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Spanish Tortilla

This is a typical treat from Spain. A very good appetizer which everyone seems to enjoy.

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  • Use a large non stick pan for the first part of preparation and a 9” non stick pan for the final preparation.
  • In large pan, layer potato, onion slices, olive oil and coarse salt to taste.
  • Cook over medium heat, lifting and turning the potatoes/onion occasionally, until they are tender but not brown.
  • Don’t be afraid if they brown a little, you want them to be cooked.
  • The potatoes will remain separated, not in a “cake".
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl beat the eggs with a fork until they are slightly foamy.
  • Let stand until potatoes are done.
  • Remove the potatoes from the skillet and drain them in a colander, reserving about 3 tablespoons of the oil.
  • Add the drained potato/onions to the beaten eggs while the potatoes are still hot.
  • Press the potatoes down into the eggs so they are completely covered.
  • Let mixture stand for 15 minutes.
  • Heat two tablespoons of the reserved oil in the 9” pan.
  • Add the potato/egg mixture to the pan rapidly spreading evenly with a pancake turner.
  • Move the pan around and shake once in a while to evenly brown the mixture and keep it from sticking.
  • You can use the edge of the pancake turner (or a fork) as the mixture sets to form the sides to a more vertical orientation away from the sides of the pan.
  • Once the mixture is brown (this is the tricky part) place a large plate upside down over the pan.
  • Turn the pan upside down, add a little more of the reserved oil, then slide the uncooked side of the potato/eggs back into the pan.
  • Continue cooking until browned.
  • Flipping the tortilla two or three more times will help give it shape.
  • Once cooked, allow to cool several hours and enjoy!
  • Cut into one inch pieces and serve as appetizer with toothpicks.
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  1. ElenaTheHomeChef
    Hi from Spain! This is a great recipe for Spanish Tortilla and I´m sure you´ll love it! If you wanna add a little something try adding green pepper and a couple garlic cloves when cooking your potatoes. (Make sure you take out the garlic gloves before mixing w/beaten eggs). Be aware that the more you flip your tortilla the inside will get dryer...and we like a bit of moist so it´s juicy!! You will love it hot or cold, and it´s just as good for breakfast, lunch, dinner or for when you feel like you wanna nibble at something! :-)
  2. eileenandruss
    I live in a spanish village, and this is a very traditional recipe!Perfect! Can I offer a little tip, this is what the local ladies here do if you don't want to turn the tortilla over with the plate,you can just take the whole pan, and pop it under the grill for a few minutes until the top is golden brown-works every time!
  3. wildeyeris
    My uncle Emilio from Madrid gave me this exact recipe and I love it! It takes a few tries to get a perfectly shaped tortilla, but even the ones that don't end up looking good, still taste superb! This makes a great appetizer for a party, people rave on and on about it. Also, don't throw away the excess olive oil, it tastes delicious as a dipping oil or used in other dishes.
  4. Chez Keith
    We've tried a lot of recipes for this great dish and find this the best yet. With a bottle of spanish wine this is a wonderful evening meal!!!
  5. Bob78278
    This is a typical treat from Spain. A very good appetizer which everyone seems to enjoy.