Last week was quite Spanish themed for us – after attending the relaunch of Pintxo, this article in the Guardian appeared the very next day, proclaiming it had discovered how to make perfect patatas bravas. Unlike the author, we’ve always loved patatas bravas and it’s a staple when we go for tapas – and also a good indicator of the food in general.
So we though we’d have a go at making it at home. I’d always shunned the idea of home-made tapas – too much effort, for too little reward. But this is what we came up with (we varied the recipe from the Guardian article)
The Glasgow Food Blog’s perfect patatas bravas (inspired by the Guardian article)
We served the patatas bravas as a side to a marinated chicken breast. The potatoes were beautifully crispy without being oily, I think leaving the skin on the chat potatoes made them tastier. And who wants to peel a chat potato anyway? The tomato sauce was rich and decadent, and the cheats allioli added a real tang to the dish. We did try making the allioli but I didn’t realise just how much olive oil was needed – we tried substituting chilli oil which gave the allioli a disgusting, burnt flavour, like eating poison. Not pleasant at all! I was glad we had some yoghurt in the fridge to substitute, and I probably preferred it to a traditional thick allioli.
Please leave a comment if you decide to give it a try!