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Patatas bravas (Potatoes with spicy tomato sauce)

"Patatas Bravas" are one of the most common tapa dishes! You find these great little crispy potatoes offered in just about every tapas bar.

This dish is also a little break from the norm in Spain. Normally, cooking in Spain is very mild with only a small handful of dishes having a spicy taste. This dish is one of those spicy exceptions! Granted, what a Spaniard finds spicy might be different from you!

The sauce can be made a million ways. The most common and easiest is perhaps simply mixing some mayonnaise, ketchup and spicy paprika.

This dish is so easy, so there is no excuse not to include it in your next tapas meal! Enjoy!

Ingredients

Ingredients for 4 people: Patatas Bravas

For the potatoes:

2 lbs potatoes
Olive oil for frying
Spicy or sweet paprika (optional)
Salt

For the Brava sauce:

1 cup tomato sauce
1 tbsp
red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 tsp sweet Spanish, paprika
1/2 tsp spicy Spanish paprika (add this to your taste)
Salt to taste
2 tbsp olive oil

Preparation

While heating the oil (about 1 inch in the pan), peel and cut the potatoes into about 1" cubes. Add the potatoes to the oil and cook until golden (about 12-15 minutes). Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel lined tray. Sprinkle with a little salt and a dash of paprika if desired.

To make the sauce, heat the oil and add the garlic. Cook for one minute and then add the tomato sauce. Add the vinegar and paprikas. Slowly simmer for about 5 minutes. Add salt to your taste and check for spiciness.

Pour some sauce over the hot potatoes and serve. Enjoy!

 

Category: Tapa

Prices: Low

Cooking time: 20 minutes

 

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Tortilla de patatas (Potato omelette)

The potato omelette is a classic tapa! Served as a small bite or in a sandwich (called a "pincho"), no Spanish bar or cafe would be proper without it on its tapas menu.

While the traditional version only includes eggs, potatoes, salt and olive oil, I have added some onion to add more flavour! Try a different take on this classic by adding some nice chorizo sausage to give it a little kick!

IngredientsPotato Omelette

Ingredients for 4 people:

3 medium potatoes (cut into half-inch cubes)
1 medium onion (finely chopped)
3-4 large eggs
5 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste

Preparation

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a small to medium-sized non-stick skillet pan. Add the onion and cook until it start to soften. Add the potatoes and cook over medium heat until the potatoes are cooked through. Remove cooked potatoes from heat and strain off the extra oil.

In a medium-size bowl add the eggs (enough to almost cover the potatoes in the skillet) and mix in your salt. Beat together and then add and fully incorporate the potatoes.

Return the entire mixture to your original skillet (with a little of the oil still in the pan) and evenly spread out the mixture. Cook over medium heat until the egg is nearly set. Now the tricky part! Use a large plate to flip the tortilla over and finish cooking the other side.

Place on a plate and let slightly cool and enjoy!

 

Category: Tapa/main course

Prices: Low

Cooking time: 30 minutes

 

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Pan con tomate (Toasts with tomato)

"Pan con Tomate" could not be easier to make yet be so delicious! This tapa hails from the Barcelona region of Spain and is one of the easiest Spanish recipes!

This is essentially just toast with tomato, garlic and olive oil. The only thing different here is we do not make a sauce, we rub the garlic and tomato on the toast.

Try this one at home next time you are thinking about tapas. This makes a nice snack and would be easy as you probably have these ingredients laying around anyway. Enjoy!

IngredientsPan con Tomate

Ingredients for 4-6 people:

1 loaf of rustic artisan bread or baguette
1-2 ripe tomatoes
1-2 large cloves of garlic (optional)
1-2 tbsp premium Spanish extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Cut the bread into nice 1/2 inch thick pieces and toast or grill until firm. Slice the top off a thick piece of garlic and rub on the toast. Now slice off the top of a tomato and rub the tomato on the toast. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. It could not be easier!

 

Category: Tapa

Prices: Very low

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Typical recipe from: Barcelona (Catalonia)

 

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Torrijas (Bread pudding)

A delicious Spanish dessert, typical to eat during Easter.

IngredientsTorrijas

Ingredients for 4 people:

1 l of milk
½ kg of honey
½ kg of sugar
Olive oil
8 eggs
Slices of bread for 'torrijas'

Preparation

Cut a large loaf of bread for "torrijas" in fairly thick slices (you can also use special ready sliced bread). Mix the milk and sugar in a deep bowl. Beat the eggs in a separate dish. Dip the slices of bread in the sugared milk and eggs and fry in a pan with boiling oil until golden brown. Then drain well.

Presentation

Place the "torrijas" on a serving dish and pour honey over them. It is also traditional to add the sugared milk to the serving dish so that the "torrijas" soak it up and become more spongy.

 

Category: Dessert

Prices: Low

Cooking time: 1 hour

Season: Easter week

Typical recipe from: Madrid

 

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Almendras (Toasted almonds)

"Almendras", or toasted almonds, are another common snack found in most bars, restaurants and cafes. You can almost think of these as a "pre-tapa." They have a wonderful flavour and go great with a handful of nice Spanish olives and a nice cold "caña" (draught beer).

This recipe could not be easier, the tricky part might be finding the unroasted raw almonds. We call these "almendras repelada cruda" in Spain. Simply shelled raw almonds.

IngredientsAlmendras

Ingredients for 4-6 people:

2 cups shelled raw almonds
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt

Preparation

Preheat oven to 190 ºC.

In a shallow clay casserole dish (or other oven-safe shallow pan) put the almonds and lightly coat with the olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

Presentation

Let fully cool before serving as the almonds will be chewy if still warm.

 

Category: Tapa

Prices: Low

Cooking time: 30 minutes

 

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Some of these recipes are from a mixture of my favourites food sites for Spanish recipes "Tapas bonitas" and "Easy Spanish Recipes".

 

 
 

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