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Potato Tots Bravas Recipe

Potato Tots Bravas
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins | Makes: About 45 tots

Patatas bravas is one of Spain’s most definitive tapas, consisting of fried potatoes served with a spicy "brava"—meaning fierce—tomato sauce. The accompanying aioli here is the perfect foil for the spicy peppers. Grab a glass of sangría and dream of Catalonia.

This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Potato Tots project.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes (about 2 medium), scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups canola oil, for frying
  • Brava Sauce
  • Basic Aioli
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the oven to 450°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place the potatoes in the oven and bake until easily pierced with a knife but still firm in the center, about 35 to 40 minutes. (If you have 3 smaller potatoes, cook them about 25 to 30 minutes.) When cool enough to handle but still hot, peel away the skin using a paring knife and discard. Shred the potatoes on the large holes of a box grater. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, sprinkle in the flour, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne, and mix until combined.
  2. Measure 1 teaspoon of the potato mixture and roll into a short cylinder about 1 1/2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. Place on a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining potato mixture.
  3. Line a second baking sheet with paper towels; set aside. Add enough of the oil to a large frying pan to reach about 1/4 inch up the sides and set over medium-high heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Check to see if the oil is hot by submerging the handle of a wooden spoon or wooden chopstick till it touches the bottom of the pan—the oil should bubble vigorously. When it’s ready, fry the tots in batches of 8 to 10 pieces (do not overcrowd the pan), turning once, until medium golden brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the paper-towel-lined baking sheet and season with salt. To serve, spoon a thin layer of brava sauce on the surface of a serving dish and arrange the tots in the sauce. Dollop a large spoonful of aioli on top. Alternatively, serve both sauces on the side for dipping.
  4. To freeze, let the fried tots cool, then transfer to an airtight container or zip-top bag. Arrange in a single layer and place in the freezer. To reheat, heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Evenly spread the tots in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until hot, about 15 minutes.