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Now to my post…I know what you are thinking; that I am making my poor house guest cook Spanish delicacies for us all day. Well, although that is partially true, she is also enjoying sharing her skills and her culture with us, I swear!
The following treat she made for us proved to me that if you want to make something authentic, sometimes you just have to go ahead and deep fry like she did with these potatoes. Yes, one can make this dish with steamed potatoes but that version will not bring you back to the cafes in Sevilla where you are enjoying your fatty tortilla de patatas with a glass of Rioja. Live it up once in a while. Then fast for a week :-).
Ana’s Tortilla de Patatas:
4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1 cm. sized pieces
4 TBS olive oil
6 eggs, beaten, then divided in half and placed in bowl
1/2 tsp kosher salt
In a medium sized frying pan, heat up oil. When hot (when a potato piece sizzles) add the potatoes. Fry until they are tender, stirring often so they do not stick to the pan. It should take about 15 minutes or so until they are tender. When done,leave on a paper towel covered plate to absorb excess oil.
Stir salt into the beaten eggs.
In a small sized frying pan, over low to medium heat, preferably non-stick if you can handle the potential toxins :-(, place half the potatoes and 3 of the beaten eggs. Let sit, lifting sides of egg mixture toward the middle with a spatula once it starts getting cooked on the edges a bit, to let the runny egg part leak into the perimeter of the pan to cook.
When sides are pretty cooked, flip over with a wide spaula and cook for a couple minutes more.
Set on a plate and make the next one. Enjoy!
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