Patatas a lo Pobre or Patatas Panaderas in the Oven



This popular Spanish dish slowly cooks sliced potatoes in olive oil with onions, green peppers and garlic. It is often served in restaurants, particularly in Southern Spain. Patatas panaderas is a similar version where the potatoes are cooked in the oven.

Rather than frying the sliced potatoes on the hob in a frying pan with lots of olive oil, I decided to cook them in the oven. They worked really well but I thought the times and temperatures suggested in the recipe I followed could be changed to cook them for slower and longer. Rather than using a glass dish covered with foil, next time I would use an iron lidded casserole. This recipe has the new times and temperatures.

Patatas a lo pobre



  • 150g potato per person, peeled and cut into 4mm slices
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1 green pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 5 (or as many as you like) cloves garlic, peeled
  • a splash white wine
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper


  1. Put the potato, onion, pepper and garlic into a casserole.
  2. Drizzle over some olive oil.
  3. Pour over the wine and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Put the lid on the casserole and place in the oven.
  5. Turn on the oven and heat to 180ºC.
  6. When it has reached its temperature, cook for 1 hour.
  7. Remove the lid and toss the potatoes.
  8. Turn up the heat to 200ºC and cook for another 30 minutes when it has reached the temperature.

Tortilla de patatas con ajetes – Spanish potato omelette with garlic sprouts

Tortilla de patatas con ajetes

Tortilla de patatas con ajetes

Now’s the season for “ajetes” (garlic sprouts) so there will be plenty of opportunities to try out different recipes. This one is a combination of a traditional Spanish omelette and the garlic. This is a large tortilla and makes enough for 6-8 people.

Ajetes - Wild garlic

Ajetes – garlic sprouts

1200g potatoes, finely sliced
7 eggs
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 handful garlic sprouts, cut into pieces

Finely slice the potatoes and wash in cold water.

Heat some olive oil in a deep-sided frying pan and add the potatoes. Mix well so that they are thoroughly coated in the oil and begin frying on a high heat. Fry for 10-15 minutes, turning every 5 or so minutes. After you’ve turned the potatoes, turn the heat up for a minute or so and then cover and turn the heat down for another couple of minutes so that the potatoes get a bit of colour and cook in the steam at the same time.

Sprinkle over the chopped onion and garlic and continue cooking until everything is cooked.

Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl and season with salt. Add a splash of milk.

Spoon into the eggs and mix well.

Find a frying pan that will fit a flat plate or flat saucepan lid. I have a large lid for the pan for making cheese and this works really well with the largest frying pan I have. I’ve found that the easiest way to flip the omelette is by using a saucepan lid. That way, you can use the handle to help you. To flip the omelette, you need to be confident and it’s best done over the sink – confidently and quickly are key.

Heat some oil in a frying pan. When the oil is hot, quickly pour in the egg and potato mixture. Set the timer for 1 minute and cook on a high heat. Turn down the heat, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the tortilla. Turn the heat up and cook again for 1 minute on high before covering and turning down the heat for 2 minutes. Check the tortilla is cooked in the middle and serve.