Saturday, September 25, 2010

Spanish Tortilla

After making Portuguese green soup this week, we had leftover linguica, and I decided to make a Spanish tortilla, using Portuguese sausage in place of the Spanish chorizo.

When I announced my intention of making a Spanish tortilla, my husband became excited. "You won't like it," I responded. "Of course I'll like it!" he insisted. "You won't mind the eggs and the potatoes?" I queried (he despises both foods). Puzzled, he said, "Huh?"

Obviously, my husband had the Mexican tortilla confused with a Spanish one, which is more like a fantastic omelette, layered with potatoes and onions. I found a recipe online and tweaked it a bit. I used a cast-iron skillet, which works wonderfully for browning the tortilla and the meat, and can easily be used on both the stove top and oven.

Linguica made a wonderful substitution for the chorizo. I stuck with fresh parsley for the herbs and accidentally substituted fennel for the leek, but it still tasted amazing. Here are the basic stages of the process, followed by the recipe.

Once all of the ingredients have been combined, the tortilla will cook in the skillet,
first on the stove, then in the oven to brown the top.

Finally, you turn it out onto a plate...

Slice it up (here's the cross-section view)...

And serve it up. It will be gorgeous, brown and crusty on the top,
with delicate layers of egg, potato, sausage, onion and leek underneath.

Spanish Tortilla

Few dashes red pepper flakes
Small handful of chopped herbs (parsley, chives or chervil, or combination)
Olive oil
1/2 Spanish onion, thinly sliced
1/4 lb. potato, VERY thinly sliced
1/2 leek (white part), washed well and finely sliced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
1/4 lb. dried chorizo or linguica, sliced and quartered
6 free-range eggs

Preheat the oven to 450F. Place the red pepper flakes and herbs in a large bowl. Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron or saute pan over medium low heat and saute the onions until soft. Add the potatoes and leeks to the pan and when soft, add the garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes. Place ingredients in the bowl with the red pepper flakes and herbs. Wipe out the saute pan with paper towels and return to the heat. Saute the sausage for about 5 minutes or until crisp, then add to the bowl of ingredients.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs with a fork and season with a little salt and pepper. Add eggs to large bowl with other ingredients. Heat a little more olive oil in the pan and swirl to coat. Add all of the ingredients to the pan. Cook on one side until the eggs are set (the top will be runny still). Then, place pan in oven until the tortilla is light brown and firm to the touch (check after 5 minutes). Leave to set for 5 minutes, then turn onto a serving platter.


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