Patatas a Lo Pobre – Poor Man’s Potato is such a simple authentic Spanish tapas dish packed with fresh flavours. It can equally be used as a side order to add to a main meal for those a little more hungry. As an economical vegetarian dish, this should be popular with the students among you.
Make sure to season it well to bring the flavours to life and as it works equally well eaten hot or cold it can be made in a larger batch ready for the fridge raiders! There are many recipes out there all nice and simple so here goes…
- 150ml olive oil
- 3 onions, sliced
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 3 green peppers, halved, deseeded and chopped
- 3 bay leaves
- 800g potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
- a handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
In a large, thick-based pan, heat half the olive oil. add the onion and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes until golden and soft. Add the garlic, green peppers and bay leaves and some seasoning and continue to cook for another 10-15 minutes. Now add the remainder of the oil and, when it’s hot, the potatoes. Cook gently for another 20 minutes or so until the potatoes are soft. drain off the excess oil, top with parsley and serve as an accompaniment to roast lamb or pork.