I can’t think of a more versatile ingredient than the humble potato. You can buy a bag of potatoes to keep in your kitchen for a week or two, and there are endless possibilities to turn them into delicious recipes.
Keeping that in mind, we’re going to explore three brilliant potato recipes from around the world. All three of these options can be used as a side dish for different meals, so why don’t you check them out and give them a try next time you need an easy side dish.
We kick things off with a recipe from Spain, which is commonly served with other small plates as part of tapas. It’s equally good to have with some grilled chicken. really love them with chimichurri steak and Spanish rice.
Essentially, patatas bravas involves cubing up your potatoes and parboiling them in water. While you do that, you make a sauce using chopped tomatoes, garlic, onion, chili, carrot, vinegar, and thyme. Reduce this down until it’s nice and thick, then fry your potato chunks in a separate pan with some sweet paprika and rosemary. Mix them into your sauce and you’re ready to serve!
Sticking with the Latin theme, these crispy Mexican potatoes are the perfect side for fajitas or enchiladas. They are super easy for you to make – the main ingredient is a selection of baby potatoes, cut in half. Everything else should already exist in your store cupboard; pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and parmesan.
All you have to do is mix all of the spices together with the potatoes in a bowl. Keep the parmesan separate as you will dunk them into the cheese before placing them on a baking tray. Bake in the oven until the potatoes are tender and you have yourself some crispy roasted Mexican potatoes. They go very well with sour cream as a dip – or even think about sprinkling feta cheese on top.
Salt & Pepper Fries
Salt & Pepper Fries is a side dish you may have seen in Chinese restaurants. You can use handcut fries or you could also start with a bag of frozen fries. Coat them in Chinese five-spice seasoning before baking in the oven.
While this happens, chop up a bell pepper with some chili, onion, and garlic. Add to a pan with oil and a splash of soy sauce. Sprinkle over a bit more Chinese five-spice and stir fry until everything is soft and smells delicious. When the fries are cooked, add them to the pan and fry everything together for a bit. Add in a sprinkling of pepper at this point, and finish with some salt. Serve with your favorite Chinese or Asian-inspired food!
Normal fries or baked potatoes are still very lovely, but sometimes you want to add a twist to things. These three delicious recipes from around the world take the humble potato and prove that it can be turned into something that’s absolutely packed full of flavors.