23 March 2008

Tortilla Española


Yesterday, after a rather futile attempt at the gym, I came home starving. It was 10am so I thought 'omlette', only we had nothing but cheese to fill it will. Then my eye landed on the leftover baked potato and 'omlette' shifted to tortilla española, otherwise known as Spanish omlette.

Spanish omlette is an egg and potato dish, usually layered high in a deep sided pan, but as I only had one potato and 5 eggs, mine turned out rather more trim. I sauteed some onion and added some smoked and hot paprika for flavor before added the potatoes. When they were warmed through, I poured in the beaten eggs and turned the flame down to low. To finish it off, the pan went under the broiler for a minute or two, to firm up the top of the eggs and I sprinkled on a garnish of parsley for a little color. Truthfully, it turned out a little dry, which may have been due to the potato's extended stay in the fridge. Also- when I conferred with a friend who used to live in Spain, she said that the Spanish usually use quite a bit of oil in their tortillas, which I definitely did not. This needs a bit of fine tuning before my next attempt, which will hopefully turn out well enough to post the recipe of.

6 comments:

katskitchen said...

Even though it turned out dry, it looks tasty and pretty! Thanks for posting!

Jen said...

It is sort of funny how the tortilla turned out pretty nice looking but didn't taste great- I have to say that things usually turn out the other way around for me.

kat said...

It looks good anyway ;) Those were always my favorite thing to eat in Spain & when I do make them here I like them best cold after they've been in the fridge awhile.

Neen said...

Eggs and potatoes, nothing beats that in terms of comfort food! The spanish definitely use oil in theirs, and a lot of it. I spent a summer studying in Northern Spain and had the unfortunate lack of foresight to date a strict American vegetarian during that time. Northern spanish restaurants offer very little cheeseless vegetarian food, so I got sooo sick of Spanish Tortillas! All this to say, instead of using oil next time, maybe a little bit of milk or another non-oily liquid?

Tracy said...

I've always wanted to try a Spanish tortilla. Yours looks great.

I just got an email from Williams Sonoma that they have a special Tortilla pan that costs something like $100! That's a lot to spend on a pan for a pan that makes a single dish -- especially when yours was clearly successful without a special pan!

Jen said...

Hi Tracy-- thanks for stopping by. I actually had a Spanish tortilla out at a Spanish restaurant here last night- it was much thicker than mine and way tastier so I will have to try it again...