Friday, February 4, 2011

FFwD: Basque Potato Tortilla

Basque Potato Torilla

During my semester abroad in London a few years ago, we took a weekend trip to Madrid. Our first day there we went to a restaurant for a light lunch before we started sight seeing. Before we even looked at the menu, our professor told us that we might see something familiar that really wasn't. Obviously, we were a little confused. Then we saw it...the tortilla. The tortilla that most of us had grown up with was the flat round bread that you wrap around a tasty filling. This tortilla, on the other hand, was eggy with a potato filling. To me that was a frittata or even an omelet. Regardless of what we thought it was, it was delicious. I've never made one at home (at least what was called a tortilla anyway) however so when I saw that this weeks French Fridays with Dorie was the basque potato tortilla, I knew it was time to give it a try.

I decided to (kinda sorta) mix two of the options for the tortilla. I went as written but added in a cup or so of finely chopped shiitake mushrooms that needed to be used up. For my potatoes, I used some baby red potatoes that I had and diced them. I've found that it's easier to use the baby potatoes when you need them diced. You get more evenly diced pieces and when you are as bad as me about getting even pieces, you want to use the easiest option.

I reduced the amount of oil by half so it would lower the points per slice. Other than that, it was the only change I made. If dividing it into four pieces as a lunch main course, it came to 7 PointsPlus a piece. If you divide it into 8 pieces as an hors d'oeuvre serving, it was 4 Points Plus.

Basque Potato Tortilla whole

I served it as a lunch main course and while it was delicious, it was too much. Next time I would serve it in the smaller portion size so it would not be so heavy. I'd also add more rosemary to the mix. While I don't like a lot of rosemary, it was a little too light for me. It would also be delicious with ham added as Dorie mentions in the bonne idée section.

This was a tasty light lunch that I can see making many times in the future. It was a nice, easy meal to make during the snow/ice craziness that we've been dealing with in DFW this week. Next time I might play around with the filling and see what other low PointsPlus options I can find.

You can find the recipe on pages 142-143 of Around My French Table. Check out the post here for more tortilla from FFwd members!

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Flourchild said...

Wow it turned out looking wonderful! Im glad you enjoyed it..your right such a nice easy meal for a cold crazy winters day!!

DessertByCandy said...

Love that you include the points in your post. It's not always easy to eat healthy especially when cooking through a cookbook filled with delicious and sometimes decadent recipes.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Beautiful! I love that you added mushrooms, too. I ended up with 3 pts per slice (when cut into 12 slices)... not bad for breakfast! :) Hope you and Charlie are keeping warm!

Cher said...

Thanks for posting the points - I hadn't thought of it in that light. I agree that this is better in small doses. And good luck with all your odd weather - go figure...

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