Friday, 27 January 2012

Spanish Tortilla Omelette with Smoky Bacon

The Spanish would no doubt use chorizo rather than bacon and I guess a tradtional tortilla recipe wouldn't actually have either.  However, I had some particularly good smoked bacon waiting to be used, and in my opinion, it makes all the difference to this Spanish Omelette recipe and lifts it from the plain to the tasty!

Spanish Tortilla Omelette with Bacon

10 ml olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into thin strips
4 medium size starchy potatoes, thinly sliced
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt

Serves 4

It's best to select starchy potatoes for this recipe and these will be ones labelled good for baking, mashing and frying.  Varieties such as Estima, King Edward, Maris Piper and Desiree should be suitable.

In a large frying pan, fry the onions and bacon till soft.  Add the potatoes and cook slowly for about 30 minutes until they are soft.  Remove from the heat.  Beat together 4 eggs and pour into the potatoes.  Stir around to coat all the vegetables with the egg.

Heat a small drop of olive oil in a very small frying pan (20 cm).  Transfer the egg & potato mixture to the small frying pan.  It will be full almost to the top.

Cook gently until the base of the tortilla is reasonably firm.  Test for this by sliding a spatula down the side of the pan.  Remove from the heat and turn the tortilla.  You can do this by placing a plate on top of the frying pan, inverting it and then sliding the tortilla back into the pan.  Neaten the edges by smoothing with the spatula.  Cook for no more than about 10 minutes.

Serve hot or cold with some salad.  I cut mine into 8 pieces:  one will be sufficient for smaller appetities and two is a generous portion.

Spanish Tortilla Omelette with Bacon

Approx Nutritional Values Per 1/4 Tortilla Serving
CaloriesFatSat FatProteinCarbsSugar
240 Kj12.23.811.919.22.0


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