I get star-struck around chefs the way other people get around celebrities from their favorite TV shows. When I met Jose Andres at South Beach Food and Wine, I couldn’t even put into words how excited I was. I’m so inspired by him and his techniques, recipes, and electric personality. When putting together my Tapas Party menu, I knew I had to include the quintessential tapas dish: patatas bravas. I also knew the only person I could turn to for a recipe is none other than the man who spearheaded tapas in America — Jose Andres!
As I was making the sauce and aioli, I was extremely nervous. This is a lot to live up to, and I wanted everything to be perfect. The only thing I did differently was roast the potatoes instead of frying them, but those sauces…I followed Chef Andres to a T. And guess what? Both were PERFECT. Not only did the taste-testers before the party approve, but all the guests did too. I was ecstatic. I made a Jose Andres recipe and people actually ate it! Yay!
adapted from Olive Oil from Spain and Jose Andres
For the potatoes
2 tsp sugar
1 bay leaf
1 tsp Spanish paprika
1 pinch cayenne pepper
For the aioli
1 cup Spanish extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 Tbs. Spanish Sherry vinegar or lemon juice
Salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss potatoes in olive oil, salt and pepper and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned and crispy.
To make the aioli, break the egg into a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and the garlic cloves, along with the vinegar or lemon juice.
Use a hand blender to mix at high speed until the garlic is fully pureed into a loose paste. Little by little, add what’s left of the olive oil while blending.
To serve, spoon brava sauce onto a plate and top with 3-4 potato cubes. Drizzle the aioli over top.