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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Tortilla de patatas (Spanish potato omelette) - vegan and gf
After the trip I spoke to other vegetarians about Tortilla de patatas (often just referred to as tortilla because I think it is the most comment tortilla in Spain) and sort of regretted not trying it but not that sad because it sounded like far too much egg for me. The discovery of vegan omelettes have made the idea of eating a tortilla far more delightful. Especially when there are potatoes that really need to be used.
Wallflower Kitchen quite some time ago that inspired me. However I was not sure of just using besan flour so I ended up just making my favourite omelette recipe which uses both besan and tofu. It is quite a well seasoned mixture so I regretted the pinch of salt on the potatoes and would not do it again, just as I would not fry the onions for a few minutes before adding the potatoes because my onions were dark brown in many places. But I think a bit of char is fine.
Traditional tortilla de patatas recipes call for a cup or more of oil to deep fry the potatoes. I was happy with 3 tablespoons of oil and no leftover oil to drain away at the end of the process. I think it also helped to go outside and potter in the garden while the potatoes cooked for about 10 minutes so they fried without me prodding and pocking and worrying at them. Getting nicely fried potatoes will really make a big difference to this recipe.
It was a long time until lunch but it was well worth it. I went simple with my lunch and put some omelette into a sourdough roll with some of my mum's home made sauce. It was amazing.
Making Bacon Pancakes from Adventure Time.) Me, I was so happy to eat a vegan Spanish omelette rather than egg and bacon. (My aunt once told me there would come a time when I would really need egg and bacon for breakfast after a big night out but I still laugh at the idea!) It was nice to see my famly and share a big brunch. Did I mention freshly squeezed orange juice!
As you can see by all the feeding, my parents are good people who are excellent in a crisis. My dad checked on the car and talked to the RACV. My mum made cheese on toast for tea, loaned me her car to drive home and rang my sister's boyfriend to arrange for him to fix the car. If you start your day some hearty tortilla and end it with the support of family, you can handle almost anything that happens in between.
Other savoury vegan "egg" recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Fried rice with tofu scramble (gf, v)
Tofu besan omelette (gf, v)
Tofu scramble (gf, v)
Vegan bubble and squeak frittata (gf, v)
Vegan quiche with tofu and besan (v)
Tortilla de patatas (Spanish potato omelette)
An original Green Gourmet Giraffe recipe
Potato and onions:
3 tbsp neutral oil
1 onion, finely sliced
500g potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/4 - 1/2 cm thick
300g silken tofu, drained
Handful of parsley, chopped
6 tbsp besan (chickpea flour),
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon mirin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion granules
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
pinch black salt
1 tsp neutral oil
Fry onion and potato for about 15 minutes in oil over medium heat in large frypan until potato is cooked and a little brown around the edges. Flip over occasionally (every 5-7 minutes) so that the potatoes aren't handled too much and keep their shape.
Cool potato mixture once cooked and while they cool, blend all the omelette ingredients until smooth in a medium bowl. Mix potatoes and onions into omelette mixture gently so potatoes hold their shape.
Heat teaspoon of oil over low heat in the same frypan where the potatoes and onions fried. Swirl it around to cover frypan. Scrape omelette and potato into frypan and use spoon to neaten the edges to make a round shape. Fry for 10 minutes. Then put a lid on it and fry another 20 minutes or until the mixture looks cooked (slightly drier than the mixture). Place frypan under the grill for about 5-10 minutes to brown the top.
Flip onto a plate or chopping board. It tastes great hot but slices up nicely when cooled and firmed for a bit. The omelette can be kept overnight in the fridge but will be firmer than when it is freshly cooked.
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