Patatas Revolconas

One of the finest things about holidaying in Spain is the fact that tapas is served, free of charge, with almost any drink you buy. The larger and more expensive the drink, the better the tapas will be. Buy a couple of beers (cervezas) for €3 and you may find yourself with a small plate of jamón ibérico. However, indulge in a gin-tonic or slightly larger cerveza and a plate of paella or patatas revolconas may be discovered beside one’s chosen beverage. For a food-blogger, the prospect of being given free food with an already inexpensive drink is almost overwhelming, the only down side being that one may end up consuming a little too much alcohol… but who cares? It’s a holiday! So, if you wish to recreate the Spanish ideal of relaxing in the sun, drinking a little more than usual and eating delicious food, which for some inexplicable reason was free, it’s probably best that you make this. Though I refuse to be blamed for any side-effects that may arise as a result of such indulgence… you acted of your own volition.

Whilst in Navalmoral we made rather good friends with our local barkeep, though we’re all equally unsure of his name. He spoke only a smattering of English, but he was able to explain that this dish is ‘typically Spanish’, a term which came into vogue immediately. Unsurprisingly, he wasn’t wrong; I’ve never tasted anything quite as Spanish as this, the paprika content speaks for itself. This recipe stays almost exactly true to the taste of the original; somehow I stumbled across the correct flavour. The only misdemeanour enacted against what is considered ‘typically Spanish’ was the removal of pork crackling from the top. Instead, it’s rather a nice touch to garnish this dish with some mixed chopped herbs in order that it appeals to vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

*Before I forget, there have been a couple of developments within the FrugalFeeding network; if you glance and the sidebar you’ll notice some lovely new social-networking icons. As you can see, I have added a new icon to the triumvirate that was Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. If one decides to click on this new icon, an action which I fully endorse, it will take you to my Flickr page which was created so that you could all take a wee glance at my more general photography.*

Patatas Revolconas

Serves 4


• 750g potatoes, any mashing potato will do

• 200ml water saved from boiling the potatoes

• 2 tbsp smoked paprika

• 1 tsp hot paprika

• 5 cloves of garlic, mashed

• 3 tbsp olive oil

• Salt and pepper

• A chopped herb of your choosing, chives would be nice


1. Peel, halve and boil your potatoes in enough salted water to cover them. Cook until tender, this should take around 15 minutes – save the water. Meanwhile prepare your other ingredients by toasting the garlic in the oil, before stirring in the two types of paprika. Remove everything from the heat.

2. Mash the potatoes together with 200ml of the starchy water. When the mash is relatively smooth, stir in the paprika, garlic and oil and season to taste. Serve in a large bowl with a herb garnish. It’s delicious alone, or as part of a larger meal.

Cost: My favourite sort of food is that which is simple, inexpensive and tasty and luckily this particular dish fits precisely into each of those categories – it is simply a joy to behold. Indeed, the entire portion should set one back roughly £1.40. This is truly a bargain.


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77 comments on “Patatas Revolconas

  1. ceciliag
    September 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I love the idea of tapas too, so civilised with those little portions, this looks wonderful.. c

    • frugalfeeding
      September 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks, Cecilia! The portions aren’t always so little 😀

      • ceciliag
        September 5, 2012 at 2:05 am

        I was at the wrong tapas bars apparently! damn.. c

        • frugalfeeding
          September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

          OH no! You need to get yourself to the ones that look a bit rustic around the edges…

          • ceciliag
            September 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

            ah, i shall next time.. sometimes a little local knowledge helps, to find the best places too. c

          • frugalfeeding
            September 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

            We had some great local knowledge… though where we were there were only three local places 😀

  2. stirandstitch
    September 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    mmm, i approve of the heady measure of smoked paprika! i can just imagine how wonderful this dish tastes.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      The more the better… one of my favourite ingredients!

  3. mindyourfoods
    September 4, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    It looks delicious!!! And what a nice thing to blog about – And love the look of your blog too. Im just starting out blogging my self 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Thanks! I’m glad you like my blog so much – please come back as often as possible :D. Good luck with your blogging exploits.

  4. spree
    September 4, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    With delectable tapas and other savory dishes like this, there’s more than ample incentive to linger too long at the stool and wobble on home. Very nice, very frugal and obviously very tasty! Good ‘un, Nick!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      Exactly, and wobble I did… then again, I always wobble :D. Thanks, Spree 😀

  5. Bluejellybeans
    September 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm


  6. Kiran
    September 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    What a tasty bargain!

  7. Promenade Claire
    September 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Loving the simplicity of this tapas dish. Easy to recreate and how civilised to have food served while you sip and sup

    • frugalfeeding
      September 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks, Claire! Very civilised indeed and most satisfactory too!

  8. bloglovetherapy
    September 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Yum. It’s funny how just a picture can make me hungry! Def. have to try this out. Thanks for sharing

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

      I very much hope you enjoy it. That’s the problem with food-blogging – one’s always tempted to eat…

  9. Conor Bofin
    September 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Lovely stuff. It’s hard to get off a bar stool in Spain when they keep bringing tasty food with the drink.

  10. silverbells2012
    September 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I think this would be very nice with pork crackling (or herbs)!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      IT was delicious with pork crackling… but I always feel bad after eating them…

  11. Emma @ Sweet Mabel
    September 4, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Mmm lovely. I’m going to Madrid in a few weeks for lots of tapas and wine. I cannot wait!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

      OH awesome – enjoy, it’s such a fabulous city… see if you can find the sangria basement…

  12. Juls
    September 4, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Firstly, free food with drinks is something that should be endorsed here. Perhaps as some kind of health reason – lining one’s stomach before a drink maybe? It would save me having to fork out £1.50 for a bag of sodding crisps.
    Secondly, I am saddened to see neither a goat nor a cow or, indeed, any animals. You need a cat. You sound like a cat man.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 4, 2012 at 11:46 pm

      I completely agree! Where do you buy crisps that cost £1.50?! Look at my Flickr page – there’a caterpillar… I like cats… but I like spaniels more.

      • Juls
        September 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

        I live in an extortionate town in Surrey. On the plus side, this means when I finally move away, everything is going to seem like a bargain!

        • frugalfeeding
          September 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

          Ahha! Indeed it will! Then again, most thing are expensive everywhere these days…

  13. alternative eating
    September 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Sounds, and looks delicious 🙂

  14. Aimee@clevermuffin
    September 5, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Looks delish! I always saw it as responsible alcohol service in a way… have a drink.. have some food. And stay longer… this looks simple and delicious. I love paprika.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Thanks, Aimee! definitely responsible… but it can be dangerous, especially when each shot of gin is 4 times what it is in Britain, for half the cost… Paprika is amazing…

      • Aimee@clevermuffin
        September 5, 2012 at 12:26 am

        and don’t forget the ‘free pouring’ as oppose to measured out shots. iiieee!

  15. Korena in the Kitchen
    September 5, 2012 at 1:04 am

    The smoked paprika is making my mouth water. Would this just be eaten off a spoon, or spread on something?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Either, it’s great on its own or with bread… smoked paprika is amazing…

  16. The Literate Chef
    September 5, 2012 at 1:52 am


  17. Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy
    September 5, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Oh I do love tapas. And I love everything about this post, the photos, the spirit, the recipe, and the price!

  18. baconbiscuit212
    September 5, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I am loving the photos! The picture of garlic and paprika is beautiful. You have a great eye, Nick!

    I love eating in Spain too. Er, make that drinking. I love drinking in Spain. And I really love how the Spanish love to feed drinkers 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Thanks, Daisy! Which one? My left or right? It’s a dangerous circle!

  19. missmundinger
    September 5, 2012 at 7:06 am

    nice recipe and nice to see someone featuring a different kind of tapas recipe. in Greece they have a similar dish called Skorfalia. It is eaten with grilled fish or grilled peppers.
    Really enjoyed this post and will be making a tapas dinner tonight!!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Thanks for the heads up, I’ll have to check it out! I hope your tapas turns out as well as mine did – I’m sure it will.

  20. Bam's Kitchen
    September 5, 2012 at 8:53 am

    The nicer the drink the nicer the free tapas. Hey I am all about that! with Tapas like this who needs dinner….I have never had the paptas and am booking your page for a later time as this sounds wonderful.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Indeed. You should definitely try it! It really is like that, if one has enough drinks one gets a full dinner too.

  21. Claire Sambolino
    September 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    As ever with your dishes it looks delicious! If you’re a fan of tapas and paella can I also recommend run by Nick Blythe, a complete Spain-o-phile (or whatever the technical term is!) and more importantly great chef with lots of delicious tapas recipes.

  22. Márcia Gonçalves
    September 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I am quite familiar with Spanish cuisine but I never tried Patatas revolconas 🙂 Thanks for sharing, it looks really good!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Oh you really must – it’s so delicious.

  23. Michelle moss
    September 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I am in Holland so have no idea where to get smoked paprika from? Unless I go back to Spain ….

  24. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    September 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Spicy mash potato? I could eat that with a spoon! Love your travel pics too – have you discovered instagram yet? I’m on there.. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      You totally could, I did, Celia! I just signed up today – add me! FrugalFeeding :D… I’ve not taken any photos yet…

  25. susiemaeday
    September 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Looks like I need to go to Spain–gin and tonic is my drink of choice and food is my favorite thing! This looks positively delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      You really do in that case! You’d be well catered for.

  26. accordingtocarey
    September 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Fascinating dish!!

  27. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    September 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve got some spiced paprika on hand.. but not the hot paprika, that requires a trip to Inglewood and my spice merchants. I’d be thrilled to take that trip so that I can try this dish! I’m so in need of new flavorful recipes.. thankfully you were in Spain for us, frugal!! What would you serve this with?? (besides the beer) Have you planned a series of tapas for us.. I certainly hope so!!! Perhaps we should consider sending you off to another country soon as well.. just think of what you’d bring back for us:D

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      You could just use cayenne pepper or something. Haha – yes, I went to Spain not for myself, but for my readers :D. You could serve it on its own, with bread or other sorts of tapas. There’ll certainly be more recipe to follow, yes! At least two more I think.

  28. Karista
    September 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I adore smoked paprika and can’t wait to use it in this recipe! Fantastic recipe Frugal!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Isn’t it utterly amazing? One of the best spices out there. I’m glad you like it, Karista!

  29. cityhippyfarmgirl
    September 9, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Yum! A little tapas never goes astray.

  30. Somer
    September 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know enough about Spanish cuisine to know what this dish was until clicking on your post. Thanks for the reveal, I’m really going to make this dish. I adore paprika, especially the smoked variety and mashed potatoes may very well be one of my favorite foods ever. It’s like a perfect marriage!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

      tut, tut, Somer! Haha. I didn’t know what it was until recently… I just know you’ll love it!

  31. lapetitebaker
    September 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

    This looks lovely! Paprika is my favorite spice and it looks as if it is used plenty in this dish.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks! It’s certainly in my top 5. I always use plenty 😀

  32. crisgzr
    September 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    oh oh oh, free food with drinks… I might be able to tear gaming husband away from computer with this lure!

  33. marymtf
    September 22, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Picture this! A family gathering and I’m to bring the vegetables. Lacking imagination I check out my old recepe books for inspiration. I’m adding Patatas Revolconas to my repertoire. PS. what is 1 pound forty in Aus dollars?

    • frugalfeeding
      September 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Hehe – You should, patatas revolconas is delicious. According to Google, it is $2.20.

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