Patatas bravas is a traditional Spanish tapas dish of potatoes served in a spicy tomato sauce. This recipe for patatas bravas is mild enough for children to enjoy yet still full of flavour. Although patatas bravas is traditionally a tapas dish I think it is a perfect side dish. It's really simple to make and is a great way to add one of your five a day to a portion of potatoes. It's also a good way to introduce new flavours to your children's diets.
I served the patatas bravas with a soy and flaxseed schnitzel from The Fry Family Food Co and a green salad for the grown ups and steamed carrots for the children. Clean plates all round!
The Fry Family Food Co make vegan foods and we were sent a selection to try out. The schnitzels were one of our favourite items. Made from soya, they are well-spiced and seasoned and are coated in a flax and sunflower seed crumb, which was really delicious.
We also tried out sausages, nuggets, mushroom pie, falafel burgers and stir fry strips - all of them vegan and all of them enjoyed by the kids. My favourite were the sausages, which were among the nicest veggie sausages I've ever tried. The biggest surprise was the mushroom pie which both R and Miss R absolutely loved. I'm not a big fan of mushrooms so I rarely serve them up to the children. I felt sure that they'd just eat the pastry but they both scoffed the pie. I will definitely be serving mushroom pie up again!
In order to give you an idea of how you can enjoy a Fry's meal I'm sharing with you here the recipe for mild patatas bravas, which went perfectly with the schnitzels.
Here's what to do:
Ingredients (serves a family of five with a few leftovers)
1kg white potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C. Put the chopped potatoes into a baking dish and cover with 2 tbsp olive oil. Stir well. Cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, golden and crispy.
To make the sauce heat the remaining olive oil in a medium saucepan, add the onion, cover and cook on a low heat until soft. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes then add all the other ingredients, stir well and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for up to 45 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Making this in advance will only be a good thing for the sauce.
Once the potatoes are cooked add them to the sauce, stir well and serve.
Fry's foods are available to buy in Morrisons and other selected UK shops.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with The Fry Family Food Co. All opinions are honest and my own.