In Spain, where olive oil is such an essential ingredient, like all over the Mediterranean.
" ...the essential ingredient of the Mediterranean diet "
everything gets fried in this precious commodity Some of the tastiest
Spanish cooking includes; crackling fried anchovies, crispy croquettes,
and golden fried potatoes. Foods cooked in olive oil absorb less oil
than if fried in other oils, this means that the oil goes further and
makes the fried food less greasy. After all olive oil is an essential
part of the authentic Spanish flavour.
or chicken need to be lightly coated in flour or some kind of light
batter, but starchy foods like potatoes don´t need any coating.To fry in
olive oil the ideal temperature needs to be 180ºC / 360ºF. The oil will
be hot, but not smoking. At this temperature a crust forms around the
food so the oil doesn’t saturate the food and also means it doesn't
brown too quickly, allowing the interior of the food to cook thoroughly.
Ideally cook the food in small batches to ensure that it is all cooked
through and evenly.