The base of a traditional tortilla is simple and wholesome.
One of the best things about travel is food, and what better way to relive the great nom-worthy moments then by bringing your favorite things back into your own kitchen. When I reminisce about my time in Barcelona, I remember having “tortilla” for lunch, dinner, or snack. Spanish tortillas are very different than the ones we think about here in California. Spanish tortillas are made of potatoes and egg, not corn, and are much more dense.
Eaten by all and at all times, these potato omelets are as Spanish as it gets. Whether FC Barcelona or Real Madrid is the better team is not the only dispute between the two big Spanish cities—the debate over whether onion is included or not in a traditional tortilla continues evermore. We’ll just say here that you can add onion if you like ‘em. The base of a traditional tortilla is simple and wholesome. After you get the basics down, choose your toppings as you wish!
What you’ll need:
- 4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
- 5 large eggs, beaten
- Extra virgin olive oil
Yep, I know right? It’s that simple. Throw in what you love. Spinach and cheese makes a yummy vegetarian tortilla, and chorizo, a spicy Spanish sausage, will make for a hearty meal.
1. Cover the bottom of a skillet with oil, and add potatoes and salt. Cook over medium-high heat. Let the potatoes sauté and tenderize for about 20-25 minutes.
2. Pour the potatoes in a large heat-proof bowl, and add the beaten eggs. Stir gently.
3. Wipe down the skillet, add a few more tablespoons of oil to the pan. Over medium heat, pour egg-potato mixture into the pan and spread mixture evenly around.
4. Let the mixture set and check the edges of the tortilla for browning, approximately 2-3 minutes. When the bottom of the tortilla is golden brown, it’s time to flip!
5. Here’s the fun part. Take a large plate, one that is bigger that is larger in circumference then the pan, and take to the sink. Here you’ll place the plate over the top of the pan and flip the tortilla onto it.
6. Place some more oil on the pan, and slide the tortilla to return it cooking.
7. After about 3-4 minutes, your tortilla is finished!
8. Place the finished tortilla on a round plate and slice like a pie.