Potato and Broccoli Tortilla

15 Jun

A tasty tortilla

Now, I´m not laying claim to this being the most authentic of Spanish tortillas. For a start, the most famous is the potato one, sometimes with onions added.  Secondly, the potato is cooked from raw in a fairly significant amount of olive oil, very slowly until tender. It´s wonderful, but when I´m at home I try to cut out a few calories and this is how I make my tortilla. To be honest, no one seems to have noticed the lack of oil!

For a Spanish tortilla to be successful, i.e. to be able to turn it over half way through cooking without ending up with an eggy mess all over the kitchen floor there are a couple of things which I have found help in the process:

  • A large quantity of filling in relation to egg – the egg just binds the ingredients together
  • A deep high sided pan (you´ll see from the photos that mine is very old and battered but it´s perfect for making a one person/two egg tortilla and I won´t throw it away!)
  • A very, very low heat
  • A lid to put over the tortilla in the first stage of cooking
  • Slow cooking, it takes patience, this is not a speedy French omelette

So, for one person, this is what I use, just multiply the ingredients for more people and of course, use a bigger pan! This makes a tortilla large enough for a decent supper or light lunch, served with salad, bread and of course a glass of wine.

  • Two eggs
  • Cold cooked, peeled potatoes
  • Any other vegetable, cooked, that you want to use in your tortilla
  • Salt and Pepper
  • About a tablespoon of olive oil
  • A tablespoon of milk

Start by putting the oil into the frying pan and then chopping your potato into small chunks.  Also add the vegetables if using. You want the potatoes and vegetables to fill the pan almost to the top.

Warm them through turning them over gently so that they are all covered in the oil for a few minutes.

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In a bowl beat the eggs, seasoning and milk with a fork then add the potato mix to the eggs and mix it all in gently with a spoon.

You should have a little oil left in the pan, but if not a tiny splash extra will be sufficient.

Pour the egg and potato mixture into the pan, turn the heat down to the lowest setting, put the lid on the pan and then leave the bottom half to cook slowly.  Depending on how large your tortilla is, this could take a while.  The two egg tortilla takes about 10 minutes.

Every so often, press gently on the sides with a wooden spoon or spatula to see if it is browning underneath. When it is a lovely golden brown and the top is set, it´s time to flip it over!

You can use a plate, or two plates (tip out onto one plate, invert onto another and then back into the pan).  I have a plastic tortilla “flipper” which has a small handle underneath.  You turn the tortilla onto it then slide it back into the pan.  A flat saucepan lid would work just as well.

Now turn the heat up a little, leave the lid off and cook for about another 4-5 minutes until the bottom has turned the same lovely golden brown.  Leave it to stand for a minute or two once it is cooked, then turn it out onto your plate and enjoy.

Thanks go out to JamieAnne at A Dash of Domestic for her wonderful tutorial on how to insert a slide show!

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26 Responses to “Potato and Broccoli Tortilla”

  1. Ria June 15, 2011 at 08:34 #

    That looks lovely – craving a tortilla now. Guess what I’m having for lunch?!

    • chicaandaluza June 15, 2011 at 08:42 #

      It was indeed delicious! Go on, get those eggs out of the fridge….and thanks for the “visit”, lovely to see you here!

  2. thecompletecookbook June 15, 2011 at 10:27 #

    Your slide show was great fun to watch – well done on getting it right. 🙂 I too have a couple of old pans that I just cannot throw out! Hope they make a tortilla as good as yours.
    🙂 Mandy

    • chicaandaluza June 15, 2011 at 11:19 #

      Glad the slideshow worked – took me ages to upload the photos though 🙂 The old battered pots and pans are often the best. I still have some of my grandmother´s cake tins she must have got as wedding presents in the 1940s to make Victoria Sandwiches in – and they work fantastically!

  3. Rachel June 15, 2011 at 12:41 #

    Aha! So, perhaps the difference between “tortilla” and “frittata” is the ratio of egg to “not-egg”? (grin) Looks beautiful… and the slideshow is *very* cool! Keep ’em coming!

    • chicaandaluza June 15, 2011 at 14:13 #

      Who knows! My Italian aunties made frittata and each one did it differently too! Thanks for the kind words….

  4. JamieAnne June 15, 2011 at 14:09 #

    The slideshow looks marvelous! Well done! 🙂

  5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide June 15, 2011 at 16:30 #

    Links, slide shows… you do it all! Love this recipe. And it turns out so crisp and golden looking.

    • chicaandaluza June 15, 2011 at 16:40 #

      Just working on the dry ice and disco lights and I´ll be set….! The slow cooking with the lid on does ensure a cooked through tortilla with a golden outside. It really works!

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  7. chaiselongue1 June 15, 2011 at 20:39 #

    That looks delicious! We have a wooden version of your tortilla turner, bought in Navarra. I always think it looks like a wooden beret, but it’s very useful. Now I’m going to see if I can find out how to put a slide show in my posts!

    • chicaandaluza June 16, 2011 at 05:41 #

      Your turner sounds much grander than mine – I´m jealous now! Do go to the tutorial on slideshows, it´s actually very straightforward to do and lets you put in plenty of snaps (and you always take such lovely ones).

  8. Ria June 19, 2011 at 11:45 #

    Tortilla update – hold the front page! I’ve just watched a ‘Come Dine With Me’ programme where the cook whisked the egg whites seperately and then mixed in the potato, filling and egg yolks. His family were Spanish and he said it was how his mother always did it to make super fluffy tortillas……………..controversial. I have to say it did look lovely though! 🙂

    • chicaandaluza June 19, 2011 at 14:10 #

      One of Big Man´s sisters also does this and I have to say, out of all the (many) sisters, her tortilla is the best. Maybe I should have more patience and give this a go too!

  9. ....RaeDi June 20, 2011 at 00:27 #

    I love this, we have this type of meal (with fresh salad) about once a month, I will try it your way, it looks easier than my way!….RaeDi

    • chicaandaluza June 20, 2011 at 06:48 #

      It´s such an easy meal to prepare, and there´s always something lurking in the fridge to jazz it up! Use the lid method it really does work well!

  10. Fired Up Cooking SA June 21, 2011 at 14:16 #

    I do something similar with left-overs, but don’t flip it, just pop it under the grill. Maybe that’s a frittata?? Your tortilla is WAY cooler, looks so good. And I am hectically impressed by your slideshow – off to check out the link, thanks for including it 🙂

    • chicaandaluza June 21, 2011 at 15:26 #

      I think you´re right re the tortilla vs frittata thing – I don´t think there´s much difference in the way they turn out! And leftovers are perfect for these kinds of dishes…Do check out the slideshow link, it´s really straighforward.

  11. Promenade Claire November 3, 2013 at 17:08 #

    Flip and slide – I’m there!

    • Chica Andaluza November 3, 2013 at 17:32 #

      If you’re making a large one and you’re not confident flipping it – stick it under the grill for a few minutes to firm up then flip!

      • Promenade Claire November 3, 2013 at 17:50 #

        Thanks honey! I think I’m in a flippant mood 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza November 3, 2013 at 18:19 #

        Best way to be on a dark Sunday afternoon 🙂

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