Now that we have lots and lots of eggs from our dear hens, we are trying to get creative in the kitchen! Spanish tortilla is a favorite of mine because it is a quick, really easy recipe and you can throw any vegetable in there to avoid food waste. Diced bell peppers, jalapeños, garlic, tomatoes… will fit perfectly. This recipe I made with a zucchini, but the real Spanish tortilla is just potatoes and eggs.
You will need
6 eggs or more, depending on the size of your pan.
1lb of potatoes
garlic and onion if you like
salt and pepper.
First, I fry the potatoes in small dices, when they are golden I remove the extra oil and put them back in the pan (with raw zucchini in the picture). You can also add lightly fried onion and some chopped garlic. The real Spanish tortilla uses boiled potatoes but I find fried ones give it a crunch and a bit more taste.
Beat the eggs with salt and pepper to taste (I add a splash of milk for a lighter mix) then pour over the potatoes on the pan. It should cover them or almost.
Cook for 5 minutes on a light fire. It is then time to flip the tortilla. That’s the hard part. Because my pan is big, I used a chopping board to flip it, you can use a plate. Put it over the pan, hold it firmly, and flip the pan so the plate is now down with the pan over it. Remove the pan and put it back over the fire. This is what the tortilla looks like when flipped, but because the bottom is still uncooked you have to act quick or the eggs will run.
Put the flipped tortilla back on the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes. If the running eggs made a bit of a mess in the pan, use a spatula to put the tortilla back together.
Voila! Your tortilla is ready to eat. I generally let it cool down a little then cut it in squares a put toothpicks to share. You can add a little bit of ketchup on top.
This tortilla can also be made with some cheese, mushrooms, ham, bacon, any ingredient you would put in a regular omelet or frittata.
6 eggs $1.5
1lb potatoes $0.5
1 garlic clove, 1/4 onion, salt and pepper $0.25
Total for 4-6 servings $2.25.
The cost is really low, especially if you are serving it at a party instead of commercial snacks, a tub of Pringles costs $2.5 at my nearby supermarket.