Papas Arrugadas Canarian wrinkly potatoes
Some years ago during one of my visits to Gran Canaria, I visited Puerto de Mogan located at the most western part in the south of the island. It is well placed directly on the Atlantic, surrounded by impressive high mountains. The white houses, narrow streets and the Atlantic Ocean gives it a very special atmosphere. Colourful flowers such as Bouganvilla, Hibiscus, and the famous Esterlizia add to the picturesque impression.
I arrived driving on the spectacular high mountain road approaching Puerto de Mogan containing shops, bars, restaurants, accommodation and a sandy beach with plenty of water sports activities.
It was here in Puerto de Morgan that I discovered a classic cuisine of the Canary Islands. Canarian wrinkly potatoes. Papas Arrugadas is a traditional boiled potato dish eaten here in the Canary Islands.
It is usually served with a chili pepper garlic sauce, eaten in their skin and should be accompanied with red or green ¨Mojo”. I love to share this simple but delicious cuisine with a drink or two of one’s choice.
1) Use small (equal size) new washed potatoes. Place in a wide casserole, cover with water that has a high salt content. (The original recipe uses seawater)
2) Boil the potatoes as normal.
3) Pour out the water and place the casserole back on the stove. Allow the rest of the water to evaporate over low heat. Shake the casserole gently until the remaining salt has crystallised on the potato skins until they have wrinkled slightly.
Serve with ¨mojo¨ sauces, like the green garlic sauce (mojo Verde) I prefer the variation with fresh coriander, (mojo de cilantro). The creamy Green Avocado mojo (mojo de aguacate) is sensational. Another favourite is the Red Canary Island garlic sauce, (mojo picon), a little spicy as it includes chilies.
Check out the Guide to the Canary Islands written article, history, background and its recipe for Papas Arrugadas