FFwD: Basque Potato Tortilla

by Holly on February 4, 2011

I thought I wasn’t going to end up making this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe for the Basque Potato Tortilla, just because we’ve had sick kids all week on and off and I’ve been living on toast, but today was the hubs day off so he was able to cuddle some kiddos while I made us a decent breakfast.
I changed the recipe only a little, mostly just because of personal preference and what I had on hand. I used a 6-inch cast iron skillet because I was making only 1/3 of the original recipe since it was just the two of us.  In hind sight I guess we could have had leftovers, but 9 eggs in the original recipe is a lot for us to commit to one thing all at once.  This way I only used 3 extra large eggs.
I also skipped the onions in the recipe and replaced them with a few scallions instead.  I did use a little garlic and a sprig of rosemary, which gave the entire dish a nice flavor.  Next time I would like to add ham, but we were out, so that was a no go this time.

The only other change I made was to add about 2 ounces of shredded Gruyere cheese.  We are cheese-with-our-eggs kind of people, so adding some kind of cheese was a must.

This would make a really great addition to a brunch or a weekend breakfast.  All together it took me, including prep time and cooking, about 35 minutes to make, so you could certainly do this on a weekday too if you give yourself just a little extra time.  You can eat it warm (like we did) or let it sit and eat it at room temperature.
Overall, I really liked the dish and it was a great way to get me to eat a good breakfast instead of my usual rush. I will definitely make this again and keep in mind that it would be really easy to customize according to what we have hanging around to be used.  I really want to add some red bell pepper and possibly mushrooms next time since the hubs would love that.
For more versions of this week’s pick from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan (where you’ll find the actual recipe) head on over to the French Fridays with Dorie site and click on the LYL post for everyone’s links.
If you liked this, you might also like:
Baked Italian Frittata from my Salt Lake Baking Examiner page
Potato, Parsnip and Watercress Tortilla from Aran at Cannelle et Vanille

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DessertByCandy February 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Your photos are gorgeous! I know what you mean about committing 9 eggs to a recipe. I often find myself scaling down the recipes in Around My French Table too.

Hope everyone's feeling better soon!

Sara February 4, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Ah, I so should have put cheese in mine! Gruyere sounds fantastic, and I bet it would have added a lot…yum! 🙂

Jessica of My Baking Heart February 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Great photos – I know the tortilla was amazing with the Gruyere inside! 🙂

Ms. Hobby February 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I agree – 9 eggs is a lot. I had to buy a new carton of eggs just so that I could make this tortilla. I should have cut it down like you did!

Kelly February 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm

I love the changes you made and am totally a fan of the scallions!

lola February 5, 2011 at 3:01 am

Great changes! I want a 6 inch skillet!

scrambledhenfruit February 5, 2011 at 4:08 am

This looks great! I never got around to making this for today, but it's definitely on my list for later. 🙂

nancysrecipes February 5, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Looks wonderful!!!

Cher February 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Nice change ups. I agree – cheese need to go with eggs…

Flourchild February 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm

I love your photos! Im glad you all liked this one too! I was a fun recipe to try!

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