How to make Spanish Omelette - Tortilla Española
Ingredients: Egg and chips!
Well, not exactly, but near enough!
The Spanish omelette is the Spanish tapa 'par excellence' and is readily available in all Spanish 'tapas' bars. Some Spanish people pride themselves on their ability to create the 'perfect' Spanish omelette! People are occasionally introduced to each other on the basis of their culinary skills with eggs and chips! Many's the time I have been introduced to Spanish friends with: "Marie, this is Quique." and then aside, in whispered reverence: "He makes a great tortilla!" , as if it were one of the greatest compliments one could be paid, while the blushing Quique stands awkwardly in false modesty, secretly loving the compliment, proud of his culinary skills. Egg and chips, often used as a euphemism for a simple, basically nutritional meal is the 'no-frills' option of many a busy house-hold, yet, hidden carefully under the chips, there is a potential Tortilla Española (Spanish omelette) just waiting to leap out and be transformed into all its glory onto the plate!
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See how easy Francisco makes it look!
INGREDIENTS FOR THREE SERVINGS:
The secret of any good tortilla is to have plenty of eggs in ratio to the potaoto, to make sure it remains juicy and moist inside, while being a lovely golden brown on the outside:
A) Potatoes: Half a kilo (500 grams)
B) Eggs: 4
C) Onion: Half a medium:
D) Salt : 2/3 pinches
E) Olive oil
Egg to potato ratio! 70 Eggs!
Sliced or Chopped?
Tortilla with Spinach
How to Make the Magic!
1) Peel and chop the potatoes into small squares. Soft fry the potaoes in deep olive oil.
2) Peel and Cut onion and add to potaoes halfway through frying. (After about 5-7 minutes).
The potatoes should NOT become crisp, like chips, but rather soft and even a little mushy. Remove potaoes and onion mix from frying pan with a draining spatula. Drain the oil off in a colander or on absorbent kitchen paper. Reserve oil for later use.
3) Beat the eggs in medium-sized kitchen bowl and slowly spoon the potatoe and onion into the egg mixture. Leave to soak in the egg for several minutes. Add the salt at discretion.
4) Heat only a little of the previous oil in the frying pan again, this time to bind the omelette.
5) When hot, add the egg, potato and onion mixture to the pan and cook on high for one minute then reduce heat and cook several minutes.
6) NOW FOR THE EXCITEMENT! Cover the pan with a large plate, big enough to to cover the entire pan. The plate should not fit directly into the pan, as it may mean you burn yourself on hot oil dripping from the pan onto your wrist! (Many a fine tortilla has ended in disaster at this point, so it is worth taking extra care!)
7) Firmly hold the plate over the pan with your hand outspread, and with the other hand carefully turn the frying pan upside-down placing the omelette onto the plate. The omelette should be a beautiful golden brown colour. Then, gently slide the half-cooked omelette back into the pan to finish cooking the under-side, now keeping the heat low. Cook the omelette for several minutes.
Other healthy options can include adding green leafy vegetables such a spinach or saltwort to the egg and potato stage of the process. These options add extra flavours and different textures, to what is already a tasty dish in itself.
This above is not exactly the Weight-watcher version of the recipe, But do not despair. Carlorie content can be reduced by substituing the soft-fried potato with microwaved or boiled potao instead. This DRASTICALLY reduces calories (and the guilt!) but also compromises taste, so choices have to be made!
Also, to reduce the amount of potato, some cooks add pre-cooked spinach, courgette or tomato. Of course, once you master the basic technique, it is obviously up to you how you develop your own-style tortilla.