Tapas is one of my favourite cuisines, so I thought I'd try it for myself at home. Having a look around, tortilla de patatas seemed the most straight-forward in my debut dish.
It's not exactly a healthy dish, but very flavoursome and it makes a great cold picnic dish, or to have with salad. The potatoes are simmered in olive oil with some sliced white onions until they are cooked, and then mixed with the raw egg and back in the pan for a second frying.
Tortilla de Patatas
Serves 4 as a side
3 medium potatoes (floury), sliced thinly
1/2 a white onion, sliced
3 eggs, beaten
200mls olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper
Heat the oil up in a pan, and then add the potatoes. Simmer until cooked, about 15 minutes. 5 minutes before they're cooked, add the onions. Drain about half of the oil away, and leave to cool.
Beat the eggs in a large bowl and add the potato and onion mixture. Pour back into a 7" non-stick pan and cook on a low heat until the eggs have set on the bottom and are slightly browned. Carefully turn the tortilla over, and fry until cooked all the way through.
My history isn't great with eggs, I usually make a complete mess of it so instead of turning it over, I stuck it under the grill to finish cooking. The result was a great tortilla; layers of potato and onion lihtly flavouring the eggs. Simple, but great.