Quique García of Bistro Casa Grau provides the
first of a series of simple recipes for you to try at
home - the traditional Spanish Potato Omelette.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
be afraid to spend some money on a good quality olive
oil so that it will give your tortilla a taste that
will distinguish it from others. You can use many varieties
such as Arbequina, Picual, Cornicabra, Hojiblanco, Royal
... select the one you like with a bit of quality.
Salt (to taste)
Peel the potatoes, wash them to remove traces of dirt
and, most importantly, dry them.
2. Cut the
potatoes into thin slices and tip them into a large
bowl. The thickness of the potato slices is down
to personal taste. Some people prefer very small pieces
that break up during the cooking process whilst others
prefer larger slices.
Using a large, non-stick pan, heat the extra virgen
olive oil. Add the potatoes and cook for about
20 minutes over a low heat.
While the potatoes are frying, add the eggs to a bowl
and beat. Reserve.
Peel the onion into thin slices. Heat some olive oil
in another pan and add the onions. Cook until they turn
a golden colour but don't let them burn. Drain and add
to the egg mixture.
Once the potatoes are fried, add to the egg mixture
and mix together to release all the flavours. Rest for
about 15 minutes; the mixture will taste delicious.
In the same pan in which the potatoes were fried, add
the mixture and cook for about four minutes on each
side over a medium-high heat, depending on your preference.
I like it undercooked so that when you cut into it with
a fork a little liquid egg flows out. If you prefer
it a little more done, increase the time for each side.
To turn it over, I use a large flat salad plate but
you can use a smooth-edged lid or you can buy a special
lid especially for turning over your tortilla. Use the
most comfortable method which is easiest for you so
that it doesn't spill out and take care. However, don't
despair if you don't achieve the turning process; you
will have a well-cooked omelette, just as rich.
This is perfect for a light dinner, a party or just
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