Thursday, April 2, 2009

Tortilla de Patatas

My friend Julia, from Spain, invited me over to make a traditional Spanish dish - Tortilla de Patatas (a Spanish potato omelette).

It's slightly comical that she was teaching me how to make a Spanish dish and explaining it in German, but it's nice for both of us to use the German we've been working hard on mastering.

Between our travels and conflicting schedules I think it would be fun to start cooking with Julia and my other classmates (yes, you Cait!). We've all hit moments of frustration here in attempting to create a food from home that doesn't quite work out, due to the different ingredients or kitchen equipment. It would be a great refresher for our German and everyone loves delicious food!

If others would are interested in cooking together I think it would be a lot of fun to make a new cookbook of international recipes - direct from people who come from other places.

I don't know exactly what people would be interested in learning from America, although Andrea expressed in my blueberry muffins after he saw my most recent baked goods cookbook.

We'll see what happens!

So here are a few photos and the explanation of how to make a traditional 'Tortilla de Patatas'.

Julia said she makes this dish once every week or so and that it reminds her of home. She usually serves it for dinner with a salad and she loves making it to take to the biergartens.

The ingredients are simple: potatoes, eggs, onion, olive oil, salt, and the ingredients of your choice. 

Here's how we did it:

  • Skin the potatoes
  • Cut them into thin slices
  • Cut an onion to taste and add it to the potatoes
  • Heat some olive oil in a pan on the stove
  • Add the potato / onion mix and allow them to cook for 20 minutes or until soft and able to be broken up.
  • Next, the potatoes are added to a bowl and eggs are mixed in. 
  • In a separate pan, lightly coat it with olive oil and pour the combined eggs and potatoes together on medium-high heat. 
  • Julia's only secret for flipping the tortilla is using a footed plate that she can hold over the pan to slide it out and cook the other side. 
I added some fleur de sel, since I add it to virtually all foods. That's it - and the results are quick and delicious.


JoernandAllison said...

What fun!! German classes are cool because you meet people from so many places. How awesome that you met people who you can spend time with, and that is such an excellent way to practice your skills.
Bonus that you learned how to cook a Spanish dish! Yay!

Eve in Munich said...

I have made this dish quite often. I learned how to do it the spanisch way from my sister-in-law from Barcelona. Your instructions are very good too. It is always delicious and perfect (hot or cold) for brunch, dinner, picnic, appetizer etc. etc. Servus !

Cait said...

And it was a lovely Tortilla de Patatas, thank you!
Cooking with classmates sounds like fun, I'm sure you could remove a lot of myths about American food and maybe convince the Germans that you're not all cowboys... And I'll do Yorkshire puddings!

Emily said...

I think that's what I am going to miss most of all - I've learned so many interesting things from people in my courses.

I'm sure your sister in law has many wonderful recipes and I'm very envious she's from Barcelona. What an inspiring city. I'll have to keep this in mind for a picnic now that the weather is warming up.

You'll definitely have to teach me a thing or two about Yorkshire puddings. I'll have to look for recipes without tomatoes and onions for you - I think you have similar tastes as my sister!