Thursday, 2 July 2009

No Frills'Tortilla de Patatas'-Spanish Potato Omelette

Its very hot in the UK at the moment! YEAYH!!!!
In the summer, I get weird cravings for fish and end up eating nothing but fish and vegetables for 3 months!
This week I decided to plan the menus with a vegetarian/pescatarian theme.

Well, I lived in Valencia for about two years and I loved it. If I had to pick a place to live that would be the one.
The people are very friendly, the weather is gorgeous and the food...well there are no words that can describe it!!

From the tapas to the ultimate Paella Valenciana. Paella is originally from that region and you wouldnt believe how many variations there are. Unfortunately I could never recreate such delicacy.

However....while living there, a very good friend of mine taught me to cook, what she called a true Spanish Tortilla.
No frills, no peppers, fish, meat or anything but eggs, onions, potatoes and parsley.
I must say I quite like it this simple.
And its so quick, delicious and filling! Hope you give it a try!


4 medium potatoes- thinly sliced
6 eggs
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic-crushed
Good quality Olive oil
some parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Parboil the potatoes for about 10 minutes. When soft, remove and drain well.
Slice the onion and fry on a medium heat until translucent.
Add garlic and fry gently.
Add the potatoes and season
Cook for a further 2-3 minutesBeat the eggs with the parsley and season the mixture.Pour the potatoes and onion mixture into the eggs and mix well.
Place the whole mixture back into the frying pan and cook for 5-7 minutes.
Use a spatula to gently lift the mixture and check if its cooked underneath. If so,place under a hot grill to cook and brown the topCover the frying pan with a plate and flip it so that the tortilla falls on the frying pan.
Slice and serve warm.

Tomorrow: Delicious Lime, Mint and Chilli Tuna Kebabs

Omelettes on Foodista


  1. This sounds like the perfect warm weather dinner. Just add a salad and a glass of wine!!

  2. We could have an appetisers theme garden party, your 'Mini Caprese Appetisers', the tortilla, lots of Salad and even more wine :)

  3. Hi Ruth!

    Did your friend parboil the potatoes? Indeed there are many variations all over Spain, but I believe potatoes are almost always fried in the same oil as the onions, olive oil of course :-))

    Tortilla is one of my favourite dishes, no doubt!

  4. Hi Miriam. she did but I think it might have been in case I undercooked them :)

  5. Hi Ruth!

    I also fry my potatoes with the onions. I love my tortilla best with cold Gazpacho!! You are so lucky to have lived in Valencia, if you ever go back, TAKE ME WITH YOU, LOL!!


  6. I think my Spanish friend was afraid of my inability to get the potatoes just right lol.
    I Loved it Diana! Would go back tomorrow if I could! And the food..people are so friendly that the local tapas' restaurant owner knew just how I liked my Tuna salad.
    He got the dressing and ingredients down to such perfection! Could never quite rekindle those wonderful flavours!

  7. I just love spanish tortillas e essa a esta com um aspecto super delicioso e bem executado. :) xxx

  8. wow this looks great I bet that was a fab place to live Rebecca

  9. That looks fabulous!A great simple summer meal.

  10. Sounds really simple and really good! Thanks for sharing! I love the way the Europeans eat. I'm currently working my way through a French bistro cookbook and it's been a fun project.


  11. What a delicious-looking, simple recipe!

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