Sunday, 1 June 2014

Globe-cooking recipe : Patatas a lo pobre (poor man's potatoes)

I stumbled across a mention for Patatas a lo pobre (poor man's potatoes) in an old magazine so I decided to have a quick look on google to see what it was. It's a Spanish dish that is very quick and simple to throw together and which would go really well with most meat or fish dishes. 

Patatas a lo pobre (poor man's potatoes)


2 large onions, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 large potatoes, diced (no need to peel them)
1 large green pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
2 tbsp vinegar (sherry vinegar to be authentically Spanish but I used white wine vinegar)
100ml olive oil
1/2tsp sea salt 
1tbsp freshly ground black pepper
2tbsp smoked paprika
1tbsp garlic granules
1tbsp Spanish seasoning

Put the chopped vegetables (onion, garlic, potatoes and green pepper) in a large bowl. Throw in all the spices and vinegar and mix until it's all evenly coated in spices.

Put the olive oil in a large pan - make sure there's enough to coat the bottom of the pan to help prevent the potatoes sticking. Heat the oil thenpour in the vegetables. Cook over a moderate heat for 20 minutes, stirring and scraping the potatoes off the bottom when they start to stick, until the potatoes are soft and totally cooked through.

I served mine with Turkish Kofte Meatballs - click through to see that recipe.

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  1. I have some potatoes to use up so I'm going to give this a go tomorrow, or at least something similar depending on the spices we have in! I'm also going to try just sticking some veggie mince in the same pan!

    Sharon xx
    Beauty, Miscellany

  2. This does look good - what would you class as "Spanish Seasoning" though? Is it a preprepared mix? Sounds good with the veggie mince too as 11 year old is refusing meat at the moment ! x

    1. I used the Schwartz Perfect Shake Spanish seasoning mix because I had some ( but you could use whatever you have - smoked paprika, oregano, garlic pepper would all work well.

  3. Pam Francis Gregory2 June 2014 at 19:47

    This looks like a great alternative to the normal way I cook potatoes - Will be giving it a go.

  4. Ooh - that sounds good but it will have to wait a while for me to cook it as at the moment I am just starting to harvest new potatoes and the only way to eat them is boiled with a sprig of mint - simply divine!

  5. Ala pobre is always my fave! #TastyTuesdays

  6. Oh, this sound really tasty, I'm going to try this one :) #TastyTuesdays

  7. Oh so delicious, will have to make this! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  8. I love any and every potato dish and this sounds like a fab one! Pinning it now to try later. #TastyTuesdays

  9. Lovely potato dish and so easy to do. Oh, I still have some Spanish sherry vinegar in my pantry.

  10. What a fabulous way to spice up potatoes. Love it! A perfect entry for this month's #TheSpiceTrail challenge. Thanks for linking up.