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    Spanish Potato Tortilla (Tortilla Española)

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    40 mins

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    20 mins

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    A Sarah Jay recipe. This would be a great time to use a kitchen toy - the mandoline!

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    Serves: 4


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    • 1 3/4 cups vegetable oil (for frying, I use plain olive oil, but never a great extra-virgin)
    • 1 3/4 lbs low- to medium-starch potatoes, about 5 medium, such as Yukon Gold, peeled
    • 2 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
    • 12 -14 ounces onions, diced (2 to 3 medium)
    • 5 medium garlic cloves, very coarsely chopped (optional)
    • 6 large eggs
    • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (optional)


    1. 1
      In a 10-1/2-inch nonstick skillet that's at least 1-1/2 inches deep, heat the oil on medium high. While the oil is heating, slice the potatoes thinly, about 1/8 inch. Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle on 2 teaspoons of the salt, tossing to distribute it well.
    2. 2
      When the oil is very hot (a potato slice will sizzle vigorously around the edges without browning), gently slip the potatoes into the oil with a skimmer or slotted spoon. Fry the potatoes, turning occasionally (trying not to break them) and adjusting the heat so they sizzle but don't crisp or brown. Set a sieve over a bowl or else line a plate with paper towels. When the potatoes are tender, after 10 to 12 min., transfer them with the skimmer to the sieve or lined plate.
    3. 3
      Add the onions and garlic (if using) to the pan. Fry, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and translucent but not browned (you might need to lower the heat), 7 to 9 minute Remove the pan from the heat and, using the skimmer, transfer the onions and garlic to the sieve or plate with the potatoes. Drain the oil from the skillet, reserving at least 1 Tbs. (strain the rest and reserve to use again, if you like) and wipe out the pan with a paper towel so it's clean. Scrape out any stuck-on bits, if necessary.
    4. 4
      In a large bowl, beat the eggs, 1/4 teaspoons salt, and the pepper (if using) with a fork until blended. Add the drained potatoes, onions, and garlic and mix gently to combine with the egg, trying not to break the potatoes (some will anyway).
    5. 5
      Heat the skillet on medium high. Add the 1 Tbs. reserved oil. Let the pan and oil get very hot (important so the eggs don't stick), and then pour in the potato and egg mixture, spreading it evenly. Cook for 1 minute and then lower the heat to medium low, cooking until the eggs are completely set at the edges, halfway set in the center, and the tortilla easily slips around in the pan when you give it a shake, 8 to 10 minute You may need to nudge the tortilla loose with a knife or spatula.
    6. 6
      Set a flat, rimless plate that's at least as wide as the skillet upside down over the pan. Lift the skillet off the burner and, with one hand against the plate and the other holding the skillet's handle, invert the skillet so the tortilla lands on the plate (it should fall right out). Set the pan back on the heat and slide the tortilla into it, using the skimmer to push any stray potatoes back in under the eggs as the tortilla slides off the plate. Once the tortilla is back in the pan, tuck the edges in and under itself (to neaten the sides). Cook until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, hot, and with no uncooked egg on it, another 5 to 6 minute.
    7. 7
      Transfer the tortilla to a serving platter and let cool at least 10 minute Serve warm, at room temperature, or slightly cool. Cut into wedges or small squares, sticking a toothpick in each square if serving as an appetizer.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 06, 2010


      Delicious! great recipe - the only thing that is really tricky (at least for me) is to get the tortilla out of the skillet onto the plate and back....I made a huge mess, but it still tasted very very good. I added one zucchini which had to be used and it did fit nicely! Thank you

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    • on May 11, 2009


      Oh, this was good! Followed the recipe except I reduced the servings to one. Also added thinly sliced red pepper rings and a little smoked paprika. Other than the mess I made flipping it (used the wrong plate), was easy to make! Made an excellent breakfast/brunch! Made for ZWT 5 - Spain/Portugal

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    • on January 04, 2008


      Perfect, delicious. I added some julienned spinach to the onion and garlic mix, just because I have to use them up, not because I would change anything about the recipe. It turned out delicious. perfect amount of egg and potatoes. Thanks Evelyn!

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    Nutritional Facts for Spanish Potato Tortilla (Tortilla Española)

    Serving Size: 1 (461 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1142.0
    Calories from Fat 927
    Total Fat 103.0 g
    Saturated Fat 14.7 g
    Cholesterol 317.2 mg
    Sodium 1427.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 43.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
    Sugars 5.7 g
    Protein 14.2 g

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