Vegan Patatas Bravas

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Patatas bravas are traditional Spanish tapas: fried potatoes with a warm sauce. This patatas bravas recipe is a vegan tapas rendition and just as delicious!

Vegan Patatas Bravas recipe | Vegan tapas

I’m 5% Spanish. At least, that’s what Ancestry.com told me. As a wannabee Spaniard, learning a tiny piece of my DNA was Iberian made me literally jump out of my chair in excitement. Of course, this detail doesn’t give me street cred to call Spanish food my own. But after studying abroad there and always feeling drawn to the country and language, I’ve got at least enough of a obsession to call myself a Spanish food enthusiast. Hey, even our recent open fire paella recipe was commended by a real Spaniard who said it “tastes like home”! After our recent trip to Spain a few months ago, I’ve been dying to share this Vegan Patatas Bravas recipe with you. It’s an incredibly delicious appetizer and perfect for snack dinner. And to me…it tastes like home. (Even though it’s not my true home. Just play along with me, okay?!)

Vegan Patatas Bravas recipe | Vegan tapas

Vegan Patatas Bravas recipe | Vegan tapas

What are patatas bravas?

So what are patatas bravas? Man, are you in for a treat! Patatas bravas are a traditional Spanish tapas recipe. You’ll see them at literally all the tapas bars in Spain. Literally! “Patatas bravas” means brave potatoes (how cute is that?), and these brave little potatoes are crisp fried deliciousness. What makes them brave is the sauce, which varies based on each bar you go to. When I lived in Madrid during college, I remember the bravas sauce being a savory red spiced sauce, made mainly of tomatoes. But another very traditional version of a patatas bravas recipe uses a creamy white aoili sauce. Sometimes the patatas bravas are topped with paprika red or a paprika oil. And many times they are sprinkled with a bit of fresh chopped parsley.

Upon my return to Spain a few months ago, the first thing we ordered was (you guessed it), patatas bravas! We hit up Málaga, Granada, Cartagena, Valencia and Barcelona and guess what: the patatas bravas we ordered always had the creamy white aoili sauce. And of course: they were always so, so delicious! So as much as I missed my red patatas bravas sauce, I wanted to create a version with the aoili sauce too.

Vegan Patatas Bravas recipe | Vegan tapas

How to make patatas bravas at home

Fact: this patatas bravas recipe is not authentic. There are many wonderful Spanish chefs who have books including an authentic patatas bravas recipe (for example, our favorite Spanish chef José Andrés). The thing about patatas bravas is that it’s a recipe for eating in a restaurant. The potatoes are flash fried in a deep frier, and they are always crispy and delicious. We wanted to create a homemade patatas bravas recipe, and of course that means a healthier take. Also, when we posted some photos of patatas bravas while in Spain on our Instagram Stories, we had a reader request vegan tapas recipes, specifically vegan patatas bravas. So, I couldn’t get the idea of making a vegan patatas bravas sauce out of my head.

For our patatas bravas recipe, we’ve baked the potatoes in a very hot oven until browned and crisp. For our vegan bravas sauce, we’ve used a base of soaked cashews to make a vegan mustard similar to our vegan potato salad recipe. Then, we added smoked paprika, called pimentón in Spain, to add a smoky flavor and red color. And then of course, we’ve added a little confetti of chopped parsley. The end result is a patatas bravas recipe that’s very tasty and a little lighter on the stomach than the traditional deep fried Spanish tapas. We served it for a “snack dinner” concept of all appetizers, with cheese and veggies and dips, and it totally hit the spot.

Vegan Patatas Bravas recipe | Vegan tapas

Vegan tapas recipes

So, why vegan tapas recipes? Why not! Our trip to Spain reminded me that many Spanish tapas recipes aren’t so healthy. And many of them are heavy on meat, cheese or dairy. However, as a 5% Spaniard, I’m 100% passionate about the culture of tapas. Eating small bites together with friend and family and lingering over meals was a huge takeaway for Alex and me upon returning from Spain. The way that Spaniards invest quality time in their friends and family over food is something we desire for our lives too. But instead of small bites that are mainly fried and meaty, at home we’re trying out some healthy tapas and vegan tapas recipes. And as I mentioned above, we got some reader requests for vegan patatas bravas too!

Hence, this vegan tapas recipe: baked, crispy, plant based, and de-lish. It tastes like home.

Vegan Patatas Bravas recipe | Vegan tapas

Looking for more vegan tapas recipes?

These recipes aren’t all Spanish, but they could work as vegan tapas recipes in a spread with these patatas bravas:

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant based, gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free.

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Vegan Patatas Bravas recipe | Vegan tapas

Vegan Patatas Bravas


1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Description

Patatas bravas are traditional Spanish tapas: fried potatoes with a warm sauce. This patatas bravas recipe is a vegan tapas rendition and just as delicious!


Ingredients

For the potatoes

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes (4 to 5 medium potatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Parsley, for garnish

For the bravas sauce

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (pimentón)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons water

Instructions

Prepare the cashews: Place the cashews in a bowl and cover them with water. Soak them while making the recipe, at least 30 minutes if using a high speed blender and about 1 hour for a regular blender. If you think ahead, you can soak the cashews overnight (you can also make the bravas sauce in advance). 

Prepare the potatoes: Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Chop the potatoes into 1 x 1.5” pieces (slice them into thirds lengthwise, then in half, and then into chunks). In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with the olive oil, kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper.

Roast the potatoes for 35 minutes, stirring once, until potatoes are cooked through and lightly browned.

Prepare the bravas sauce: Once the cashews have soaked, drain them. Then blend together all ingredients for the bravas sauce for several minutes until the sauce is smooth and creamy.

Serve the potatoes warm from the oven with the bravas sauce. If desired, sprinkle with chopped parsley. (If you make the potatoes in advance, you can re-warm them in a 350F oven before serving.)

Keywords: Patatas, Potatoes, Patatas Bravas, Tapas, Vegan, Vegan Tapas, Spanish, Spanish Recipes, Healthy Tapas

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.

1 Comment

  • Reply
    Ruby
    October 10, 2018 at 5:20 am

    This recipe is genius! I LOVE your vegan take on patatas bravas, especially since it is my favorite thing to order every time I visit Spain. I’ll never get tired of them. Can’t wait to try to recreate the magic at home! xx

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