I called Seville, Spain home for six months when I was in college. It was a whirlwind study abroad experience that was a whole lot of traveling/eating/exploring with a small side of studying. (Aren’t they all?) But one of my favorite parts of living with a host family in Spain was the chance to experience home-cooked meals. And high atop the list of my study abroad favorites was the classic Spanish tortilla.
The setup is simple: Layers of thinly sliced potatoes fried until crisp with onions and olive oil then coated in eggs and cooked until golden. Slice it into wedges then grab a fork or sandwich it inside a baguette for the ultimate tortilla Española. It’s become a comfort food I’ve loved and longed for ever since returning to the States, as I whip up weekly frittata-inspired variations with leftover odds and ends from my fridge or pantry.
Pair the golden wedges with a quick-fix tomato salad dressed simply with red wine vinegar and olive oil. And just like that, you’ve transformed the modest potato into a star-studded meal in 30 minutes or less. Buen provecho!
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- 3 medium russet potatoes
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3/4 cup diced yellow onions
- 5 large eggs
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 large tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves
- 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- Peel then cut the potatoes into 1/8-inch-thick slices using a sharp knife or mandoline.
- Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large non-stick sauté pan set over low heat. Add the sliced potatoes, diced onions and a pinch of salt. Cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes have softened, about 10 minutes. Drain any excess oil from the pan then transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and heavy cream with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the potatoes and fold it carefully to combine without breaking apart the potatoes.
- Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a non-stick sauté pan set over medium heat. Add the potato mixture to the pan and using a spatula, gently lift the mixture so the uncooked eggs flow underneath. Spread the mixture into an even layer, reduce the heat to low and cook the tortilla, occasionally releasing the edges with a spatula. Once the eggs are mostly set, place a plate atop the pan then invert the pan to flip the tortilla onto the plate. Return the tortilla to the pan (uncooked side down) and continue cooking until the eggs are fully set.
- Slide the cooked tortilla onto a serving plate.
- In a small bowl, combine the diced tomatoes and parsley leaves. Toss the salad with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pile the salad atop the tortilla, slice and serve.
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