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

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41 min.3 min.33 min.1 hour 17 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Prepare 1 onion.

Crush 1 garlic clove with knife blade.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Cut 2 slices smoked ham into thin strips.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Peel and wash 1 kg potatoes.

Slice, wash again, drain and dry in a cloth.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Pour 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.

Stage 5 - 25 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Cook covered, stirring from time to time, until potatoes are just soft (about 25 minutes).

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Discard garlic.

Add onion and ham, mix well and leave to cook, uncovered, for 5 more minutes.

Stage 7
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
It doesn't matter, whatever many other recipes might say, if potatoes are browned, on the contrary it's even better.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Tip potaoes + onion and ham into a strainer to drain off excess olive oil.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Meanwhile, break 6 Eggs, salt amd pepper, then beat with a whisk.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Add potatoes and mix.

Stage 11 - 10 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Put 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.

Stage 12 - 3 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Turn down heat, cover and leave to cook for 3 minutes.

Stage 13
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Your tortilla is almost cooked now, and should be turned over.

Stage 14 - 2 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Using 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.

Stage 15 - 3 min.
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Slide tortilla back into pan, and leave to stand for 2 or 3 minutes off the heat to just cook the bottom.

Stage 16
Potato tortilla (Spanish omelette)
Serve cut into wedges like a tart, hot or cold, if possible with a green salad and French dressing (vinaigrette).
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.
And to drink?
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).
Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,451 Kcal or 10,262 Kj69 gr205 gr151 gr
123 %26 %19 %23 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
154 Kcal or 645 Kj4 gr13 gr9 gr
8 %2 %1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
408 Kcal or 1,708 Kj11 gr34 gr25 gr
20 %4 %3 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 3.41 €
  • Per person : 0.57 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
PotatoesPotatoes: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Late Winter Soup with Fresh Spinach, Roast in the bag pork with fondant vegetables., Fisherman's Ragout, Grandma's salad, Mushroom velouté, ... All
EggEgg: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Escalopes in a sesame crust, Naan, Walnut short bread, Little lemon biscuits, Green asparagus omelette, ... All
Smoked hamSmoked ham: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Gougères, Crème de foie gras, Dauphinoise potatoes with Serano ham, Crab and smoked salmon club sandwiches , Potato galette, ... All
Garlic cloveGarlic clove: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Veal Chop With Assortment of Vegetables, Spaghetti with tomatoes and pesto, Chicken "cantina", Sausage rougail, Cajun pulled pork, ... All
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  • Es la misma que lo a comer en espana durante las vacaciones !
    Posted by Pete june 2nd 2009 at 20:44 n° 3
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    Posted by vincent june 2nd 2009 at 19:22 n° 2
  • Hi Jh,I LOVE the new look. I never thought the other look was off but boy oh boy this new look sure does blend quite well. As for the recipe, it reminds me of a meal we use to have on Friday's minus the ham. I can't recall what the name was in Italian, however, I know my favorite part was doing the flip! I remember once the eggs weren't quite done and I almost got burned. Always checked after that. Gee, I miss that dish. I think I will save your recipe and give it a try:) Thanks for sharing...
    Posted by Louise june 1st 2009 at 22:00 n° 1
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