Wednesday 27 August 2008

Tortilla de Patatas

I don't know a lot about Spanish food. I went to Barcelona once, just for the day and eating wasn't high on my list of priorities (shock horror!) back then.

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.


Jenny said...

A certain supermarket has just started selling this ready made, they had some heated for tasting whilst i was there.....needless to say yours looks more appetising although the where the supermarket had cut it onto cubes it was hard to tell however the shrink wrapped item for sale looked a little dubious! is there anything they don't sell ready made these days?!

Anonymous said...

Fred makes this most weeks and takes it to work for lunch, there are lots of varieties which keeps it interesting. He used coriander last time but didn't enjoy that particular combination!

Anonymous said...

So far my experience of miso soup has been limited to Japanese restaurants. I've seen the paste in Whole Foods but sadly not in the more common supermarkets.

Anonymous said...

Whoops- obviously that last comment was supposed to go on the miso soup post! Silly me!

The last time I visited Spain, I was there with a fussy eater so Ididn't get to sample much Spanish food either.

This looks light a great dinner for busy weeknights. Right now, I'd feel like adding some serrano ham and cheese to it.