Tortilla Española

Disclaimer: This post contains a recipe highlighting a different country or culture. While I strive for authenticity, I sometimes need to make adjustments to recipes due to ingredient availability.  

For this month’s Eat the World, we are heading to Spain.  I had fun researching Spain and seeing many recipe titles that I’ve seen in other countries that have a Spanish influence.  In fact, there is so much overlap, I started getting worried about authenticity as I researched online.

Just before Christmas, Dude and I were at the public library.  As he searched for a video game, I decided to head to the cookbooks to see if there was a cookbook featuring recipes from Spain.  There wasn’t.  However, there were several cookbooks featuring Mediterranean cooking, which includes Spain.  So, I checked a couple out and found a winner.  Here is my review:

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: [Over 270 Recipes]The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: [Over 270 Recipes] by Tess Mallos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great comprehensive cookbook for Mediterranean recipes. The book focuses more on recipes, with full color photographs are included every 3-4 pages, which, unfortunately are not labeled so the reader is left trying to guess which recipe is being shown (usually it's obvious, but not always).

I loved that the cookbook included the recipes from many Mediterranean countries with the title written in that country's language (translated to English in the subtitle). Each recipe also included the country of origin and a brief recipe description.

The recipe I made from the cookbook was easy to follow and delicious.

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I had a couple recipes dogeared as possibilities, but there was one that I had all the ingredients for right away: a Spanish Potato Omelette!  This is perfect for a light lunch or hearty breakfast. 


With a short list of ingredients, it is fairly easy to make…except for the flip.  My tortilla could not flip (wrong pan? Wrong technique?)  Regardless, this was delicious and I would totally make it again!

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Tortilla Española

Recipe from The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook

5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 ½ pounds potatoes, sliced

2 large onions, sliced

Salt & pepper

6 eggs, lightly beaten

Heat half the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Add the potatoes and onions and stir to mix.  Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally.

Pour the tender vegetables into a bowl to cool for 10 minutes and wipe the skillet clean.

Heat the remaining oil in the skillet over medium heat.  Gently fold the beaten eggs into the potato mixture and season generously with salt & pepper.

Pour the egg mixture into the skillet.  Cover and cook until set, about 15 minutes.

If desired, invert onto a plate, then return to the skillet to brown the topside (my Tortilla Española stuck to the pan and would not invert, so I left it and inverted for serving).

Cut into wedges and serve with sausages and salad.

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  2. Ireland: Cheesy Potato Soup with Irish Ale
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  5. Sweden: Rodbetssallad med Getost (Grated Beet Salad with Goat Cheese)
  6. New Zealand: Kiwi Burge
  7. France: Fougasse (Provencal Flatbread)
  8. Argentina: Chimichurri Sauce
  9. Mexico (Halloween Special): Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread)
  10. India: Spiced Golden Mil
  11. Poland: Chrusciki (Angel Wing Cookies)
  12. Ethiopia: Buticha (Hummus)
  13. England: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Leaky Cauldron-Style Mini Cottage Pie 
  14. Georgia: Lobiani (Bean-Stuffed Bread)
  15. Mexico: Crispy Pork Carnitas
  16. Cambodia: Loc Lac (Shredded Beef with Lime)
  17. Israel: Chicken Albondigas (Chicken Meatballs)
  18. Finland: Sima (Lemonade) 
  19. Puerto Rico: Arroz con Tocino  (Rice with Bacon)
  20. Egypt: Ghorayebah Cookies
  21. Ukraine: Scuffles (Rohalyky) Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
  22. Portugal: Bitoque (Steak & Eggs) 
  23. Germany (Christmas Special): Lebkuchenherzen (German "Gingerbread" Cookies) 
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  25. Iraq: T'bit (Slow Cooked Chicken & Brown Rice) 
  26. Fiji: Fijian Creamy Lentil Soup (Dhal) 
  27. Senegal: Cafe Touba (Senegalese Spiced Coffee) 
  28. Colombia: Cañón de Cerdo (Colombia-Style Pork Loin Roast) 
  29. Soul Food (United States): Oven-Baked Ribs with Cola BBQ Sauce 
  30. Bangladesh: Shemai (Sweet Vermicelli Pudding) 
  31. The Netherlands: Dutch Farmer’s Cheese Soup (Boerenkaas Soep) 
  32. Laos: Khao Piak Sen (Lao Chicken Noodle Soup) 
  33. Jamaica: Chicken &  Pumpkin Soup 
  34. Vietnam: Vietnamese Chicken Porridge (Chao Ga) 
  35. Sudan: Red Lentil Soup (Sudanese Addas) 
  36. Luxembourg: Bouchée à la Reine (Vol-au-Vent)
  37. Uruguay: Pasta Caruso
  38. China: Homemade Fortune Cookies
  39. Lesotho: Borotho Bread
  40. Scotland: Tattie Scones
  41. Native American Tribes of North America: Wild Rice, Squash, & Corn Soup
  42. Guyana: Butterflaps
  43. Greece: Cabbage Roll Rice Bowls
  44. Réunion Island: Rougail Z'Andouille
  45. Japan: Yoshinoya Beef Bowl (Gyudon)
  46. Australia: Fairy Bread
  47. Ecuador: Lentil Soup with Rice (Arroz con Menestra de Lentejas)
  48. Slovakia: Garlic & Potato Soup (Cesnaková Polievka)
  49. Turkey: Simit Bread
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  53. Wales: Cawl Cennin (Welsh-Style Leek & Potato Soup)
  54. Morocco: Kefta Tagine with Eggs in Tomato Sauce
  55. Bermuda: Bermuda Triangle Cocktail
  56. Philipines: Pork Siomai
  57. Chile: Chilean Beef & Corn Shepherd's Pie (Pastel de Choclo)
  58. Slovenia: Slovenian Flatbread (Belokranjska Pogača)
  59. Lebanon: Ka’ak (Lebanese Purse Bread)
  60. Congo: Moambe Chicken (Congo Poulet Moambe)
  61. Guatamala: Fiambre (Guatemalan Salad)
  62. Austria: Viennese Kaiser Rolls
  63. French Polynesia: Vanilla Bean Lemonade
  64. Seychelles: Creole Rice
  65. Switzerland: Bündner Gerstensuppe (Swiss Barley Soup)
  66. Brazil: Brigadeiro (Brazilian Fudge Balls)
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  68. Spain: Tortilla Española (Potato Omelette)