In honor of Spain’s recent win in the World Cup, I decided that I wanted to cook my way through a Spanish cookbook that has been lingering in my collection for several years. I’m allowing myself to skip 10 (of 150+) recipes, with extra special dispensation given to pulpo gallego in honor of Paul the psychic octopus, who called the game in favor of España. While I’ve made a few recipes from the cookbook, tonight marked the first meal since taking on this challenge.
AND unfortunately, it was a disappointment. The fava beans were obviously past their prime, and so lacked the firm texture and fresh taste from earlier in the season. The potatoes – harvested from our garden – crisped up nicely, but made for a super bland texture with the already bland beans. The tortilla didn’t set in the middle, though I was able to easily invert it out and back into the pan. We used medium eggs instead of extra large, which may have had something to do with how the dish set up, but shouldn’t have made THAT much of a difference.
I was also perplexed by the serving size. The tortilla recipe on the facing page called for fewer extra ingredients beyond the classic eggs, onions, and potatoes, but served 4-6. This recipe, intended to be served in cubes as tapas, was supposed to serve 2. We both had generous portions topped with a lot of hot sauce, and still had more than half of the tortilla remaining.
I’m including the recipe below roughly as written, and would love your ideas for how to improve it. Or maybe we’ll just stick with frittatas.
Tortilla with Beans
Adapted from Spanish
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 Spanish onions, thinly sliced
11 ounces waxy potatoes, cut into dice
1 3/4 cups shelled and peeled broad (fava) beans
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, oregano or summer savory
6 extra large eggs
3 tablespoons mixed chopped fresh chives and fresh Italian parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a deep non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and potatoes and stir to coat. Cover and cook gently for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked and the onions are translucent. Add the beans and thyme (or oregano or summer savory) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well and cook 2-3 minutes. Beat the eggs with salt, pepper, and the remaining herbs. Pour over the potatoes and onions and increase the heat slightly. Cook until the egg sets on the bottom, pushing the tortilla away from the edge of the pan so that the uncooked egg can run underneath. Cover the pan with a large plate and invert the tortilla out onto it. Add the remaining oil to the pan, then slip the now upside-down tortilla back in and cook for 3-4 more minutes. Serves 4-6.