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On more than one occasion, when my family has gotten together for dinner, the theme has been “appetizers.”  We all love them – and maybe that is why I am so fascinated with tapas.  And really, they seem to be becoming all the rage these days – with all-tapas restaurants opening up everywhere.  What’s not to love?  I think my favorite part of having an all appetizer or tapas dinner is that you don’t have to choose just one thing – you get to have a whole variety of dishes for dinner!!

I was really enamored with the tapas chapter in this cookbook.  I thought I had an idea of what Spanish cuisine consisted of, but I have realized that I really had no idea.  I seriously spent so much time going through this chapter, trying to decide what I wanted to try first!  Which may have you wondering why I went with what seems like such an un-adventurous choice.  Well, this was one of those recipes that surprised me by being so much better than I anticipated!!  Don’t let it’s simple ingredient list or appearance fool you – this is a tapas dish that is full of flavor!

First – the potatoes.  The heading to the recipe says that in most restaurants and bars, the potatoes will be deep fried.  Well, these potatoes do not need to be fried.  They are so crispy and delicious.  They take a bit of time to make, but they are well worth it.

The tomato sauce – oh, the tomato sauce.  I was only going to make half a batch, but I decided to do the whole thing so I wouldn’t have half a can of tomatoes left over.  I’m so glad I did, because this is a tasty sauce!!  I probably could have gone a little heavier on the red pepper flakes since mine wasn’t very spicy, but it sure was tasty!

And on the allioli – the book actually gives a recipe to make it from scratch.  But since I’m pregnant, I didn’t want to be eating raw eggs, so I went with the mock version.

While each component is delicious on it’s own, it is pure magic when you eat them all together!  It was one of those “wow” moments when I took my first bite.  I wasn’t even hungry, but I managed to eat quite a few of those potato wedges!!  It was all such a pleasant surprise, and I’m so glad I chose this recipe!!

Recipe Rating:   4.5 out of 5

Crisp Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Sauce
from The New Spanish Table

serves 4 to 6

total time:  1 hour 15 minutes

16 small red potatoes
3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
coarse salt
spicy tomato sauce (recipe follows)
allioli (recipe follows)

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a skewer, about 20 minutes.  Do not overcook.  Drain and let cool.  When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut each potato into quarters.

Preheat the oven to 475F.

Place the potatoes, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and some salt in a bowl and toss to coat evenly.  Be careful not to break the potatoes apart, adding more oil if needed.  Spread the potatoes in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet.  Bake in the preheated oven, turning once, until crisp and browned, about 40 minutes.

Arrange the potatoes on a serving platter and drizzle with the Spicy Tomato Sauce and the Allioli.

Spicy Tomato Sauce
slightly adapted from The New Spanish Table

makes about 1 3/4 cups

total time:  30 minutes

4 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
3/4 teaspoon smoked sweet paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 medium pinch red pepper flakes
1 can (14-15 oz) peeled whole plum tomatoes
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 large pinch sugar
coarse salt
Tobasco sauce

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft but not browned, 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the paprika, cumin and pepper flakes and stir for a few minutes.  Add the tomatoes with their juice plus 1/2 cup of water.  Break up the tomatoes (I use a potato masher – this makes it easy!)  Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the tomatoes have broken down, 15 to 20 minutes.  If the sauce gets too thick, add more water.  Add the vinegar and sugar.  Season to taste with salt and Tobasco sauce and remove from heat.  Let the sauce cool for a few minutes then using a blender or a food processor, puree the mixture.  Taste it again and add more salt or Tobasco if needed.  Serve the sauce at room temperature.  You can store it in a jar, with a film of olive oil on top, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Mock Allioli
from The New Spanish Table

makes just over 1 cup

1 cup store-bought mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 large cloves of garlic, crushed in a garlic press
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
coarse salt

Put the mayonnaise in a bowl and whisk in the lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and salt to taste.  Let stand for at least 2 hours for the flavors to develop.

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15 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Crisp Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Sauce

  1. Pam says:

    What a unique dish! It looks great and sounds delicious. Another recipe to add to my folder of "must make!"

  2. Vittoria says:

    This looks delish!

  3. Kim says:

    Just looking at the pictures has me wanting to dunk those potatoes in both the aioli and the tomato sauce. Wow!

  4. Kim says:

    I was wondering…have you thought about doing a rundown of your favorite cookbook of the month books at the end of the year. It would be interesting to know which books you enjoyed the most.

  5. Joanne says:

    I love having lots of small tastes of a variety of things and so tapas ALWAYS appeal to me! This dish sounds delicious. i wonder how that tomato sauce would be over pasta…

  6. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    Ooh, great snack idea. This looks so wonderfully delicious, Deborah. I love potatoes in pretty much any form, but sometimes need some inspiration for sauces to go along with them. This is perfect!

  7. Keersten says:

    Okay, my mouth is actually watering right now. I can't wait to try this, it looks amazing! (I do have a bit of a potato thing, though.)

  8. Monet says:

    Crispy potatoes with a delicious red sauce…I'm drooling too! I love the thought of serving just appetizers for a dinner party. I would be one happy girl. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Jennifurla says:

    Oh I have been looking for a tomato dipping sauce, this fits my bill. Great recipe!

  10. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That is a gorgeous combo! Those potatoes look wonderfully crispy.



  11. vanillasugar says:

    i LOVE this. most nights we eat lil bites of this and that for dinner because i love having a bite or two of everything.
    Going to try this one Deb.

  12. Tasha says:

    I can't wait to try this one. Everything about it sounds delicious! I'm a big fan of tapas, but rarely go that route at home.

  13. teresa says:

    such a fun dish! i love tapas too, and this is so unique!

    funny story, i was once telling my friends about this great tapas restaurant that we had to go try sometime. they kept looking at me funny until they finally said "oh TAPAS, we thought you said topless!" lol!

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  15. brannyboilsover.com says:

    Deb, this looks really great!

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