Patatas Bravas (fierce potatoes) is a Spanish tapas dish made with fried cubed potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce and aioli. With smashed yukon gold potatoes leftover from a previous dinner, I made potato pancakes reminiscent of this tasty dish. My other favorite way to eat potato pancakes is with sour cream or applesauce. It's one of my favorite breakfasts!
To 2 cups of smashed potatoes, I added 1/3 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, a tablespoon of dried thyme, 2 eggs and some kosher salt. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated. I dropped 2 large tablespoon dollops into a medium high pan with 3 tablespoons of hot vegetable oil. After the first side browned nicely and the potatoes set, I turned and browned the other side. The potato pancakes were placed on a paper towel to drain.
For the aioli, I added to my mini food processor: 6 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, a pinch of saffron, 1/2 zested lemon, juice from 1/2 lemon and one clove garlic. I blended until it was a smooth paste and added salt to taste.
*note* this is more of a method than a recipe-you may alter the amounts to get your batter just right.
Here's the process ending with the "patatas bravas" topped with the aioli:
The taters waiting to be recreated into something wonderful.
Frying up in the pan.
Tada! Crispy on the outside with a savory creamy center.
p.s. Thanks, Mom, for making these for me in your trusty Revereware pan.