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Wine-Braised Potatoes with Garlic and Chiles

Wine-Braised Potatoes with Garlic and Chiles

The humble potato, a native of South America, takes on a sophisticated persona in this satisfying dish.


  • 2 pounds Yukon gold or red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons merquén or smoked paprika
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small Spanish onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine, preferably Chilean
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped


Step 1

In a medium bowl, toss the potatoes with the garlic, bay leaf, hot red pepper, paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

Step 2

In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, then cook, stirring occasionally, until fully softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in the potato mixture, then add the wine and broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until a skewer inserted into the potatoes meets no resistance, about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Uncover and continue to cook, now stirring more often and adjusting the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, until the liquid has thickened and lightly coats the potatoes, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat. Cover and let stand for about 5 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf and stir in the parsley. Taste and season with salt and black pepper. Note: Don’t stir the potatoes too vigorously or they’ll break apart and make the sauce gluey. Also, don’t reduce the sauce too far; as the potatoes sit off heat, they’ll continue to absorb the sauce.

Serves 4 — Recipe adapted from