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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Spanish Tortilla Breakfast

I let Matthew choose what I should make for breakfast and he picked Spanish Tortilla.  Good choice.   I hadn't made one in a while.

Even though this is most often served as a Spanish Tapa, we enjoy it for breakfast. Although traditionally cooked on top of the stove, I bake mine in the oven. 

Served with toasted homemade sourdough bread.

Spanish Tortilla (Potato Omelette)

Although a tortilla can be served for breakfast, it is quite often served as a Spanish Tapa or small appetizer with a glass of wine.  It is equally good served hot or at room temperature.

Most recipes that I have seen for Tortillas call for cooking the omelette on top of the stove.  I find that it turns out better if you bake it in a cake pan  or a cast iron pan in the oven.

 (This recipe makes two Tortillas)

At least 4  large baking potatoes or 5 or 6 smaller ones
1 small onion
12 eggs
olive oil

Heat oven to 350°

Peel and cut potatoes into 1/8 to 1/4  inch slices.

Heat one or two frying pans and saute the potato slices in olive
slowly, until almost tender. Add salt and pepper.

Cut onion in half and slice thinly. Add onion to the potato mixture
and continue to saute until the onions and the potatoes are tender.  I
like the onions and potatoes to start to turn a bit golden.

Add a couple of teaspoons of olive oil or butter to two cake pans.
Place in oven to heat.

Beat up eggs and season with salt and pepper.

Gently toss the potato mixture into eggs. Pour mixture into the two
heated cake pans.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until eggs are set and the
omelette is golden and puffy.

For breakfast cut into wedges and  serve   Can be served with a salsa
as well.

As an appetizer, cut into small squares and serve with a nice Spanish
Red Rioja. 

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  1. This sounds delish...a bit like a frittata. Like the idea of using the ovn!

  2. I grew up on this in Andalucia, southern Spain! Thanks for bringing back the memories. I will most definitely try this!

  3. Looks so hearty and delicious. This was agood choice!

  4. holaaaaaaaaaaa, me gusta mucho tu blog, pero tengo que decirte que en España nunca hacemos la tortilla de patatas en el horno.
    Te voy a pasar mi receta , eres una estupenda cocinera seguro que lo haras muy bien , felicidades por tu estupenda cocina desde ESPAÑA http://cocinaconcatalina.blogspot.com.es/2011/04/tortilla-de-patatas-spanish-omelette.html


  5. Catalina, Thank you for your offer. I have often made the tortilla the traditional way. Baking it in the oven is just one more option. Thanks again. ~Ann


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