Patatas Bravas and Alioli: Tapas Potatoes

October 15, 2013

I have recently been experimenting with Spanish cooking and tried a Spanish style chicken which I was really pleased with. One thing I have been wanting to try for a while is Tapas, a selection of mix and match Spanish dishes which can be eaten together or separately. I remember eating in a Spanish restaurant and one dish I really loved was a dish of potatoes smothered in a tomato style sauce with a bit of a kick to it. I wanted to try and recreate something similar at home. I managed to find two recipes which prepare the potatoes in a very similar way, the only difference is the sauce. These are Patatas Bravas, potatoes in a tomato based sauce and Patatas Alioli, potatoes served with a garlic mayonnaise sauce.

Tapas - Potatoes

Normally the dishes would be served with potatoes and sauce in the same dish, but I decided to serve the potatoes and sauce separately and give people the choice of one or both. I also made several other dishes to serve along with the potatoes. I used Maris Piper Potatoes, a potato that I find very versatile which can be used in numerous potato dishes.

TapasPatatas Bravas Recipe



  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into small cubes. Sprinkle with some salt.
  2. Add the olive oil into a frying pan and heat until hot. The oil should be hot enough to immediately fry the potato when it is added to the pan.
  3. Add the potatoes to the pan and fry them until evenly cooked though. Remove them from the pan and place into a warmed dish.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to another pan and heat.
  5. Add the tin of tomatoes, mustard, paprika and tabasco sauce and heat until it turns sauce like.
  6. Pour over the potatoes or serve in a separate dish.

Patatas Alioli



  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into small cubes
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the potatoes for about ten minutes until they are cooked though.
  3. Add to a separate dish.
  4. Mix the crushed garlic with the mayonnaise.
  5. Either add to the potatoes in the dish or serve separately.

If you are feeling adventurous these are great served with other tapas dishes but would also make a lovely accompaniment to a main meal.

This post is an entry for #MarisPiperBritMums Linky Challenge sponsored by Potato Council for Potato Week 7 – 13 October, celebrating the varieties of potatoes and how we like to eat them. Learn more and find recipes at


5 responses to “Patatas Bravas and Alioli: Tapas Potatoes”

  1. Ooh they look lovely 🙂

  2. A friend of mine made these for me something like this years ago and always goes down well. Fab recipe. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  3. Galina V says:

    Very tasty potato dish! Lots of flavours!

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