One of my favorite memories while living in Spain was taking breaks between classes with friends and hopping over tapas café & sharing a Tortilla Española (also known as tortilla de patatas) & bread. It was the perfect way to catch up, no fuss!
So how did the Spanish Tortilla come to life?
It dates back to 1817 where people in Pamplona would share 2-3 eggs per approximately 6 people. The recipe came to life out of a need to satisfy hunger & provide energy as there was little food to be shared amongst the poor. The tortilla is more about the potatoes than the egg, the egg’s role is to provide protein but also to hold all the ingredients together.
Tortilla being the common man’s dish is based on whatever is available. Just before heading off on my holiday I wanted to use the leftovers in my fridges hence the added ingredients in this recipe – feel free to add what you like to make a wholesome meal! After all, it’s all about using what you have & creating an affordable & filling shareable meal. What’s Spanish food after all if you’re not sharing it!