Tortillas de Patatas, also known as the Spanish omelete is one of the most popular dishes here in Spain. When I told Luisa (our mom in Seville) that we make tortillas out of flour and corn, she gave me a very confused look! Tortilla de patatas is basically a potato omelette (about 4cm thick). It is popular all over Spain and often served in bars as a tapa and is eaten either hot or cold. It is delicious and Aly and I definitely recommend you try it!
4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
¼ litre olive oil
First, heat the oil in a large frying pan and then gently fry the sliced potatoes until almost soft, stirring from time to time so that they don’t burn on the bottom of the pan. Add the onion and the green pepper and continue frying until all the vegetables are soft. Drain the vegetables in a colander to get rid of the excess oil.
Beat the eggs in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the potatoes, etc. and mix well and check seasoning.
Heat a little oil in a frying pan on a moderate heat. Pour in the potatoes and eggs and shake the frying pan from time to time so that the omelette doesn’t stick to the bottom. Once the bottom of the omelette has set, turn the heat down low and cover the pan. After about ten minutes, turn the omelette by placing either a flat plate or saucepan lid on the frying pan and quickly turning over. Gently slide the omelette back into the frying pan and continue frying, once again shaking the pan from time to time so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom, until it has set all the way through.