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Patatas Viudas

Widowed Potatoes

Patatas viudas or "widowed potatoes" is a classic peasant Castilian dish consisting of, well, potatoes. Indeed the potatoes have been "widowed" because there is no meat at all in the dish, it's just potatoes mixed with a sofrito of onions, garlic and parsley with some paprika added as a twist. That's it, a simple, peasant, non-pretentious dish - but one that is quite satisfying. Castilian peasants ate it as a main meal, probably with a bit more water than the recipe below calls for, but I served it as a side and it probably works best like that.

Patatas Viudas


  • 4 potatoes
  • salt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. minced parsley
  • 1 laurel leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika


Peel and cut the potatoes into 3/4" chunks. Fill a cooking pot with water, add salt and the potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the onion, garlic, parsley and bay leaf. Mix well and saute for 2 minutes. Bring down the heat to very low, cover and cook for 10 more minutes. Add paprika and mix.

Once the potatoes are done, drain reserving 1/3 cup of the water. Add potatoes and reserved water to the onion mixture, mix and cook for a few minutes until the flavors have blended. Season with salt, if necessary, and serve.

Adapted from Penelope Casas' Delicioso! The regional cooking of Spain.

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