One of my longtime friends is in town from Florida and I had to make him a nice meal before he heads back home. I have never been to Spain, but I have been to a few spanish restaurants. Patatas bravas is one of my favorite appetizers. So simple, yet so good! As good as they are, they are even better accompanied by some meat.
My protein option is skirt steak. I marinated it in a south american style chimichurri sauce. For the marinade, I pulsed the following in a food processor: parsley, cilantro, vinegar, red pepper flakes, salt, and about a cup of olive oil. For the marinade, a thicker sauce is better. As a topping, a thinner sauce (add more vinegar) is better.
Patatas bravas are not complete with an aioli. I took a typical Romesco sauce (roasted red peppers, tomato puree, almonds, olive oil, oregano, and seasoning) and combined it with a standard mayo. After a quick puree in the food processor, the aioli is ready. It is nutty, creamy, and fruity. I was so happy with how it turned out. Chilled or room temperature, the aioli is amazing with the patatas bravas.
|romesco sauce before aioli|
The patatas bravas are fairly simple. I roughly chop some potatoes and then fry them in large batches. This will cook them through on the inside. Once out the fryer, I let them drain. Right before serving, I turn up the heat on my oil and quickly fry in smaller batches. The potatoes brown very quickly and even develop a slight crunch. This double fry technique ensures that the potatoes cook exactly as they should! Make sure to season the potatoes with your best salt right out of the fryer.
|after the first fry session, simply blanched|
|after the second fry session, crispy and delicious|
|skirt steak with chimichurri marinade|
|the grill is steak's best friend|
I made sure to cut the steak against the grain. I sliced the skirt steak into 3 sections, rotated each piece 90 degrees, and sliced them into 1/3 inch strips.
|chimichurri skirt steak with patatas bravas and romesco aioli|
|the kid from Florida, Chris|
|getting busy in the kitchen|