Cycle 6 – Item 5
10 (Sat) January 2015
Patatas Bravas with Bacalao
in my apartment
Patatas bravas is a Spanish dish. Consists of cubed potatoes, deep-fried, served with tomato sauce, often a bit spicy – simple and obvious yet satisfying. Classic tapa.
Tapas Step-by-Step is a Spanish cookbook. Published by UK-based Parragon, part of its LOVE FOOD series that showcases various cuisines from around the world. I bought it at local book shop in Barcelona, almost exactly 9 years ago (see generally 5.202 Sepia Plancha) – would’ve preferred a more authentic publication (e.g., penned by a renowned Spanish chef), but it was the only one in English that they had.
Patatas bravas seemed an easy entry point. Improvised with chats, hoping to emulate the roasted ones I’d experienced in Melbourne (see generally 5.340 Fried Cauliflower, Chilli, Coriander), but didn’t maintain the proper temperature and ended up burning them a bit. The sauce was okay, if predictable, enhanced with some anchovies. The bacalao, whatever. Oh well.
Even though the dish didn’t turn out so great this time, I’ll keep the idea in the back of my mind for a dinner party appetizer someday.
(See also GLOBAL FOOD GLOSSARY)