Layers of potato, onion and peppers in an omelette, cooked on the hob; delicious brunch, lunch, or light supper. Frittata is similar but half cooked in the oven. Makes a tasty tortilla with nicely tender potatoes and peppers.
|3 tbsp||olive oil|
|1||onion, thinly sliced|
|½||red pepper, deseeded and diced|
|225g (8oz)||potatoes, peeled and cut into slices about 1cm (½in) thick|
|1 tbsp||finely chopped parsley|
|salt and freshly ground black pepper|
You will need a small heavy-based non-stick frying pan, preferably non-stick, about 20cm (8in) in diameter and with a lid.
1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in the pan, add the onion and try over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add the pepper and potatoes, mix with the onions so all the vegetables are well coated in the oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cover with the lid and gently cook over a low heat for 15–20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through.
2. Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl, seasoning with salt and pepper. When the vegetables are done, add them to the eggs and mix together.
3. Wipe the pan clean and add the remaining oil, then carefully pour in the egg mixture and sprinkle with parsley. Heat until the sides and top of the tortilla have just set and the base is lightly golden brown. This takes around 10–15 minutes.
4. When the middle is just about set, with just a little wobble, and the base moves freely away from the pan (see tip), carefully slide on to a plate. (You may need a flexible spatula to help you here.) Put the pan on top and flip over to cook the other side for 3–4 minutes until golden all over and just cooked through.
5. Slide on to a plate to serve. You may want to put a plate on top of the pan (taking care as it’s hot) and flip the tortilla on to it so that the side with the parsley is on top.
Cook time: 35-45 mins.
While the tortilla is best served immediately, you can leave it to cool and serve cold, cut into wedges –perfect for picnics or lunchboxes. Best eaten on the same day.
Mary's Classic Tip: The secret to success is to be sure that the base of the tortilla moves freely before turning it over. The egg needs to set around the potato to hold it all together, otherwise it will stick to the pan and fall apart once turned.