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Typical of the Canary Islands but somewhat exotic on the mainland of Spain, papas arrugadas is one of the few Spanish dishes that has a bit of a kick to it. To prepare papas arrugadas, small Canarian potatoes are boiled in salted water until their skin becomes wrinkled and they are nice and tender. While the potatoes themselves aren’t spicy, they are served with a choice of sauces: mojo picon, mojo verde, or both. The mojo picon is a spicy red sauce flavored with paprika and hot Spanish peppers. Mojo verde is a green sauce with less heat but a serious bite of garlic and the flavors of fresh green herbs. Whichever sauce you choose, papas arrugadas are an energy filled snack that are sure to keep you going as you explore the Canaries.
Where to find papas arrugadas
Madrid: Canarian cuisine is hard to come by off the islands, but 7 Delicatessen at the Mercado San Anton is making it a little easier in Spain’s capital city. Try their papas arrugadas along with other Canarian specialties.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife: La Hierbita on the island of Tenerife is an old restaurant full of local history.