Patatas bravas

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Patatas bravas
Patatas bravas madrid.jpg
A plate of patatas bravas
Course Appetiser
Place of origin Spain
Main ingredients Potato
Cookbook:Patatas bravas  Patatas bravas

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 irregular shapes of about 2 centimeters, then fried in oil and served warm with a sauce such as a spicy tomato sauce or an aioli. This dish is commonly served in restaurants and bars throughout Spain, traditionally accompanied by a shot of orujo or a glass of wine.[citation needed] It is one of the spiciest dishes served in Spain.[citation needed]

Preparation[edit]

The potatoes are boiled in salted water for several minutes to tenderize them. They are then rubbed dry and deep fried.

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.

In Valencia and Catalonia, the potatoes are covered in a sauce made of olive oil, red pepper, paprika, chili, and vinegar. In these areas, the dish is traditionally served alongside allioli.

Consumption[edit]

Patatas bravas are served in bars in servings that contain approximately a quarter kilo of potato. It is frequently consumed as part of tapas.

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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