23 September 2011

patatas bravas and Gordon Rambo's pork recipe

Despite my living in Málaga in my twenties, I tried patatas bravas for the first time this August, whilst holidaying in Catalunya.  
I've never really noticed the dish before on menus or on diners' plates at restaurants, but they are simply divine.
Well I've returned home, wanting to be able to recreate them.

I've also returned home, wanting to create delicious pork recipes.
And Gordon Ramsay's pressed pork belly method comes highly recommended by my dear friends Lucinda and Elisa.

I've started a thread on the BBC foodmessageboard, and received a few version to try, one even comes from Venezuela.
Since the video jug offering for patatas bravas had the appearance of my dish in Spain, I've made this recipe first of all.

Debate as to whether to include mayonnaise or not.
Mayonnaise with the patatas brava sauce is delicious, so I would mix some in, or serve it on the side, as we did last night.

ingredients for the sauce 

maris piper potatoes, blanched and fried or baked
2 small shallots
3 cloves garlic
1 - 2 red chillies
large glass white wine
sugar to taste
1/2 teasp cumin powder
1 heaped teasp Spanish smoked paprika
3 large beef tomatoes, roasted
2 tablsp home-made mayonnaise
salt and pepper

gently fry the onion, garlic and chillies
add the spices and sauté for a minute or two
add the white wine, then the roasted tomatoes and simmer gently till reduced by half
blitz in a food processor
& sieve for a smooth sauce

add a little mayonnaise if you wish.  I added 2 teaspoons.

fry or roast your potatoes

and finish preparing your pork dish according to the recipe

serve with the pork, and runner beans.


Anonymous said...

well that seems to have Sunday Lunch taken care of

Joanna said...

I suspect Brian would eat this every day if it was on offer. I can hear those potatoes sizzling from here. how delicious!

Renée said...

It all looks wonderful, Gill and one to try very soon!

I did make Patatas Bravas some time ago and enjoyed it very much.

Anonymous said...

That pork is wonderful isn't it Gill! It looks great with those patatas bravas, I really have to try them. We just stocked up on Cebego ham, lomo and chorizo, manchego cheese, olives, evoo. I think we shall feast on tapas tonight! Elisa

Gill the Painter said...

Good morning.

Richard, I hope you enjoy that meal tomorrow.

Hi Renee. Let us know how you get on with the dish.
Nice to see you here.

Gill the Painter said...

Hi Joanna
I think Tony will be wanting it very soon again too. These men do like the same things often, don't they.

Hello Elisa.
Delicious feasts. I wish we had a Spanish deli near us, You lucky things.
Enjoy your tapas.

celia said...

I read somewhere that patatas bravas meant "fierce potatoes". Gotta love the name! Thanks for the recipe, Grilly! :)

Gill the Painter said...

Good morning to you, Celia.

It's a great name isn't it. And you've gotta love the simplicity of the dish too.

But that's Spanish cooking for you.

Lucinda said...

What a feast Gill - yum yum yum........and Elisa - throw some of that shopping my way please!

I think L and I will have a tapas meal on Saturday after his exam.... maybe a trip to La Mancha.... Then somebody else can wash up!

Gill the Painter said...

Hi Lucinda.
Thank you for the pork recipe.

Good luck to L today.

And enjoy la Mancha! It's great in there isn't it.
If our District Line tube was cancelled, and we ended up on the Wimbledon train, it used to ease the diversion rather nicely, if we popped into La Mancha.

Jane said...

Thank you Gill for not keeping this just for Tony. Your family in Yorkshire enjoyed this dish on Sunday lovingly prepared by yourself. I am going to make the patatas bravas tonight with the remainder or your sauce. Moltes gràcies...

Gill the Painter said...

Morning our Jane.
Ma'pleasure. It was great cooking in your lovely kitchen.

Stress free!

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