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Destination: A Canary Islands Tapas Dish
Recipes for Resort-Made Meals
BY REGINA SCHRAMBLING
Papas arrugadas with two mojos; Playa El Médano, on the south coast of Tenerife.
Wrinkled is a word not generally associated with either good or food. But on Tenerife, and in Spanish, it’s one of the most alluring adjectives on menus, right after the word potatoes.

A signature dish of the Canary Islands, papas arrugadas is served with two garlicky dipping sauces. The potatoes—waxy little ones—are traditionally boiled in sea water, which leaves the skins shriveled and coated with a dusting of salt. They’re great by themselves but even better dunked into the Canarian translation of salsa: mojo. Both green and red versions are always served with this dish, most often as an appetizer or as tapas, with the good local wines. Consider them the chips and salsa of the Canary Islands.

PAPAS ARRUGADAS CON DOS MOJOS
(wrinkled potatoes with two sauces)


MOJO VERDE (GREEN SAUCE):
1 large jalapeño, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
½ cup cilantro or flat-leaf parsley leaves
½ tsp. ground cumin
¼ cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt to taste

MOJO COLORADO (RED SAUCE):
2 dried red chilies (anchos work well)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp. hot Spanish paprika, smoked or sweet
½ tsp. ground cumin
3 tbsp. sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt to taste

PAPAS (POTATOES):
24 white or Yukon Gold baby potatoes, scrubbed
3 tbsp. coarse sea salt

For the mojo verde, combine everything but olive oil in a blender or food processor; process until puréed. With the machine running, drizzle in the oil and process until sauce is emulsified. Do the same to make the mojo colorado.

Place potatoes in a large pot and add water to just barely cover. Stir in salt until it dissolves. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are easily pierced. Drain off any remaining water, return the pot to the heat and cook, shaking the pan, until all liquid is gone and the potato skins are slightly wrinkled. Serve with the two mojos. Serves 4 to 6.


STAY

RCI affiliated resorts on the Canary Islands include:

APARTAMENTOS TROPICAL PARK
On-site restaurant, disco and grocery.
41 Avda. el Jable, Adeje, Tenerife


BEVERLY HILLS CLUB
Sports center has squash, bowling and more.
9 Calle Rodeo, Arona, Tenerife

CLUB TENERIFE
Near beaches and Octopus Aquapark.
Los Diamantes II, Arona, Tenerife


For additional resort listings, visit RCI.com or call

Weeks: 800-338-7777
Points: 877-968-7476

Club Members, please call your specific
Club or RCI telephone number.


Non-RCI affiliated resorts:

HOTEL SAN ROQUE
Calle Esteban de Ponte, Garachico,
Tenerife; 011-34-922-13-34-35;
hotelsanroque.com; doubles from $400
per night with breakfast


H10 RUBICÓN PALACE
Urb. Montaña Roja, Playa Blanca,
Lanzarote; 011-34-928-51-85-00;
hotelh10rubiconpalace.com; doubles
from $134 per night with breakfast


HACIENDA DEL BUEN SUCESO
Carretera de Arucas, Arucas, Gran Canaria;
011-34-928-62-29-45;
haciendabuensuceso.com;
doubles from $136 per night with breakfast



NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
Published: Summer 2011 
Photos: Regina Schrambling; Tourismo De Canarias
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