The other day I was preparing a party menu and couldn't decide what to make for a snack. It has to be something that is quickly done, goes well with the wine and something that everyone likes. I was searching Pinterest, which kind of became my hobby, and found lots of things but they were all either too time consuming, or too fancy for a party with friends. You can see my party snack recipes HERE.
I decided to make Patatas Bravas. The recipe is from Valentina Smej Novak, a lovely fellow Slovenian, who had a famous Tv cook show and has so many lovely recipes for any occasion.
I can tell you, this little fellas were a huge success! Everyone loved the spicy sauce and people started to ask for the recipe. And that is always a good sign.
You need (recipe adapted from here.)
1 kilo potatoes
2 table spoons olive oil
For the sauce:
250 ml canned tomatoes
1 tea spoon brown sugar
1 table spoon balsamic vinegar
1 tea spoon chilli powder
1 table spoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 table spoons mayonnaise
Peel the potatoes and cut them into small chunks (about 2 centimeters). Preheat the oven to 200°C and prepare a roasting tray – put one sheet of parchment paper on the tray and set aside. Wash the potato chunks and season them with salt and pepper. Put one to two table spoons olive oil to the potatoes and toss them in the mixture. Put the potatoes on the tray and bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Meanwhile prepare the sauce.
Put olive oil in a sauce pan and heat on medium flame until hot. Add the tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar and chilli powder. Mix well and leave on heat for two minutes. When it starts to boil, remove from heat and mix in the mayonnaise, season with salt and pepper and set aside. When potatoes are baked, remove from the oven and put on a plate. Top with the sauce and serve hot.