Crisp Spiced potatoes
Patatas bravas is a basic, traditional tapa as popular in elegant big-city
establishments as it is in the more modest village hostelries. As with most
tapas, each bar and household will have its own recipe, naturally believed to
the best! Savor this mildly tangy version of patatas bravas with a chilled white
- Serves: 4
- Difficulty: Very easy
- Preparation time: 30 minutes
- 3 tablespoons of
- 4 large Russet potatoes, peeled, and cut to 1-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
- 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz) Ketchup
- 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz) mayonnaise
- Chopped parsley, to garnish
- 1 cup (8 fl. oz)
, for frying
The brava sauce
In a saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion
and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft. Turn off the heat, and add the
paprika, Tabasco sauce, and thyme, stirring well. Transfer to a bowl and add the
ketchup and mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Sprinkle the potatoes lightly with salt and black pepper. In a large skillet
fry the potatoes in 1 cup (8 fl. oz) olive oil until cooked through and golden-brown,
stirring occasionally. (Take care when adding the potatoes to the saucepan
because the oil will splatter due to the salt). Drain the potatoes on paper
towels, check the seasoning, add more salt if necessary, and set it aside.
Getting it all together
Mix the potatoes with the sauce inmediately before serving to ensure that the
potatos retain their crispness. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve warm.
Combo - Sangria Red Wine + Sangria Pitcher
Sangria is the
traditional summer drink of Andalucia. Red wine is mixed with fruit,
soda and brandy - sort of a citrus wine spritzer. It is an informal and
refreshing way to enjoy good company and friends.
This combo includes a bottle of pre-mixed Sangria and a hand-made
Sangria pitcher for serving. The pinched spout of the pitcher keeps ice
and fruit from pouring out. The bottle of Sangria contains red wine and
natural citrus for a great base for sangria. This is a good head-start
for your own creative urge.
Use the recipe below, or serve the Reál Sangría chilled right from
the bottle. Alcohol 7%-10%.
Sliced Jamon - Artisan Aged Manchego Combo
Another incarnation of
our classic tapa combo. First, imported Jamón Serrano: cured mountain
ham sliced paper thin by hand and individually leaved for your easy use.
The zip-lock envelope keeps it fresh for more than one occasion.
As is often the case at all tapas bars, the slices of jamón are
paired with artisan sheep's milk cheese from La Mancha -- home of Don
Our Villajos semi-cured Manchego is truly an artisan raw sheep's milk
cheese. Since 1996, three brothers have fashioned this unique Manchego.
Despite its short existence, Villajos "curado" earned First Prize in
2002 and one Accésit in 2003 at the Gran Selección de Castilla La Mancha
contest. In fact, it won the prize for the best Manchego in La Mancha.
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