I am beguiled by Patatas Bravas. I just love potatoes
[think I have some Irish in me] and along comes Nina Timm who, forgive the pun, makes a meal of it. This recipe has a number of my favourite components, potatoes [obviously], sausage [about which I am berserk] and smoked paprika. Very Spanish, the smoked paprika, and the sweet one, is my favourite. This dish is packed with flavour. Nina knows how to do this. Much depends on the sausages, so get the best you can.
Sausage Patatas Bravas
500 gr good quality sausage
about 1 large potato per person – peeled and cut into big chunks
1 large onion – peeled, but keep it whole
1 onion – sliced
5 whole cloves
1-2 t smoked paprika
3 cloves garlic
2 T tomato paste
salt and pepper
1 chopped chili – optional.
little water if needed.
1 t sugar
Press the cloves into 1 onion and place the onion, potatoes and salt in a pot with some water. Cook the potatoes until soft, but not mushy. Heat some olive oil in a pan and fry the sausage until browned on both sides, remove from pan and keep warm. Now add the onion, garlic and paprika to the same pan and fry onion until it is soft. When the potatoes are cooked but not mushy, drain and add potatoes to the pan with the onion. Lower the heat and let the potatoes caramelize. Add a little water if needed. Finally add the tomato paste and sugar and season well. Cut the sausage in smaller pieces and add to the pan. Let the flavours just marry for a while and then sprinkle with fresh herbs and enjoy as a light meal.
Nina Timm has become a popular household name in South Africa and apart from her passion for cooking, her heart is with people. In 2012 she received the Blogger of the Year Award from Eat In Magazine and has not looked back since. She understands what her readers want. She and her family live an unpretentious lifestyle with love in abundance and a deep-rooted belief in God. With her warm and heartfelt nature she has become a loyal and trusted radio personality to RSG listeners, where she has a weekly show every Thursday Morning just after 9, featuring her own recipes and those of other South African Food Bloggers.