This Spanish recipe for patatas a la Riojana is simple, but does require a little planning. Simple flavours and hearty make this great as a meal, a side dish – or in smaller portions as a tapa. Enjoy!
Ingredients – serves 2 for a meal with bread, 4 as a side dish or 8 as a tapa
- 4 large potatoes, peeled, parboiled and then diced (1/2 inch cubes)
- 300 grams of chorizo – cut into bite size chunks
- 1 small jar/tin of roasted red peppers – drained and cut to bite-size
- 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch rings
- 4 garlic cloves – finely sliced
- 1 bottle of white wine (white Rioja is best – but any medium will do)
- 1 level teaspoon of paprika (smoky is best)
- 1 level teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- Olive oil for sautéing (how do you even spell that?!)
- Heat a good glug of olive oil in a heavy based pan or cazuela
- Lob in the chorizo and allow it to cook slowly, releasing its flavour into the oil
- Throw in the onion
- Keep stirring over a low/medium heat until everything is softened but not browned
- Now add the paprika, cayenne and garlic – stir well
- Add the red peppers and potatoes – stir well
- Pour in a small glass of wine and bring to the boil – just long enough for the potatoes to soften
- If it starts to boil dry before the potatoes are soft – add a little water. I like this to ooze with just a little extra sauce. But if you want it to be more like a stew… add more water
- Serve hot with the rest of the bottle of Rioja!
Spain Buddy tips
Not really sure what tips we can give you here because the recipe speaks for itself – but we ‘ve found the following work well:
- Asparagus tips
- Fresh green beans
- Sugar snap peas
- Green pepper
- Yellow pepper
- Don’t be tempted to add chilli – the paprika and cayenne give it a nice warmth. This isn’t a spicy dish
- A pinh of saffron really enhances this dish
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.