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Spanish Tortilla

Spanish Tortilla

Spain is famous for its tapas, hot, cold, spicy, sweet, salty, tangy little bites that accompany drinks before dinner. I am a huge fan of tapas and the tortilla EspaƱola happens to be my absolute favourite. I like it piping hot out of the oven, at room temperature or even cold from the fridge. It makes a great appetizer or a very filling vegetarian lunch, it also makes a light but delicious dinner when served with a salad.

The potatoes and onions are traditionally deep fried at low temperature so that they don’t take on a colour, and then mixed with eggs and cooked on the stove-top. I prefer using less oil and baking it in the oven like a frittata.

  • 1 1/2 lbs potatoes (I used Yukon Gold)
  • 2 large onions
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly groun black pepper
  • 7 large eggs, at room temperature

Spanish Tortilla

Preheat the oven to 350F, grease a baking dish with oil, set aside.

Peel and slice the potatoes and the onions, in a large shallow pot, place the potatoes and top with the onions, season with salt and pepper (do not mix the potatoes with the onions), pour over the oil, cover with a lid and cook over medium heat until the onions have wilted and the potatoes are almost cooked, turn off the heat and let the potatoes cool, at this point some or most of the oil can be drained before mixing with the eggs.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl, add the potatoes and onions, season with salt and pepper and transfer it to the prepared baking dish, bake for 45-50 minutes or until the tortilla looks golden brown on top.

If you prefer cooking it on the stove-top, instead of using the baking dish, transfer the mixture to a hot skillet, cook on one side until it starts to set and flip it using a large plate, cutting board or a lid, cook on the other side. Serve hot, warm or cold.

Spanish Tortilla


17 comments to Spanish Tortilla

  • This looks wonderful -lighter than a dairy based gratin. Will have to try it.

  • Megi, this looks amazing, such a nice presentation, now I want to make some too :)

  • Greek Girl from Queens

    And here I was, wondering what I’d make for dinner tonight, as both hubby and myself are bored with the same old, same old each evening. These photos are beutiful Megi, and I’m going to make it tonight.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Yum, Megi! This look absolutely delicious! I LOVE, LOVE tapas…I’ve been meaning to make this dish. Just love your version with using less oil and baking it. I think the idea is briliant! Thank you for sharing this recipe…

  • I’ve seen quite a few recipes of Spanish Tortillas that sounded yummy- but this is the first time I’ve seen such delicious looking photos that make I wish I had a slice right now!

  • I’ve attempted spanish tortillas before but have yet to make one that is as pretty as this! Obviously I need to try out your recipe!

  • Beautiful! Like a work of art! I appreciate your using less oil and making a healthier version. This is a perfect tapa for upcoming summer parties!

  • You did a fabulous job with the tortillas. It’s a dish everyone loves and anything as good looking as yours simply has to be good. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Ohhhh!…My hubby LOVES potatoes and I will bookmark this! Megi, your dish looks absolutely delicious! I love your new banner too, it’s very very attractive. Have a beautiful day!

  • It looks beautiful and tasty! I have to tell you that my daughter has lived in Spain the past year while attending college and she is so sick of the bland food and potatoes!

  • Megi, this looks fabulous! I’ve made omelette with potatoes many times, but never tried combining these in your way. A must try recipe for me.Thanks!

  • Dawn

    Megi, too funny that you make this! I have had it on my list since I had spanish tortilla at our farm pot luck and I pulled two boxes of potatoes. Yours looks so good I can’t wait to get home and make it. No more procrastinating!

  • Megi, What a great job on this potato dish.I will have to try it! I also wanted to let you know I have passed on an award to you that you can pick up on my blog. Congrats! You deserve it!

  • This is a beautiful potato dish. I love potatoes casserole!

  • I am making one right now! I had one bookmarked since I had some at the farm to table pot luck I attended but once I saw yours it pushed me over the edge. Gorgeous! I couldn’t wait a minute longer to try it.

  • LindenTea

    Hi Dawn, I remember the beautiful potatoes you picked at the farm! I really hope you liked the tortilla, please let me when you get a chance. :)

  • Megicim, I tried this recipe and it was wonderful. it is a very nice alternative to the fried spanish tortilla and was very delicious.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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