Spanish omelette (tortilla)
The things you are going to need for your Spanish omelette:
- 4 potatoes ( waxy ones are better )
- 2-3 onions
- 3-5 eggs
- olive oil
How to cook Spanish omelette (tortilla)
These are the basic ingredients for the traditional Spanish omelette, bear in mind as with all cooking quality is everything ! Ingredients should always be the freshest and best quality produce that you can afford.
There are unlimited ways you can diversify your tortilla depending on how you feel on the day you are making it. You may want to add some chorizo or Serrano ham to it, or maybe some different types of vegetables or if you want.
To keep it simple just a some fresh parsley. The choice is yours, once you can make the basic omelette you have free range to add whatever you feel like.
Lets get on with making our omelette.
First you are going start to poach the potatoes in the oil, so chop them up and pop them in the pan with a good bit of olive oil ( enough to nearly cover the thickness of your potatoes ).
Heat the oil and then add the potatoes ; don't overload the pan with potatoes, you want them to cook evenly. Turn them a few times while they are cooking . Cook them gently as you don't want them to turn into chips.
After five or six minutes add the onions, again cook them slow! As you don't want them to burn ( when you cook onions slowly they become beautifully sweet and release loads of flavour ).
When both the potatoes and onions are just soft, drain most of the oil from the pan. You can take them off the heat and set aside while you get the eggs ready. To do this just crack the eggs into a bowl or jug and give them a good whisk. Add some salt and pepper to the onion and potato and turn the heat back on. Now that the pan is starting to get hot. Its ready for the eggs.
When the pan is hot add the beaten eggs to the mix.
Once the eggs have set you have to turn it over, so here comes the tricky bit! Take a plate and place it over the pan. Put your hand firmly on the plate and confidently turn the source-pan upside down . Now the omelette is on the plate, but still needs cooking on the other side. So with the pan now empty gently slide the omelette back into the pan so that the uncooked side is now facing down.
Cook for a minute or two then do the plate trick again to get the omelette out .
Thats it you have a perfectly presented tortilla .
It's a little bit more work than you think at first! Have a few practise goes at making your Spanish omelette. You will perfect your dish and be able to whip one up in no time at all .
Tortilla is cooked all over Spain and every mamma has her own special take on the perfect way to make it. Some boil the potatoes first. Some like the eggs runny some like them well set. Others like to burn the outside or have more colour in the onions. You can add all sorts of other ingredients like chorizo or ham, different veg. Anything you can think of to it to enhance the flavor to your own taste. Above is the basic recipe traditional Spanish will say stick to that and don't change it. but as you know in the world of cooking it's really all about your tastes and you can't go wrong as long as you use really good quality ingredients and don't forget ALWAYS COOK WITH LOVE!
You can can even buy a special type of pan that is in two halves, if you find it hard to flip your tortilla.
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