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Poor Man’s Potatoes - Patatas a lo Pobre

This Spanish Tapas recipe for Poor Man’s Potatoes (Patatas a lo Pobre) comes from Chef Ewa of Finca Alta Cocina, a wonderful newly opened country house in Southern Spain with its own cookery school, swimming pool and six acres of grounds offering relaxing holidays and superb food, with or without cooking classes.

Finca Alta Cocina

Finca Alta Cocina, located in one of the sunniest parts of Spain, comprises two houses and is in delightful countryside close to Algodonales in Andalucia. It provides first-class but affordable bed and breakfast accommodation at the heart of a beautiful area where you can go bird watching, wildlife spotting, walking, horse riding, cycling, hot-air ballooning or simply relax by the pool.

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Ingredients for Poor Man’s Potatoes

300ml olive oil
3 Spanish onions, thinly sliced
5 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
1 kg potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
3 green peppers, seeded and roughly chopped
4 bay leaves
Salt, pepper

How to make Poor Man’s Potatoes

  • Heat 5 tablespoons of oil in a large sauté pan or a wok, when hot add the onions, lower the heat and cook the onions slowly stirring from time to time.
  • When the onions turn soft and slightly brown add the garlic, pepper and bay leaves and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes, salt and the remaining oil.
  • Let everything simmer gently for another 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
  • Drain the excess oil (reserve it for another time e.g. making tortilla) and serve.

Serves 4

Chef Ewa