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Home cooked Spanish Tortilla de Patatas!

Tiny Adventures in Spain:  A dinner invite in Spanish wine country turns into a lesson in making Tortilla de Patatas!

I was now ending my first month in Spain and hey, wait a minute!  Was it the weekend again?  It was indeed, and guess what I had planned?  Another evening of stuffing my face with a fantastic home cooked meal at my beautiful friend Marianna's house.  I had been yapping up a storm about how impressed I was with the Pincho de Tortilla (to any Spaniard that would listen), which landed me this personal invitation to a home cooked version.  The restaurant version was similar to a pan-fried potato frittata, but in tapa form, and stabbed with a toothpick.  I enjoyed this tapa for the first time at a restaurant called Cafe Marisa in my small Catalan wine village a couple of weeks earlier.     

As soon as I realized that I could order this dish all around town in a sandwich version (Bocadillo de Tortilla), it became my "go to" along with the Bocadillo de Jamon (Cured Ham Sandwich) as I still struggled to interpret all the Spanish and Catalan written food menus in my Spanish village on a daily basis.  

There would be no struggle today, however, because I received a golden front row ticket.  Not only for the enjoyment of eating this lovely dish called Tortilla de Patatas but for also watching, front, and center, how Spaniards prepare this tasty potato and egg filled beauty at home.  Woohoo!  I was fascinated and counting down the moments until dinner time on this very day. 

As the clock struck dinner, I showed up around 8 pm and just like in the U.S. it's always nice to come with a bottle of wine or cava.  However, in this case, Marianna had a hankering for her favorite sweet treat that was found at a small family bakery on my way to her house that evening.  This desert brought me, and my new friend, jubilant post-dinner delight that night.  

Nothing, however, would plaster the grin on my face more than watching Virgili, our chef for the evening, working his magic with fresh, simple ingredients that we don't seem to cherish as much as we should back at home in the U.S.A.  Vegetable oil, eggs, potato, onions, salt, and pepper never came together in such harmony before!  

Step 1:  Start by sauteing sliced potatoes in vegetable oil until golden brown.  

Step 2: Add in the onions next for three additional minutes.  

Step 3:  Add in salt.  Please note, you will be hard-pressed to find a Spanish kitchen not stocked with a big container of quick access salt for cooking all meals. 

Step 4:  Beat three eggs with milk and add in to the mix.  Cook for ten minutes.

Step 5:  Continue to scrape the sides of the pan and gently pat the top with spatula while cooking to keep it from sticking to the sides of the pan and loosing it's shape. 

Step 6:  Here's the fun part, using a plate flip the Tortilla over onto the other side and cook for another ten minutes until finished. 

Viola!  Home-cooked Spanish Tortilla de Patatas!

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
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Spanish Recipe

Hi Jeanne, Thanks for the Tortilla de Patatas recipe! I will have to give it a try to hold me over until I get to Spain.

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