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Hearty Patatas Riojana for media noche

Dec 01

Patatas Riojana

What do you usually prepare for noche buena? I know some households cook the usual arroz caldo or sopas. Chef Fernando “Fern” Aracama shares Patatas Riojana which he learned when he recently visited Spain. ” It is a relatively simple soup that has chunks of potatoes, fresh Spanish chorizo sausages, onion, garlic and Spanish paprika. This is guaranteed to be a brothy and filling dish that will warm you during the chilly night of Christmas Eve.

The best thing about this recipe is its simplicity. Everything is cooked in one pot, and can be done in under 30 minutes. However the cutting and preparation takes around thirty minutes. Remember, the potato should be slightly mushy. You will certainly love each chunk of potato with its sweet, smoky aroma from the Spanish chorizo.

Patatas Riojana ingredients

3 tbsps. Olive oil
1/3 cup chopped white onions
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
2 pcs chorizo , sliced 1-inch pieces (buy from Alba, steam first , chill then slice, )
1 tbsp paprika (smoked paprika or pimentón which you can buy in gourmet stores)
2 pcs. Bay leaf
¼ cup white wine (dry)
600 grams potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks (1 to 1 1/2 inch chunks)
1.5 liters flavorful chicken stock, bring to a summer separately
1 tsp ground white paper
to taste – sea salt

Patatas Riojana cooking

1. In a pot, warm the olive oil and add the onions. Cook over medium heat until the onions are soft. Add the garlic and the chorizos. Render some of the fat from the chorizos.

2. Add the paprika and bay leaf. Cook for a few moments and then add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook until the potatoes are done

3. Taste and adjust seasoning. Lightly mash the potatoes with a ladle. This will add texture to the soup.

4. Serve hot.

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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