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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Tortilla Española: Comfort Food, Spanish Style

My mother-in-law is a Spaniard. She is also an amazing cook. One of my first experiences with her cooking, and a dish in which I now take pride, is the national dish of Spain . . .

No, it's not paella . . .

Tortilla española. This simple, delicious staple of Spanish cuisine can be found on the menu of every restaurant in Spain, every tapas menu here in the States and in the belly of just about every Spaniard at least once a week.

It doesn't get much simpler . . .comfort food at its best. It starts with eggs and potatoes. But then the magic happens. And by magic, I mean all of the other ingredients you can add to change up the flavor, like onion, garlic and pepper (as seen above) or chorizo (Spanish sausage).

And, technically, it doesn't even have to be made with potato. You can use leftover rice or even polenta. It's easy, it's hearty, and it's all muy delicioso.

Serve it with a simple salad drizzled with good Spanish olive oil and a sprinkling of salt, a piece of rustic bread, a glass of rioja and you're good to go.

Here's one link for a recipe and here's another. 

Bon provecho!

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