By: Canadian Budget Binder
Every year close to summer we get this urge to make this Spanish Potato Sausage Tortilla treat that was taught to us from one of our friends from Spain. She rallied around the food we had in Canada when she was visiting but really missed her Potato Tortilla known as the Tortilla de Patatas in Spain. She would not only eat this at home but it is served at local tapas bars, cafe and restaurants as appetizers common in Spain.
Essentially it’s one large Spanish omelette known as a Tortilla Espanola. So we worked together to formulate this traditional Spanish recipe that would be similar to her mothers in Spain. If you love potatoes you will love this Spanish potato dish or as some of my friends call the “Spanish Potato Pie” which works for me.
It was easy for me to compare the tortilla to my Sausage Frittata which is made with pasta and quite delicious. The best part about both the pasta frittata and the Spanish tortilla is that they are show pieces at any gathering. You will always have people fascinated by this dish because it’s something we don’t see so often in Canadian cuisine.
Although the prep and process to make this Spanish tortilla is time consuming it is well worth it which you will note when you take your first bite. We have since modified the Spanish tortilla to test different variations. Below you will find our latest variation which consists of sausage, onions and green peppers. We scoured our pantry looking for items we needed using up and the following Mr.CBB’s Spanish Potato Tortilla was born.
Typically you would only have the potato, onion and garlic in the tortilla. The cost to go out to a restaurant to eat this compared to making it at home will blow you away. To make this easy Spanish tortilla for 6 will cost you about $10 as opposed to buying a pizza for $30 at your favourite eatery. Prices always depend on where you live as grocery costs differ all over the world.
So I hope that your mouth is beginning to water and that you try my tortilla recipe and let me know what you think of it!
Potato Spanish Tortilla Recipe (Spanish Omelette)
- Prep Time- 30- mins
- Cook Time- 20 mins
- Cost- Approximately $10 to make even cheaper if you can find some great grocery deals.
- Servings-10-12 appetizers or 6 if you are serving large pieces as a main
- Suggested with: Mixed Green and Spring Vegetable Tossed Salad with a lemon, olive oil, garlic vinaigrette
- Wine- I like a Cabernet–Merlot
- Beer- We like Brava
- Large deep non-stick frying pan
- Large non-rimmed plate that fits over the top of the frying pan with extra circumference – We use a large Charger Plate from our Dining room.
- You can also purchase a 2 piece Tortilla Fry pan here
- Tongs- to turn sausages
- Cutting Board
- 3 tablespoon Salt
- 2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 cup dry parsley
- 1 cup fresh fennel ( the green only not the bulb)
- 8 large potatoes peeled and cut into 1/4 inch cut (see pic) you don’t want them too thin or they will break when frying
- 4 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
- 2 med onions peeled and chopped
- 1 green pepper chopped into small pieces
- 20 mini sizzlers (or whatever sausage you prefer)
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 8 large eggs
- 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- sour cream dollop for garnish and chives
How To Make A Potato Tortilla
- In a smaller frying pan sauté the onions and green peppers with a tablespoon of salt and teaspoon of black pepper for about 5 minutes on med-high temperature. You want them veg to break down so they are not firm but not mushy.
- When the vegetables are cooked take them off the heat and let them cool
- In a separate frying pan cook your sausages until done, you really can use any sausages you like. Let cool for 5 minutes then cut into thin slices.
- In a large deep-frying pan add the olive oil and heat up, add in the chopped garlic and sauté for a minute. Add in the potatoes which you would have cut, cleaned and dried.
- Fry the potatoes on med heat trying not to turn them until they need to be otherwise you risk breaking them. I tend to turn them every 5 minutes. Cook them for a total of 15 -20 minutes until just lightly browned.
- Remove the potatoes into a sieve and let them drain and cool for 5 minutes
- Reserve the olive oil and any garlic bits in the frying pan at least enough to cover the bottom of the entire pan
- In a large bowl crack 8 large eggs, add in the parsley,fennel, paprika, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper and mix together
- Add the cooked potatoes and sausages to the above mixture along with the onions, green peppers, and mix it all gently.
- Heat the oil in the large frying pan on med heat and pour the mixture into the frying pan. Use a spatula to go around the edges of the pan to push all the potatoes down.
- Cook this on medium heat for about 15 minutes.. you can put the spatula on the side of the tortilla to lift a bit to see if it is browned underneath. The key is to cook long and slow as opposed to on high heat. You want a golden colour.
- Once you are ready for your first flip, get a large charger plate and a tea towel and put the plate on top of the frying pan and the tea towel on top.
- Bring the frying pan to the kitchen sink and carefully invert the pan so the tortilla slides onto the plate ( be very careful as any hot oil can burn you)
- Slide the tortilla from the plate back into the frying pan to cook the other side for about 10 minutes on med heat until golden.
- The last flip is performed like above, always do it over the sink, slide the tortilla onto the plate and it’s done
- Let the potato tortilla rest at least 10 minutes before you cut it so it can set
- Once it has rested you can cut into 6 meal size portions or 10-12 appetizer portions
- Sprinkle freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano on top
- Garnish with sour cream and fresh chives
In Spain they serve the Spanish Tortilla (Spanish Omelette) as a tapas or add a slice in between crusty bread or a baguette which they call a bocadillo or a sandwich in Spanish.
You can also serve the tortilla with a tuna pasta salad, cucumber radish salad with fresh mint, tomato chick pea salad or a mixed green and spring vegetable tossed salad with a lemon, olive oil, garlic vinaigrette and a glass of suggested wine or Beer of your choice.
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