Tortilla de patatas
This omelette will feed 3-4 people.
1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
3 medium-sized potatoes, peeled
salt and pepper
Cut each potato lengthways into quarters. Thinly slice the potatoes crossways. Soak in water to get rid of the excess starch and then drain.
Heat some olive oil in a frying pan, add the potatoes and sprinkle over some salt. Mix well so that they are thoroughly coated in the oil and begin frying on a high heat. Fry for 10-15 minutes, turning every 5 or so minutes. After you’ve turned the potatoes, turn the heat up for a minute or so and then cover and turn the heat down for another couple of minutes so that the potatoes get a bit of colour and cook in the steam at the same time.
After about 5 minutes, sprinkle over the onions and fry with the potatoes.
Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a bowl and beat. Season with salt and pepper.
When the potatoes are cooked, leave to cool down before combining with the egg.
Heat some oil in the frying pan and pour in the egg/potato mixture when the oil is hot. Set the timer for 3 minutes and cook on a high heat. Turn down the heat, cover and cook for another 3 minutes. Flip the tortilla. Turn the heat up and cook again for 3 minute on high before covering and turning down the heat for 2 minutes. Check the tortilla is cooked in the middle and serve.
I’ve found the easiest way to flip the tortilla is by using a flat saucepan lid with a handle. Hold the handle with a cloth to protect your hand, cover the pan and flip the tortilla so that the saucepan lid is horizontal.
It takes a bit of confidence to flip the tortilla, but you just have to take the bull by the horns and turn it. When you’ve got the semi-cooked tortilla on the lid, gently slide it back into the pan. Turn up the heat and gently shake the pan with circular movements to tidy up the edges, using a spatula if necessary to tuck any edges back under.
Garlic mayonnaise goes really well with the tortilla and is so easy to make. For a recipe and video, see this post.