This week’s selection for French Fridays with Dorie is a traditional Basque recipe called a tortilla. It basically a potato frittata. It is often served as part of a tapas spread in Spain.
It was refreshing to have a simpler recipe to make after last week’s B’Stilla and my French Table Feast the week before. That said, it seemed like it took longer to make than it should have. To cook the potatoes and onion, the recipe has you warm some olive oil over medium heat. After adding the veggies, the recipe instruct one to “lower the heat”, but it doesn’t say by how much. I obviously lowered the heat too much because after the 2o minutes they were supposed to take to cook they were not even near ready. I ended up raising the heat back up to medium to get the potatoes cooked. I should have been a little more patient than I was because the potatoes still ended up a bit undercooked.
When it came time to cook the eggs I learned my lesson about lowering the heat. My eggs cooked in the correct amount of time, although I burned the bottom a bit (it was easily cut off).
I made the recipe pretty much as written. I used Yukon Gold potatoes and the optional garlic and rosemary (two of my favorite flavors!). I didn’t have piment d’Espelette so I substituted Spanish smoked paprika, which seemed appropriate.
I am having trouble coming up with a verdict for this recipe. We liked it but didn’t love it. I probably won’t make it again because there are other egg dishes and frittatas (frittati?) I like better. But so many others of you really liked this one, part of me wonders if I did something wrong.