Food can tell a lot of stories about a country, the region where it’s made, and even the people making it. Whether you are enjoying your hamburger in New York, nasi goreng (fried rice) in Jakarta, or a warm bowl of pot-au-feu in Paris, each of these dishes carry a unique taste that is distinct to its origin.
Patatas a la Riojana (Potatoes with Chorizo and Peppers) is a rich stew dish that is extremely popular in the northern Rioja region and made using the region’s signature ingredients such as bell pepper, potatoes, and chorizo (Spanish sausage). This comfort food is also popular to be served in wineries as they go very well with wines.
Even while the stew is simmering, we can distinctly smell the pimentón (Spanish paprika) which adds smokiness to the dish and the bold red color that almost looks like a Spanish flag. The cracked potatoes formed rich and thick broth which complements the tenderness of our chorizo and red bell pepper. Use a crusty bread to dip into this stew and I guarantee you this is one of the best dish you’ll ever taste!
Site update: I will be away on vacation this week. Next post will not be a usual recipe post, rather, it’ll be food pictures from my trip!