ΤΡΟΦΙΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΕΒΔΟΜΑΔΑΣ: Ισπανική τορτίγια

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Tortilla-de-patatas

Spanish Tortilla is a traditional dish from Spain. It is celebrated as national dish and is an essential part of the Spanish cuisine. It is commonly known as Tortilla de patatasTortilla de papas or Ισπανική ομελέτα.

But what is a Spanish tortilla?

It is a thick omelette made with (lots of) eggs and potatoes, optionally including onions – a controversial ingredient even among Spaniards!
It is served at room temperature as a tapa, but can also be eaten as a complete meal, in a (usually big) sandwich.

First thing first:

Don’t confuse Tortilla española with Mexican flour or corn tortillas. Although the word may be the same, the concept could not be more different!

The truth is that Spanish Τορτίγια has nothing to do with Mexican tortillas. In fact, it actually resembles more the Italian frittata than anything from Latin America.

Το όνομα Τορτίγια is the diminutive of the Spanish torta, which means “cake.”

However, in contrast to the concept of cakes, Tortilla de patatas was born as a healthy, cheap and easy way of feeding the masses.

When and where?

Multiple documents date the birth of Τορτίγια back to 1798 in Villanueva de la Serena, in the Extremadura region. The city takes credit for popularizing the version of Spanish omelette we know and love today.

In fact, Villanueva de la Serena decided to immortalize its delicious claim to fame with a giant sculpture of a slice of Tortilla, from which a metal fork extends some 15 feet into the air.

How to make a Spanish omelette?

It is very likely that you already have in your kitchen all the ingredients for a classic Τορτίγια recipe. All you need are potatoes, eggs, olive oil, salt, and (if you like) onions.

The first step consists in frying the potatoes.

Rule number 1: Always use a good quality olive oil. This is arguably the most important ingredient in a Spanish omelette, and it can really make or break the final result. Then, beat the eggs, mix, and fry them with the potatoes in a small diametered  pan.

And now, the only hard part:  flipping the partly formed Τορτίγια without destroying it! With the frying pan held in one hand and a very large plate (the larger the better) in the other, you give just a flick of the wrist and plop

Τορτίγια meets plate (and occasionally floor, if you’re unlucky).

Αν σας άρεσε αυτό το άρθρο, σας συνιστούμε να διαβάσετε και το πίτσα.

ΟΙ ΑΝΑΦΟΡΈΣ:

Cooking.nytimes.com. 2021. Spanish Tortilla. [Online] Διατίθεται στη διεύθυνση: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/8849-spanish-tortilla. [Accessed 8 November 2021].

Devour Madrid. 2021. What is a Spanish Omelet? All About Tortilla de Patatas – Devour Madrid. [Online] Διατίθεται στη διεύθυνση: https://madridfoodtour.com/tortilla-de-patatas/. [Accessed 12 November 2021].

Ayuntamiento de Villanueva de la Serena. 2021. Se inaugura el monumento a la tortilla de patatas – Ayuntamiento de Villanueva de la Serena. [Online] Διατίθεται στη διεύθυνση: https://villanuevadelaserena.es/2021/06/11/se-inaugura-el-monumento-a-la-tortilla-de-patatas/. [Accessed 12 November 2021].


Giulia-Battisti
συντάχθηκε από Giulia Battisti

Giulia είναι κάτοχος πτυχίου στις γλώσσες για τη μετάφραση και τη διερμηνεία και μεταπτυχιακό δίπλωμα στο ψηφιακό μάρκετινγκ και τις παγκόσμιες αγορές. Τώρα συνδυάζει τις δύο σταδιοδρομίες ως ασκούμενη στην επικοινωνία στη Μονάδα Συντονισμού Ορολογίας του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου.