Tortilla

1 Jul

tortilla

I often make tortillas to use up leftover boiled potatoes or green beans, reheating the vegetables in a frying pan then adding beaten eggs and allowing it to set.

For our Spanish World Cup dinner, I followed the recipe in the Moro cookbook, slowly caramelising the onions, frying the potato slices in olive oil, and turning it half way through to fry both sides instead of just sticking it under the grill.

More work, but a much tastier tortilla.

Tortilla
(serves 6-8)

  • 3 very large, waxy potatoes, cut into 1/2 cm slices
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large white onions, halved and sliced thinly
  • 5 Tb olive oil
  • sunflower oil for deep-frying
  • 6 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  1. Toss the potato slices with 1/2 tsp salt and leave to stand in a colander.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy frying pan (about 20″ diameter) over low heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, then cook very slowly, stirring occasionally, until soft, sweet and golden (about half an hour).
  3. Remove the onions with a slotted spoon, leaving the oil in the pan and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the potato slices. Heat a couple of inches of sunflower oil in a pot over medium heat. Pat the potato slices dry, then add to the oil, which should be hot enough for them to simmer away without spitting too much.
  5. Drain the cooked potato slices in a colander.
  6. Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk, then add the onions and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Heat the frying pan with the olive oil until it begins to smoke. While shaking the pan, pour in the egg mixture. Reduce the heat to medium and cook about five minutes, until the bottom is golden brown.
  8. Cover the frying pan with a dinner plate and carefully invert the half cooked tortilla onto it.
  9. Add a bit more oil to the frying pan and increase the heat again. Carefully slide the tortilla from the plate back into the frying pan, runny side down, and cook for a few more minutes until the middle feels firm.
  10. Let it rest for a few minutes off the heat before sliding from the frying pan and cutting.

Family score: 8.8 out of 10

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