Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tortilla de Patatas - Spanish Omelette


Every household in Spain knows how to prepare "Tortilla de Patatas". It is the easiest, tastiest and one of the most famous dishes in Spain. It is found in every bar as a pintxo, to take it for day trips, camping, excursions etc, and it is served for lunch and/or dinner. 

It has tons of variations. The recipe that I use is the basic one, however it can have vegetables, chorizo, ham and cheese etc. depending on the taste. 

I do hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Bon Appetit!!!

Tortilla de Patatas for two people

 2 big potatoes
 1/2 yellow onion
 4 eggs
 Olive Oil

Peel and cut the potatoes in small cubes. Peel and cut the onions into 1/4"pieces. In a non-stick small pan heat the olive oil in medium heat. I don't use a lot of olive oil, otherwise it is too greasy. I put the potatoes carefully evenly in the pan. Leave the potatoes in the pan until they are half way done, and put the onions in the mix. Be careful to make sure the potatoes don't burn.

Once they are done, remove them from the pan, and allow the oil to drain. I put them on a bowl over paper towels.

Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl, and beat by hand with a whisk or fork. Pour in the potato onion mixture.  Pinch of salt, and mix together with a large spoon

In the non-stick frying pan, put a little bit of olive oil in medium/low heat (otherwise the egg will burn). Pour the potato, onion and egg mixture evenly in the pan. Once the egg is slightly cooked around the edges, move the pan back and forth slowly in order to make the omelette without burning it. Check with a fork the bottom of the omelette to make sure is brown. It is time to cook the other side.

How to flip the tortilla:  To avoid making a mess in case this fails, it takes a little bit of practice, do it above the sink. Find a plate bigger than the frying pan, and place it upside down on top of the of the non-stick pan, and turn the omelette onto the plate. Slide the omelette back into the non-stick pan.

The best tortillas are the ones that inside are juicy, the egg not too overcooked, otherwise they are too dry. Tortillas can be eaten hot and/or cold. They are really good either way.

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