Patatas Bravas

This traditional Spanish dish of Patatas Bravas is perfect as starter or side.
  • 5 large red or yellow potatoes, scrubbed
  • Salt
  • 2 plum tomatoes
  • 60ml olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 250ml prepared mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp Spanish paprika
  • 2 tsp pureed chipotle chillies in adobo
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Place the potatoes in a large pot of cold water, add two tablespoons of salt and cook until potatoes are tender, but still firm, about 12 to 15 minutes. Drain, let cool and cut each potato into 2cm thick slices.

Heat the grill or barbecue to high. Brush the tomatoes with the some of the oil and season with salt and pepper. While the potatoes are cooking, place the tomatoes on the grill and grill until charred on all sides and soft, about ten minutes. Remove from the grill when charred.

Place the tomatoes, mayonnaise, garlic, paprika and chipotle in a food processor and process until smooth, season with salt and pepper. Can be made one day in advance and refrigerated.

Brush the potato slices on both sides with some of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the potatoes on the grill, close the cover and grill until lightly golden brown and just cooked through, about two minutes per side. Carefully transfer the potatoes to a platter and garnish with the parsley. Serve the aioli drizzled over the potatoes or on the side.

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