I’ve tried patatas bravas at all sorts of restaurants, most in the US, but a few in Spain as well, and I’m sure my experience has been very similar to most… that is to say, a few were exceptional and made me want more, but most were disappointing and made me feel like I could figure out how to do better at home.
And so I tried. And kinda sorta succeeded! But to be fair, and upfront, I did not go with the whole deep fried potato route with two separate sauces. I dumbed it down for my own sake, and used my pan roasted potato recipe and then augmented an easily available “mayo” from the store.
So spare me the complaints about these not being traditional potatas bravas, I know… they’re not, they are my “fake” version. But lucky for me, and maybe even you, they are still delicious!
That’s right, I grabbed a jar of Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo (this is where I’ve been told I should add in an Amazon affiliate link to make $0.05 a month, no thanks) and added a few ingredients to it so spice it up.
If you have the right tools, this is nothing more than adding everything into a large measuring cup that is large enough to handle an immersion blender, maybe six cup capacity.
It’s so good, and goes on almost anything. Seriously, one of my best pseudo-creations ever! Just throw all of the ingredients into the measuring cup pitcher, whip it all together with my stick blender, and then pour it into a cool squeeze bottle dispenser so all the popular kids think you’re cool!
One more reason I like this patatas bravas sauce so much, besides how tasty it is? It is so easy, that it takes only 15 minutes or so to make, which means that you can start your pan roasted potatoes, hang out a bit, and still have plenty of time to make this sauce before serving dinner!
Patatas Bravas Sauce
- immersion blender
- 1 jar Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo
- 1/2 cup avocado oil olive oil if you prefer
- 1 lemon – juiced lime if you prefer
- 5 cloves garlic – pressed or chopped
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar if you like your sauce a bit thinner
- combine all ingredients into appropriate container and use an immersion blender to throroughly blend and combine
One last thought, after all, one reason for this website to exist is for me to publicly explore healthy eating, which leads me to wonder about this recipe, is it healthy?
And my short answer is yes, just don’t eat the entire recipe in one sitting! It’s full of fat, but good fats, from avocados, and nothing that I would consider processed or overly-processed. It’s a wonderful, fatty and healthy addition to my dinners, especially considering that it helps me eat more of my vegetables.