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Patatas Bravas in Seville

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December 1, 2014 / Tapas / By
Anna

A lot of years ago, Spain was our first introduction to Europe, and a mighty fine introduction it was too. We were certain we would go back, but life’s wheel spun to a few other compass points of wonderful. We ended up living in Italy and in all the intervening years, only revisited once - a largely unsuccessful day-trip across the French-Spanish border to visit the Dali Museum in Figueras.

Unsuccessful...because it looked as though half the other holiday makers in France and Spain had the same idea that day. The queue to get in stretched back several blocks from the entrance. So we bought the book, had a nice lunch and left.

A couple of weeks ago, the chance to return to Spain came again and The Tall Guy (TTG) and I found ourselves heading for a late-autumnal first visit to Seville, in the heart of Andalusia. Now tapas, those wonderful little snack-sized plates of local cuisine, had impressed us mightily on our first night on the town in Madrid, all those years ago. There, it seemed that the local custom was to order a drink, get a tapas plate of the waiter or bartender’s choice. Pay your bill (one price - drink and snack) and either settle in for a second round, or move on to another bar and repeat. The Tapas bars we visited in Seville operated a little more normally - you order your drink and choose your snack-sized plate or plates either from a blackboard menu displayed behind the bar, or from an actual card menu brought to your table.

The first bar we settled on was one of the latter - a menu was given to us and while we deciphered some of the more unfamiliar items, we ordered something “safe” - potato wedges in a spicy sauce - patatas bravas con salsa piccante with a couple of beers.

The salsa piccante was a bit of a surprise, being brown rather than reddish, and an even bigger surprise on tasting: it was an Indian korma curry sauce. Before you gasp in horror, it wasn’t actually too bad. Now, TTG will eat anything, so he’s no reliable food barometer, but I suspect that even The Doctor, a much tougher nut to crack and a gourmand of the most refined sensibilities might admit that ‘right place, right mood, right time” could see a place for this rather strange but likeable piece of fusion cuisine.

So with the festive season coming on and a need for quick easy snacks and finger food, here’s how, if you fancy giving patatas braves con salsa piccante (really, wedges in a curry sauce) a go.

The patatas bravas

Peel potatoes and cut into wedge or bite sized chunks - see the photo above for a rough guide.

Bring a pot of salted water to the boil, add the potato chunks and cook for 5-7 minute.

Drain the potatoes; place the wedges in a medium sized roasting pan, sprinkle liberally with olive oil and stir the wedges with a spoon or your fingers to ensure they are well coated with oil.

Sprinkle the wedges with a good coarse salt, like Maldon and place in an oven heated to 200°C. Cook for 20 - 25 minutes until crisp and golden. Stir and turn the wedges 2 or 3 times during cooking to ensure that they are brown and crispy all over.

Place onto several small plates or dishes, cover with korma sauce and serve. 

The korma sauce - aka salsa piccante

The hard way - make your own: Try this link - Jamie Oliver’s Homemade Curry Pastes 

You’ll need to add coconut milk to the paste while simmering the sauce to get it to the right consistency for the potato wedges.

The easy way - buy a ready made, but good quality sauce - such as Patak’s Korma Sauce.

All you need to do is gently simmer the sauce, straight from the bottle, stirring until hot, then add to the wedges.

As proof that what was in effect chips and curry was not bad after all, we ordered it again in a different restaurant. This time the salsa piccante had a distinct and authentic chipotle flavor. The Doctor was happier.

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