of patatas bravas (Spanish potatoes with tomato sauce), then you are in for a treat! These crispy, oven-baked potatoes topped with a sweet tomato sauce are a staple at Spanish tapas bars and I’ve been on a patatas bravas kick ever since I tried them in Spain last summer!

These crispy, oven-baked potatoes topped with a sweet tomato sauce (aka patatas bravas), are a staple at Spanish tapas bars and easy to make at home! | aheadofthyme.com

There are a few different ways to prepare these and they often differ from region to region. Some versions are served with a mayonnaise sauce or aoili, others are served tossed in the tomato sauce, and some have tomato sauce just spooned on top. The options are endless, but a few key ingredients always stay the same: potatoes, tomatoes and spices.  Paprika is one of those key spices, especially smoked paprika, since the smokey flavour is what this sauce is all about!

If you order these off the menu, the potatoes will often be boiled and then deep-fried. However, ours are a healthier baked version, and you still get that amazing crispy, browned potato on the outside and fluffy on the inside!

These crispy, oven-baked potatoes topped with a sweet tomato sauce (aka patatas bravas), are a staple at Spanish tapas bars and easy to make at home! | aheadofthyme.com

These crispy, oven-baked potatoes topped with a sweet tomato sauce (aka patatas bravas), are a staple at Spanish tapas bars and easy to make at home! | aheadofthyme.com

One of the best parts of this recipe is how easy it is to make. You really just grab a few potatoes, tomatoes, fresh basil, and you are most of the way there!

Serve patatas bravas as a side dish, or as a light lunch, tapas-style, with a few cocktail sticks for poking! These would also be an amazing addition to brunch. Enjoy!

These crispy, oven-baked potatoes topped with a sweet tomato sauce (aka patatas bravas), are a staple at Spanish tapas bars and easy to make at home! | aheadofthyme.com

 

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These crispy, oven-baked potatoes topped with a sweet tomato sauce (aka patatas bravas), are a staple at Spanish tapas bars and easy to make at home! | aheadofthyme.com

Patatas Bravas (Spanish Potatoes with Tomato Sauce)


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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

These crispy, oven-baked potatoes topped with a sweet tomato sauce (aka patatas bravas), are a staple at Spanish tapas bars and easy to make at home!


Ingredients

Potatoes:

  • 8 small potatoes, peeled and cut in wedges
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked (optional, for garnish)

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 large red onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, finely sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, diced
  • large handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
  2. Place the potatoes into a baking tin. Drizzle with olive oil and season with paprika, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Remove from the oven.
  3. In the meantime prepare your brava sauce. Heat a large saucepan with olive oil over medium high heat. Saute the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes, until soft and translucent. Turn the heat down to low and add tomatoes and carrots. Cook covered for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove sauce from the heat and transfer to a food processor or blender. Add a large handful basil leaves. Puree for a minute until your sauce is smooth and creamy. Season to taste with chilli powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  5. Serve the potatoes hot, with the sauce on the side or drizzled on top. Sprinkle with some parsley (optional) and serve.

These crispy, oven-baked potatoes topped with a sweet tomato sauce (aka patatas bravas), are a staple at Spanish tapas bars and easy to make at home! | aheadofthyme.com

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