What Is A Spanish Omelette?

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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2 Comment

  1. Jeff B. says
    June 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I really miss the Tortilla from Spain. They are not easy to find in the US. Trader Joes sold them for a short time but they do not have them any more.

    Next time I am in Spain I will have to get someone to teach me how to make them.

    I think this business is a great idea since Madrid can be a difficult place to eat for tourists.

    1. Lauren Aloise says
      June 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Jeff! You definitely need to learn how to make them. Let us know when you come to Spain and we will find you a great cooking class!


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