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      RECIPE TITLE "Potato Omelet Recipe"
    Source: The Heritage of Spanish Cooking,
    courtesy of

    yieldsServes 4 time--- difficultyeasy

    In Spain, the humble potato omelet, the tortilla, is revered like a priceless work of art. Round, yellow and resplendent, it is worshiped like a sun god. It is perhaps the most versatile and widely accepted dish in Spanish cuisine. It can be eaten hot or cold, while sitting down at a table or standing at the counter of a bar, in a sandwich on the train or as part of a picnic in the country.

    The popular writer of fables from the Canary Islands Tomas de Iriarte observed in the mid-eighteenth century: ". . .then someone invented la tortilla and now everyone cries Que maravilla!"


    • 1 1/2 lb potatoes
    • 1 1/3 cups olive oil
    • Salt
    • 6 eggs
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    Peel and rinse the potatoes, then slice finely and pat dry with a cloth.

    Heat the oil in a deep skillet (frying pan) and add the potatoes. Deep-fry on medium heat, with a lid on, for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The pieces should be soft but not brown. When the potatoes are cooked, remove from the pan and drain in a colander. Add a little salt.

    Beat the eggs lightly, just enough to mix the whites and the yolks. Add salt if necessary. Mix in the potatoes, stirring with a fork.

    Heat a little of the oil again - just enough to cover the base of the skillet - and add the egg mixture, shaking the pan to avoid sticking. Cook for 2 minutes, or until just set.

    Cover the pan with a wide plate or lid, then, holding it firmly with the flat of your hand, turn the pan upside-down. Slide the omelet from the plate or lid back into the pan and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes. It should be quite runny inside. Transfer to a large plate and serve.

    Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

      Nutrition Facts
    Serves 4
    Facts per Serving
    Calories: 862 Fat: 79g Carbohydrates: 28g
    Cholesterol: 319mg Sodium: 101mg Protein: 12g
    Fiber: 2g % Cal. from Fat: 82% % Cal. from Carbs: 13%


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