Spanish tapas aren´t just known in Spain any more. If you want to be reminded of your sunshine break, you can find Spanish tapas in bars and restaurants all over the world. Tapas are great if you fancy a light snack, but you can also make a more substantial meal by ordering several. So, if you want to try it at home, here are some tasty Spanish tapas recipes …
1. Patatas Bravas
Patatas bravas are on every Spanish tapas menu. It´s a dish of fried potatoes served in a spicy sauce (this can be as mild or spicy as you like). There are infinite variations on the sauce recipes, so try different sauces until you hit upon the perfect one for you.
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 large Russet potatoes, peeled, and cut to 1-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Spanish paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz) Ketchup
- 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz) mayonnaise
- Chopped parsley, to garnish
- 1 cup (8 fl. oz) olive oil , for frying
The brava sauce
In a saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sautÃ© until the onion is soft. Turn off the heat, and add the paprika, Tabasco sauce, and thyme, stirring well. Transfer to a bowl and add the ketchup and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Sprinkle the potatoes lightly with salt and black pepper. In a large skillet fry the potatoes in 1 cup (8 fl. oz) olive oil until cooked through and golden-brown, stirring occasionally. (Take care when adding the potatoes to the saucepan because the oil will splatter due to the salt). Drain the potatoes on paper towels, check the seasoning, add more salt if necessary, and set it aside.
Getting it all together
Mix the potatoes with the sauce inmediately before serving to ensure that the potatos retain their crispness. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve warm.