What is the ingredient that highlights “a la importancia” potatoes?
In Castilian tradition, “a la importancia” potatoes is one of the delicious ways to enjoy the most often used tuber in cuisine. The name 'Patatas a la Importancia' translates to Important Potatoes. The potatoes are treated like the main ingredient here. Really taking this potato dish to the next-level in deliciousness.
The way in which potatoes are cooked is what gives the dish its ‘importance’. When making the recipe, white wine, flour, saffron and parsley, are added, thus converting an economical dish, into one with more cache. Saffron makes the difference. It is a is a spice derived from the flower of' Crocus sativus', commonly known as the "saffron crocus". The vivid crimson stigma and styles, called threads, are collected and dried for use mainly as a seasoning and colouring agent in food. Saffron has long been the world's costliest spice by weight.
A dish of humble origin, it was a very popular recipe in the post-war period (Spanish Civil War), when families saved the “a la importancia” potato recipe for special occasions.