Patatas Bravas with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Spanish Tapas

  • 1 lb. baby creamer potatoes/ marble potatoes, peeled
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • water for boiling
  • ¼ cup olive oil or any cooking oil for frying
For the spicy tomato sauce and toppings
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 3 pcs. red hot chili pepper or red Thai chili, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tbsps. calamansi lime juice
  • 1 tsp. dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil or any cooking oil

Parboil and fry the potatoes
  1. In a cooking pot, boil water with 1 tsp. of salt. Add the potatoes and cooked for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they can be pierced with the tip of a fork. Transfer the potatoes in a colander to drain the liquid. Set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Fry the potatoes in batches for about 5 to 8 minutes per batch or until the potatoes turn light brown. Transfer the potatoes on paper towel to drain the excess oil. 
  3. Transfer the potatoes on a serving dish. Toss in the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Drizzle with spicy tomato sauce and then sprinkle with chili flakes and minced parsley. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Prepare the spicy tomato sauce
  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Sauté the garlic and onion until fragrant and translucent. Add tomato sauce and water. Stir the mixture and bring to a light simmer.
  2. Add chili, cayenne, paprika, ground pepper, salt and calamansi juice. Cook for about 5 to 10 minutes or until the flavors are well-blended. Adjust the seasonings as needed.
  3. Remove from heat and pour the sauce on the cooked baby potatoes.

**Number of Servings: 3 to 4

  1. Add more toppings like cheese and other fresh herbs and spices.
  2. Other varieties of potatoes can also be used.
  3. The spicy sauce can be served as a dip to other dishes or as toppings to favorite pasta. It will keep in the refrigerator for a week.