Spanish food is delicious. The Spanish have a wonderful way of making amazing food with basic ingredients. I find the Tortilla Española the ultimate example of that.
Who would think potatoes, onions and eggs could blend into something as amazing as a tortilla?
The Spanish tortilla is an omelet, not to be confused with a Mexican tortilla which is a wrap. There are a wide variety of tortillas, such as green asparagus or spinach, but the most traditional has to be the tortilla Española. This is an omelet filled with potatoes and onions and therefore also goes by the name of tortilla de patatas [potato omelet].
My amazing Spanish friends Maria Jesus & Puri [a.k.a. my Spanish Moms] taught me how to make a proper tortilla and I am forever grateful.
4 medium / 275 g potatoes
4 tablespoon Olive Oil
2 medium onions
salt & pepper
non stick frying pan 20 cm/8 inches
Peel the potatoes and cut them in thin slices (3-4 mm)
Cut the onions in long slices not too thin
[this will make your tortilla juicier]
On medium heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil
fry the potatoes for 5 minutes
Add the onions and fry for another 3 minutes.
Then put a lid on your pan and leave it frying for 10-15 minutes. Stir every couple of minutes
Fry the potatoes untill done and slightly falling appart.
In the meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl
[make sure the bowl is big enough to fit the potatoes later]
[in case you don't know how to beat an egg check this video, LOL]
Add the potatoes and onions to the eggs.
Mix this untill the potatoes are covered.
Season the mixture with salt & pepper.
Heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil,
make sure the oil is hot enough!
Pour the potato-egg mixture into the pan and turn down to a low heat.
The trick to turning the tortilla:
Get a plate that fits into the pan straight on the tortilla.
Hold the plate with one hand and the frying pan with the other.
Turn everything upside down
Then slide the tortilla back into the pan
[your plate will be messy, not as clean as mine]
Fry the other side for a couple of minutes
You can get your tortilla on a plate same way you turned it over.
You can eat it as a tapa or on a baguette
A tortilla can also be served with tomato frito, which goes really well together. For a home made tomato frito recipe click here.
|Me in traje de flamenco|
ps. If available, wear a dress like this while eating. It will make the tortilla taste a lot better.