Spanish tortilla is considered to be the national dish of Spain. Spanish tortilla is completely different from what you might think of as a tortilla. It is not a round disc made of either flour or corn, it is a delicious and savory potato and egg casserole.
This recipe is easy to whip up if you own a mandolin, which makes slicing up the potatoes a breeze. This is the one that I have and use often. If you don’t have one it is a nice addition to your kitchen arsenal.
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Spanish Tortilla (Potato and Egg Casserole)
A staple in Spain, and if you are not familiar with Spanish cuisine, you may be in for a surprise.
- 4 medium potatoes
- 1 medium onion
- 1 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 6 large eggs
- Peel the potato and onion. Slice thinly. It works great if you use a mandolin.
- Heat the oil a large non-stick skillet over medium heat.
- When hot add in the potato slices and onion slices.
- Sprinkle with a good bit of salt and a pepper,
- Using a wooden spoon gently turn the mixture in oil and adjust the heat so the oil is just bubbly but not too hot.
- Keep turning the potatoes every few minutes until they are fork tender. You want them tender, but not brown.
- While the potatoes are cooking you can beat the eggs in a large bowl with some salt and pepper.
- Drain the potatoes into a metal colander and reserve the oil.
- Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel.
- Add in two tablespoons of the reserved oil and heat to a medium flame.
- Add the potatoes and onions to the egg mixture and gently combine together.
- Add this to the heated oil.
- As soon as the edges start to firm, reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Using a rubber spatula run it along the edges of the tortilla.
- You want to make sure it is completely loose and will slide easily from the pan.
- Carefully slide it onto a plate. Cover it with another plate and holding them tightly together, invert them.
- Add another tablespoon of oil to the skillet and slide the tortilla back into the skillet.
- Cook another 5 minutes and then slide onto a clean plate.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.