Spanish Omelette: When A Tortilla Has Nothing To Do With A Burrito
La Tortilla Española, also known simply as tortilla or, in English, as Spanish Omelette is another staple in the kitchen of any Spanish home cook. Each household has their favorite recipe; some prefer their tortilla runny, while others like it cooked through. Spaniards often debate as to the shape of the potatoes in their Spanish Omelette (cubed or sliced?) and whether or not the recipe should include onions (fights have surely broken out over that debate!).
Madrid is full of authentic tapas bars with a hearty slice of tortilla española on the menu. But be careful when ordering– it is the type of dish that can either be excellent or terrible, depending on its preparation.
Whatever you do, remember that tortilla española is never to be confused with Mexican flour or corn tortillas— the word may be the same but the concept could not be more different!
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Lauren grew up in an Italian-American family where 3-hour meals were the norm. After 10 years in the restaurant industry, she moved to Spain where she launched her popular Spanish food blog, Spanish Sabores, and soon after led groups on the first Devour Madrid food tours.