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Patatas bravas also called patatas a la brava or papas bravas, is a dish native to Spain, often served as a tapa in bars. It typically consists of white potatoes that have been cut into about 2 centimeter irregular shapes and then fried in oil and served warm with a sauce such as a spicy tomato sauce or a mayonnaise. This dish is commonly served in restaurants and bars throughout Spain, where it is traditionally accompanied by a shot of orujo or a glass of wine. It is one of the most spicy dishes served in Spain.
Preparation of the accompanying sauce varies by city. In Burgos, the sauce is tomato-based, and also includes vinegar, red pepper, and a variety of spices which give it bite. This sauce also accompanies patatas alioli, a form of fried potato prepared with mayonnaise and garlic.
The dish can frequently be ordered with a number of extra toppings, the most popular of which include chorizo, chistorra, baked chicken, and fried fish. Another popular variation is the tortilla brava: a Spanish omelet topped with the spicy sauce.
The same sauce is sometimes served over mussels. This dish is known as mejillones en salsa brava.
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