Fried potatoes are already pretty irresistible, let alone when they’re doused in a smoked paprika tomato sauce and aioli, a garlicky mayonnaise. A sparkling wine cuts right through the fattiness, leaving your palate refreshed and ready for another bite.
What are Patatas Bravas?
Spain’s most popular and simple tapas are patatas bravas, fried potatoes. Each tavern has its own version, with slight variations in the consistency, size or sauces. The patatas (potatoes) become bravas (strong) because of the slightly spicy tomato sauce drizzled on top. The purest form of the dish is with tomato sauce only, but many prefer the addition of aioli, which adds a nice creamy mouthfeel.
What is Aioli?
Aioli or Alioli is a garlicky emulsion, not quite a mayonnaise. Aioli is made from garlic and olive oil, while mayonnaise has egg yolks and canola oil. The version in the recipe is a quick way to emulate authentic aioli’s flavours, but isn’t the same.
Patatas Bravas and Cava – a Wonderful Match
Cava is a great match for tapas in general, but for patatas bravas in particular. It matches the dish’s rich flavours, and the wine’s acidity between bites is perfect for highlighting the sweet and salty contrast of the potatoes. The bubbles refresh the palate. Try it!
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