Potato Tots Bravas
Patatas bravas is one of Spain’s most definitive tapas, consisting of fried potatoes served with a spicy "brava"—meaning fierce—tomato sauce. The accompanying aioli here is the perfect foil for the spicy peppers. Grab a glass of sangría and dream of Catalonia.
This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Potato Tots project.
- 1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes (about 2 medium), scrubbed
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups canola oil, for frying
- Brava Sauce
- Basic Aioli
1Heat the oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place the potatoes in the oven and bake until easily pierced with a knife but still firm in the center, about 35 to 40 minutes. (If you have 3 smaller potatoes, cook them about 25 to 30 minutes.) When cool enough to handle but still hot, peel away the skin using a paring knife and discard. Shred the potatoes on the large holes of a box grater. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, sprinkle in the flour, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne, and mix until combined.
2Measure 1 teaspoon of the potato mixture and roll into a short cylinder about 1 1/2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Place on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining potato mixture.
3Line a second baking sheet with paper towels; set aside. Add enough of the oil to a large frying pan to reach about 1/4 inch up the sides and set over medium-high heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Check to see if the oil is hot by submerging the handle of a wooden spoon or wooden chopstick till it touches the bottom of the pan—the oil should bubble vigorously. When it’s ready, fry the tots in batches of 8 to 10 pieces (do not overcrowd the pan), turning once, until medium golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the paper-towel-lined baking sheet and season with salt. To serve, spoon a thin layer of brava sauce on the surface of a serving dish and arrange the tots in the sauce. Dollop a large spoonful of aioli on top. Alternatively, serve both sauces on the side for dipping.
4To freeze, let the fried tots cool, then transfer to an airtight container or zip-top bag. Arrange in a single layer and place in the freezer. To reheat, heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Evenly spread the tots in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until hot, about 15 minutes.
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