Spanish Tortilla

July 27, 2010

I just noticed that I passed the half way mark in my quest to make 100 new recipes in 2010. Given that the year is more than half over, I’m a little behind the pace. But I’m feeling good about it: the weather is warm and I’m in the mood to cook.

A Spanish Tortilla is similar to an omelet or frittata; it has no relation whatsoever to a Mexican flour or corn tortilla. The recipes are here and the garlic mayonnaise is here.

Spanish Tortilla with Potatoes, Onions, Peas and Roasted Red Peppers.

Start by slicing potatoes and onions thin and and cook for 30 minutes in a 10-inch skillet. Beat together 8 eggs, 1/2-cup peas and 1/2-cup diced roasted red pepper, then add the cooked potatoes and onions to bowl. Add everything back to hot skillet, cooking the first side for 4 minutes. Flip using the plate-to-plate method, and then add back to skillet to finish the other side for 4 minutes.  Let rest on a cutting board for 15 minutes before slicing.

Rating: 4-stars. The tortilla was good; balanced flavors, firm texture. The potatoes were slightly (perhaps 5 minutes) undercooked. But the tortilla itself has very mild flavors; so the Garlic Mayonnaise was important. This was the major problem; The Garlic Mayonnaise was an utter failure. The amount of ingredients was so small that the food processor was ineffective; ending with a sauce like consistency.

Problems

  1. The first flip was a disaster. The tortilla broke and didn’t quite make it all the way onto the plate.  To recover, put everything back into pan and ended up giving it an extra plate-to-plate flip. In the end, nobody could tell.
  2. Overall cooking times seem to low; the tortilla took 4 minutes rather than 2 minutes for the egg to get spotty brown. Also, I think 35 minutes would have been better for the potatoes.
  3. Garlic Mayonnaise, which is a traditional accompaniment, did not turn into mayonnaise.  It stayed liquefied and I used as a sauce. It was so unappealing that I almost didn’t bring it to the table, but the taste was good nonetheless. I just told people it was a sauce rather than mayonnaise.

Rating: 4 stars.
Cost: $5.75
How much work? Medium.
How big of a mess?  Medium.
Start time 5:00 PM. Dinner time 6:15pm

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