Monday, October 12, 2009

Life is Beautiful: Celebrate Columbus Day with - Tortilla de patatas

Known as 'the man who discovered America',

Columbus was in fact trying to find a westward sea passage

to the Orient when he landed in the New World in 1492.

This unintentional discovery was to change

the course of world history.

Posthumous portrait of Christopher Columbus by Ridolfo Ghirlandaio.
There are no known authentic portraits of Columbus.

Why not celebrate the the Columbus day with a Spanish omelette? or in Spanish "Tortilla de patatas". Spanish National Flower is Carnation.
  • 1/2 pint of olive oil
  • 5 medium baking potatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 6 large eggs
  • salt
  • parsley and cherry tomatoes

Potatoes, peeled and sliced, sprinkled with salt.
Add potato slices carefully into the 10" skillet with heated olive oil. Turning the potatoes occasionally to avoid sticking together and cooked evenly; cooked for about 5 minutes. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and cook until the potatoes are tender.

Drain into a colander, leaving about 3 tablespoon of oil in the skillet.
Whisk the eggs with a pinch of salt in a large bowl. Add the cooked potatoes and stir well. Be sure all potatoes are well coated with eggs. Then pour the mixture into the very hot oil in the skillet, spreading them evenly to cover the base of the skillet. Lower the heat to medium and continue to cook.
Shaking the pan gently a few times; when the omelette is 3/4 set, use a big plate to cover the skillet and invert the omelette away from the hand holding the plate (so as not to burn your hand with any escaping oil). Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and slide the omelette back into the skillet on its uncooked side. Cook until completely set.

Timing is important. If omelette is not at least half set, flipping the omelette would be a disaster in your kitchen!
Allow the omelette to cool, and then cut into wedges. Garnished with parsley and cherry tomatoes. Serve warm or at room temperature with a glass of spanish red wine!

Serve 4.

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