THIS IS A GREAT APPETIZER!!! We ordered this at a Spanish restaurant in Baltimore many years ago and after getting a partial list of ingredients from the chef and many attempts of making it, I finally came up with this fantastic recipe.
A fantastic Spanish tapa (by the way, the literal translation of patatas bravas is brave potatoes) that can be served as side dish or as part of a array of Spanish tapas. These have always been an item that goes first at my "Wine and Tapas" get togethers. This recipe has been adapted from "the tapas cookbook".
This is probably one of the most famous Spanish tapas, available throughout Spain. Although my recipe is original, it is authentic as I have constantly revised it duplicating the flavors and consistency I have had in the best tapas bars. Although this can be made in any oven proof dish, I recommend a "cazuela" (terra cotta dish). Although difficult to find, it can be purchased online through "www.tienda.com".
These fiery little friends are great for race days, tailgate parties and Sunday afternoon playoffs. Not suitable for synchronized water ballet get-togethers, though. After the last touch of oil is added they could be char-grilled if you don't want to heat the oven.
Wonderful Appetizer! You can also make these to take along on a picnic - keep in a cooler if you use shrimp or other meat or have them vegetarian. Try using left over chicken, vegetables or other meats. In Korea this is called "Pajon" and is a typical street vendor food. Use chopsticks or you fingers. This recipe was originally from Eating Well Magazine (1993)
Typical spanish tapa. Delicious warm or cold. You can add other ingredients like bacon, ham, green or red peppers, but the typical is the potato and onion. Saves well for a couple of days in refrigerator and can be warmed up in microwave.