Potatoes fried in virgin olive oil at home are a delicious dish that cannot compare to any fried potatoes at a restaurant. Learn how the Spanish prepare this very typical and flavorful side dish, which is known as papayas frets, to eat with almost any main course in Spanish cuisine. Try this patacas fries recipe and whip up something delicious and easy to enjoy, whether it is a side dish, a snack or a meal on its own. Potatoes combine with salt in a crispy, fried potato dish that tastes unforgettable.
Potatoes go into many dishes in Spanish cuisines, such as Spanish potato tortillas, Spanish patatas bravas, Spanish boiled potatoes, or Spanish chicken and potatoes.
More About Potatoes
Let's talk about potatoes, shall we? They are versatile and a great component to just about any meal. Here are a few more things you may not know about potatoes.
- Potatoes are grown in all 50 states of the U.S.
- They have been around for a long time -- they are said to have originated in South America about 4,000 years ago.
- Potatoes were the first vegetable grown in space.
- If you don't leave all the skin on the potato, it doesn't lose all of its nutritional value. It includes 80 percent of water.
- The veggies are considered one of the top most important crops behind rice, wheat, and corn.
- Each year, the average American consumes about 140 pounds of potatoes. But Germans outdo Americans, as they eat a whopping 200 pounds of potatoes each year -- per person!
- Potatoes are also used to brew alcoholic beverages including vodka, pitcher or akvavit.
- They are sodium-free and have just 110 calories -- they're a fit food!
- The largest potato ever weighed 18 pounds and 4 ounces
- Thomas Jefferson was the first person to serve French fries at a presidential dinner event.
- Load up on potatoes -- they have about 45 percent of the daily value of vitamin C.
- They have more potassium than bananas, broccoli or spinach. They are full of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, and zinc.
- They had one of the first groups to use the U.S. Food and Drug Administration nutrition label.
- Potatoes do not contain any gluten, so they're ideal for gluten-free eaters.
- Potatoes are vegetables that contain plenty of starch. They are similar to bread, rice, and pasta when it comes to nutrition.
- The word potato originates from the Spanish word pasta.
- 6 to 7 potatoes (medium)
- Spanish virgin olive oil for frying
- Salt (to taste)
- Peel all of the potatoes. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Slice each half lengthwise into "French-style" potatoes.
- Salt the potatoes and toss to season evenly.
- Pour oil into a large, open frying pan. The oil should be about 1-inch deep in the pan.
- Heat the oil on medium-high heat. Place all potatoes in the pan and fry them until they are golden brown -- or at least until the edges are a golden brown color.
- Remove the potatoes with a slotted spatula and allow to drain before serving.