Recipe – Spanish poor man’s potato dish

(poor man’s potatoes) and meat/bean variation

This is a simple, classic, southern Spanish recipe, a great supper dish with pan con tomate (I will post the recipe for that tomorrow). We all love this dish. It can be an accompaniment to a piece of fish or meat, but can be a meal in itself.

150ml quality, extra virgin olive oil (preferably fresh Mother’s Garden! oil)
3 large onions, Spanish variety if possible, thinly sliced
5 cloves of garlic, thickly sliced
3 peppers, red or green or mixed, cut in half, deseeded and cut into chunks
5 fresh bay leaves
2lbs (1kg) potatoes, a  firm and waxy variety. Taste better with skins on if you know they are untreated
Ground sea salt and black pepper

Pour a third of the oil into a large, deep frying pan or saucepan. When oil is hot add the onion and a little salt. Cook onions slowly, turning down the heat if necessary (up to 20 minutes), stirring occasionally until sweet and golden.
Add garlic, bay leaves and peppers and cook for further 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile cut the potatoes into wedge shapes.
When the peppers have softened, add the remaining oil and, when hot, add the potatoes.  Sometimes I add a small amount of water if it is beginning to stick. (Or you can use more oil which can be drained off when the potatoes are cooked, and kept for later use in another dish.)
Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for another 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Season with pepper and extra salt if really necessary.

Follow the same procedure, but substituting sliced green runner beans or flat beans for the potatoes. Add slices of botifarra (similar to black pudding), or chunks of quality cooked sausages, at the same time as the peppers etc. Botifarra does not take as long to cook as normal sausages, so if you are using raw sausages add them at the same time as the onions.
Less oil is required in this recipe, and I use a little more water as required.


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2 responses to Recipe – Spanish poor man’s potato dish

  1. Chris Platt - France

    So nice to catch up from time to time with your website – still inspirational. Have passed on your website details to a friend who has bought a farm with olive trees in Portugal and she may well be in touch. Keep up the good work. My how those children have grown since NO GOING BACK came out – watch it quite often. Thanks again. Christine
    PS recipes are great.

  2. Martin Kirby Post Author

    Thanks so much for that, Chris. We try. And, yes, the children are growing fast. All best wishes to you and yours.

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