Loaded potato skins with chorizo, melted cheese and bravas sauce. It’s where our beloved potato skins and Spanish patatas bravas meet!
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It probably won’t come as a complete surprise to you that I am a huge potato lover! I love potatoes cooked in every way possible. I love eating them whether they are just boiled and salted or a bit more dressed up!
Every time we travel and I get a chance to see how they cook potatoes in that particular country, I bring a recipe home. Some of them get cooked once and forgotten but others become our favourites.
Spanish patatas bravas is one of them, a firm staple among other Spanish tapas. Bravas sauce is incredibly versatile and fun to experiment with, which is how I came up with the idea of adding it to potato skins!
Now let’s talk about potato skins. I get that they sound a bit retro but in reality they are just due for rediscover and reinvention!
Certain party foods like nachos and potato skins should never ever go out of style. Let’s infuse them with new, fresher, more interesting flavours and keep eating them because they are AMAZING and always disappear first!
It’s important to choose the right potato when making potato skins. Choose a variety with a soft, flowery texture and robust skins.
There are a number of potatoes that can work, depending what is available in your areas. The best type for this use are russet potatoes, but there are other options such as King Edward or Vivaldi.
If you are not familiar with Bravas sauce, you absolutely need to get on it asap! Bravas means means “fierce” in Spanish, which is a great choice as the taste of it is like no other.
It’s sweet from ripe tomatoes and slightly tangy from red wine vinegar and spicy from chillies. Perfectly balanced and a lovely accompaniment for your vegetables, meat or even fish.
We have a lot more finger-food recipes perfect for any gathering in our starter category. These potato skins would be a perfect addition to any party spread, especially alongside Hot Crab and Roasted Corn Dip, Maple Whiskey Baked Brie with Walnuts, and Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers!
Or you can throw a Wine and Tapas Party and include these instead of the famous patatas bravas!
So throw a party and enjoy these loaded potato skins!!
- 5 potatoes medium or small
- 10 cured chorizo slices chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 50g/5oz Manchego or Cheddar cheese grated
- micro herbs optional
For the bravas sauce
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic sliced
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme you can also use dried thyme
- 400g/14oz canned chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bake potatoes with skin on for 30 minutes at 180C/350F.
- While the potatoes are cooking make the Bravas sauce. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan and cook chopped onions and sliced garlic over low heat for 5 minutes. Add smoked paprika and thyme (leaves only) and cook 30 seconds longer.
- Pour in canned chopped tomatoes, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper, turn the heat up and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down and let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes until it’s thick. When you are satisfied with the thickness of the sauce take it off the heat, pour it in a food processor or a blender and blend until smooth and set aside.
- Once potatoes are cooled enough to handle cut them lengthwise and scoop out the flesh. Brush the skins with olive oil.
- Fill the skins with the chopped chorizo equally divided among 10 potato skins and sprinkle with grated cheese. Put back in the oven and cook for 10 min at 200C/400f until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
- Serve sprinkled with parsley and micro herbs and bravas sauce for dipping.