Sunday, February 26, 2012

Patatas a lo Pobre (Poor Man's Potatoes)

Poor Man’s Potatoes is just about the simplest dish you will ever come across. A few basic items chopped up and fried in olive oil with a bit of salt is the recipe for a lot of fantastic dishes and this one tops the list. I like to eat these with ajo-aceite (garlic mayonnaise). I have become increasingly interested in this humble dish after being charged 8€ for a small plate of patatas a lo pobre in a restaurant, an 8€ irony that wasn't lost on me.

Ingredients for Patatas a lo Pobre

  • 4 Potatoes,
  • 3 Onions,
  • 1 Red Pepper,
  • 1 Green Pepper,
  • 3 Cloves Garlic,
  • 2 Teaspoons Vinegar
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Olive Oil and salt.

Preparation: Peel the potatoes and cut into thick slices. Chop the onion and peppers into strips. Chop the garlic finely. Fry the onion and peppers in the oil for about5-8 minutes uncovered. Add the slices potato and cover the dish. Stir frequently and cook until the potatoes are soft and browned just a bit.  Add the garlic the last few minutes.  Salt to taste. Drain the excess oil and toss the dish with the chopped parsley. Sever with a fried egg on top.

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