Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Little Foodies Spain

One of my favourite vegetable dishes is

Patatas Pobres / Poor Man's Potatoes
It's simply potatoes, garlic and olive oil
Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6
Peel and thinly slice 3 large potatoes
Peel and crush 2-3 cloves of garlic (you can use more or less)
A cup of olive oil
Mix the oil with the garlic and in an ovenproof dish layer the thinly sliced potato with the garlic and olive oil. Pop it in the oven for about half an hour. It may need longer, just check that the potatoes are cooked through. You can also fry it but I prefer the taste when it's done in the oven. The garlic seems to stay soft and like I said I think the taste is better.

Edit: Please note: I cooked this in a large shallow ovenproof dish, if you stack the potatoes high, it will require a longer cooking time.

Also you can cook this with a lot less oil. If I'm being really good I mix a lot less oil with the garlic and use a pastry brush to get it on the potatoes.

And... I start it off without tinfoil but if it starts to brown too much I cover it with foil.

We had this with lamb chops and veg from the garden the other evening. Delicious!

26 comments:

Asha said...

Potatoes,salt and garlic, yum! I don't need anything else!:D

Joanna said...

Sounds good to me ...

Joanna

Deborah said...

Sounds like such a simple, wonderful side dish!!

Janet said...

That looks delicious! A cup of oil! Wow, but I bet they're good....

Kelly Mahoney said...

Mmmm, potatoes. Another great twist on my favorite starch. I'd love to go to Spain one day, it sounds fabulous.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Asha, can't go wrong with potatoes.

Joanna, whenever I type something with that much oil or fat laden foods I always feel like adding wouldn't be good for Joanna's household.

Deborah, it's really good and if done in the oven so easy to prepare.

Janet, they are! if I could spell unqcious - I would! :)

Kelly, we love potatoes too! Spain is wonderful. I never wanted to go but then got together with my husband who grew up in Spain and that all changed!

Thanks for your comments.
Amanda x

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Janet, what do you know, I google and it's spelled - UNCIOUS....

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Fwooor! I really shouldn't come and visit your site in the evenings when I'm a bit peckish...

did you have to cover with tinfoil to prevent browning? My mad french oven would burn this without tinfoil, i'm sure of it.
Pigx

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Pig. You can make them using a lot less oil, I just like the way it all melds together if you do use a lot of oil. If I'm being super good I mix the oil with the garlic and then use a pastry brush to spread it on the potatoes.

I start them off without covering and if they're browning too much I cover with foil.

Amanda

Kelly-Jane said...

Sounds delicious, and looks good too :)

veron said...

Well there's nothing poor in this. Potatoes and garlic - you can never go wrong with that.

Nora B. said...

I made oven baked fries in a similar way. I will slice the potatoes thinly and try your method next time for a change.

Pat said...

Sounds Yummy Amanda, Think I might try the brushing tip.

Marie said...

I love potatoes in any way shape or form, and these definitely look delicious!
Marie
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Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Kelly-Jane, Veron, Nora, Pat and
Marie,

Thank you, they are really good but probably not the most slimming dish in the world... The brushing technique makes you feel slightly better if you're watching your weight.

Amanda x

Anonymous said...

This sounds just my kind of dish,
new season lamb with garden potatoes, garlic and olive oil.
just delicious, will cook this tonight i think.
Mxxdxxxxx

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Mum, you'd love it. A x

Sara said...

Is there anything better than roasted potatos? I don' think so...

Rose said...

Simple yet so satisfying! Love lamb and potato together.

Cynthia said...

I love potatoes, Amanda and whenever I see a recipe as simple and tasty as yours, you bet I am going to make it. I think I'll make some of the potatoes tomorrow evening... don't know if I'll get any fresh lamb.

Cynthia said...

Of course I am not going to use a cup of oil (lol)

joey said...

Sounds like a great side dish...and so simple too! :) Loving your Spain series!

Truffle said...

Sounds like the perfect dinner. Just lovely!

Cottage Smallholder said...

These look wonderful. I am going to try these tonight. Thanks for the inspiration.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I need 3 potatoes . . .
This will be in my oven tonight!

Naomi Devlin said...

This is Nick's favourite dish when we go to Spain although I've usually seen it called patatas a lo pobre and served with piquillo peppers fried slowly in olive oil, often with an egg stirred through at the end. Highly oily and requiring a big green salad to follow - something the spanish could use a few tips on! However, when you've spent all morning toiling up an Andalucian mountain with a toddler strapped to your back, this kind of calorific lunch is highly appreciated.

Like the look of your simpler and most importantly less oily version, for those days when one isn't heading up a mountain....

x x x

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