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Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)

Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)

Tortilla is a recipe from Spain, which can be eat hot or cold. It's a kind of omelette, with several ingredients, in this recipe potatoes, onion and smoked ham.

Ingredients are cooked first, then mixed with egg, to make a tortilla which is cooked on both sides.

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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 6 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
41 min.3 min.33 min.1 hour 17 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
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Step by step recipe

1 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #1Prepare 1 onion.

Crush 1 garlic clove with knife blade.
5 min.
2 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #2Cut 2 slices smoked ham into thin strips. 3 min.
3 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #3Peel and wash 1 kg potatoes.

Slice, wash again, drain and dry in a cloth.
5 min.
4 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #4Pour 1 glass olive oil into a large pan, to give ½ cm ( ¼ inch) in the bottom. This seems a lot, but don't worry it's fine.

When oil is hot, add potaoes and garlic, salt and mix to distribute oil over potatoes.
5 min.
5 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #5Cook covered, stirring from time to time, until potatoes are just soft (about 25 minutes). 25 min.
6 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #6Discard garlic.

Add onion and ham, mix well and leave to cook, uncovered, for 5 more minutes.
5 min.
7 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #7It doesn't matter, whatever many other recipes might say, if potatoes are browned, on the contrary it's even better.
8 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #8Tip potaoes + onion and ham into a strainer to drain off excess olive oil. 3 min.
9 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #9Meanwhile, break 6 eggs, salt amd pepper, then beat with a whisk. 5 min.
10 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #10Add potatoes and mix. 3 min.
11 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #11Put a frying pan on medium heat, pour in 4 tablespoons olive oil saved from cooking potatoes.

When oil is hot, add potato-egg mixture, then with a wooden spatula, scrape bottom of pan to help eggs cook.

Do this until only a little liquid egg remains.
10 min.
12 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #12Turn down heat, cover and leave to cook for 3 minutes. 3 min.
13 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #13Your tortilla is almost cooked now, and should be turned over.
14 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #14Using an oven glove to protect your hand, press firmly on lid and with a smart gesture turn upside down.

Tortilla is now on the lid .

Tip: if the inside of your lid is not smooth, line with aluminium foil. By the way, if you can manage this, you're ready for a tart tatin.
2 min.
15 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #15Slide tortilla back into pan, and leave to stand for 2 or 3 minutes off the heat to just cook the bottom. 3 min.
16 Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette) : Photo of step #16Serve cut into wedges like a tart, hot or cold, if possible with a green salad and French dressing (vinaigrette).

Remarks

For the ham, if possible use one of those great spanish hams (Jamon Iberico).

If you are worry about turning tortilla upside down, leave it on the first side, still covered, 5 minutes off the heat to finish cooking top.

There are infinite ways of filling tortillas, from this recipe let your imagination guide you. Don't hesitate, when they're in season, to use spring onions.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
258978 gr204 gr162 gr
129 %30 %19 %25 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1565 gr12 gr10 gr
8 %2 %1 %1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
43113 gr34 gr27 gr
22 %5 %3 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 people : 3.59 €
Per person : 0.60 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: A spanish wine of course!

If you can, try "Villa Narcisa", a great red wine from Javier Sanz, wine maker in Valladolid (Spain), or "Orden Tercera", also from Javier (contact www.jsviticultor.com).
Source: Home made.
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