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Patatas bravas (Spanish: [paˈtatas ˈbɾaβas]), 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 cubes of about two centimetres, then fried in oil and served warm with a sauce such as a spicy tomato sauce. This dish is commonly served in restaurants and bars in Madrid and throughout Spain.
There is no exact date when patatas bravas were created, however there is assumption that people knew about it after 1542—when Spain conquered the Inca empire. The famine devastated Europe along with the Thirty Years' War made people to consume potatoes. Potatoes were not exactly popular because people used to feed animals with potato rather than eating themselves. Centuries later it has become one of the basic food products in Spain and many countries of Europe.
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 aioli, a form of fried potato traditionally prepared with olive oil 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 aioli.
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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