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Tortilla de patatas – Spanish potato omelette


My first recipe!  I am so excited about it! It took me a while to get to this point but here I am, and I am very happy about it.

I thought it would  be great to start with this classic Spanish dish. I love this recipe  because It so versatile. It can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner, can be served as a “tapa” or as a main dish and it is good both warm and cold. 

This Spanish omelette is called a tortilla de patatas, but watch out! Tortilla in Spain is not the same as it is in Mexico, tortilla is an omelette in Spain.   And it is not the same thing as an omelette in the US.

Omelettes are very famous in Spain.  You can have a spinach omelet, green bean and potato omelette, vegetable omelette or  you can easily create your own version of any omelette.  But, the  most traditional one is the Spanish potato omelette.

Let’s get to work! What you´ll need for this recipe that serves 2-4 people is:

– 3 medium potatoes (the variety doesn´t matter, I use russet)

– 1 medium onion

– 4 eggs

– 2 cups vegetable or canola oil

– salt ( to taste)

– pepper (optional)

– For this recipe ,I used a 9 inch pan It´s a good size for a nice and thick omelette. And I used a bigger pan to cook the potatoes.

Chop the onion, season with salt (and pepper if you want),  and cook in a small pan on a low-medium heat until it gets brown, then set it aside.

While the  onion is cooking, preheat a pan with 2 cups of vegetable or canola oil  on high heat. Start peeling and slicing the potatoes very thin and place them into the pan.

Season the potatoes with salt and pepper and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes.  Do not wait until they look brown, we don’t want french fries!  To be sure the potatoes are done, poke them with a wooden spoon and if they fall apart, they are done.

The potatoes look white but they are almost done!

Once the potatoes are cooked, drain the oil.  Mix the potatoes with the onion in the pan and combine them well  ( you can skip this step  but I love the flavor it gets). Then place the mixture into a bowl.

onion and potatoes

Beat 4 eggs, season them, and pour them into the bowl with the onion and potatoes. Mix with a spatula or a wooden spoon (I don’t like to use a whisk to mix it).

onion, potatoes and eggs.

Be sure it is juicy! If it looks dry just beat another egg and pour it into the mixture.

Using one of the pans you used for the potato or onion,  pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and place on medium-low heat. Once the oil is warm, pour the mixture in. After about a minute,  peel back the edges of the omelette from the pan so it doesn’t stick. Shaking the pan also helps to ensure the omelette doesn’t stick.

SONY DSC In about 4-5 minutes, the bottom of the omelette should be cooked.  Position a plate on top of the omelette in the pan, and flip it. The omelette now will be on the plate. Next, slide it back into the pan, with the cooked face of the omelette facing up. SONY DSC

The bottom of this omelette is still uncooked. That’s why you have to put it back.

Cook it for about 3-5 minutes and flip again. Now the omelette should have a consistent texture. Slide it back into the pan for another 30 seconds and flip it again. I always flip the omelette  5-6 times. My grandmother told me that the more you flip it, the bettter!

The last flip, that is how it should look!
Serve with a piece of good bread. Following the Catalan tradition,rub a tomato and pour some olive oil on a piece of bread. (Pan con tomate)

Now… dig in! Bon profit (pronounced bone pro-feet)


Tortilla de patatas – Spanish potato omelette

by Ivette time to read: 3 min
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