Unless you're Spanish, you're probably wondering what the hell I'm talking about. I'm talking about one of Spain's most famous tapas dishes Patatas Bravas or translated as "fierce" or "brave" potatoes. This dish is often eaten at Spain's famous tapas bars as one of a selection of small dishes. It's simply boiled, then fried, quartered potatoes and then smothered in a fiery tomato sauce. This kind of dish would be wonderful served as an appetiser at a party or as a side at a barbecue.
The 'fiery' tomato sauce is quite easy to make but if you have a jar of store bought or home made salsa in the fridge, you can have this dish made in no time. This little piggy went to market on Sunday and bought some 'fiery' spicy tomato salsa and it was just perfect to top some leftover cubed potatoes I had in the fridge. I also topped it with some sliced garlic stuffed green olives I picked up from the market. I tell you, I wreaked of garlic on Sunday night.
Here's a great story and recipe from the UK newspaper The Guardian with quite a few variations on the recipe but for a quick Sunday night meal or something quick to throw together if company arrives, you can't go past cubed, fried potatoes topped with your favourite salsa. This just proves my point that there are so many simple, cheap, quick, frugal food ideas from all parts of the world.
Some pictures from my market trip.