A super elegant lazy meal :) Tortilla de Patatas
A super elegant lazy meal :) Tortilla de Patatas

I don’t know about you, but I am gearing up for a super lazy weekend, where the food cooked is simple, quick and lulls you back into lazydom :) Potatoes thus are an important part of this meal. Throw in some eggs for the proteins and a quick salad for the fibre, a glass of wine stirred into some wholesome mushroom and sausages and I am set. Does that seem like too much work?

You will be surprised! This meal, and I mean all 3 dishes, will take you all of 45 minutes to put together from washing the veggies to finish. I told you it would be a lazy meal! :)

Tortilla de Patatas is the Spanish name for Spanish Omelet, yup it does deflate the dish a bit when you call it by that name doesn’t it? So we’ll stick to Tortilla de Patatas. As the name suggests the main ingredients are potato and egg. I have deviated from the original authentic recipe and added green onions (scallions you can use chives too), cream cheese and green garlic. Green garlic is a seasonal vegetable and I try to use it in as many entrees as possible. I find it gives the dish a much rounded, sweeter and subtler aroma.

To make it a complete meal, I added on a meat dish and a salad. So this post has all 3 recipes. Helps put together the meal without moving from one post to another.

Time taken: 1 hour  

Cooking time: 30 minutes (if cooking both dishes together) 

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves 6

Skill level: Basic 

Equipment Needed: 2 skillets and Egg beater.

  1. For the Tortilla de Patatas

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 potatoes, sliced thin and round
  • 1 large onion, diced fine
  • 4 tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced green garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Method:

1. In a skillet, add half the olive oil and fry and onions and potatoes till the potatoes are cooked and have gained some colour but are not over cooked. Make sure every slice of potato lies flat on the skillet. You want them to cook evenly.

The potatoes should be real thin and saute them till they get a little brown colour
The potatoes should be real thin and saute them till they get a little brown colour

2. Remove and set aside. Fry and second lot of potatoes if you haven’t managed to put them all in, in the first round.

3. In another bowl, break the eggs and beat them, add the cream cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix it well.

4. When all the potatoes are fried bring them back to the pan

The potatoes need to be visible above the egg mix in this entree
The potatoes need to be visible above the egg mix in this entree

5. Pour the egg mix over the potatoes. Drizzle the left over oil over the edges of the pan, which will give the eggs enough fat to cook in.

The eggs have started to set as you can see at the edges
The eggs have started to set as you can see at the edges

6. Cover and cook. (At this stage you can start working on your sausages).

7. Once you see the edges of the eggs brown, lift the edge slightly and tilt the pan towards the lifted edge, such that the uncooked eggs run into the space between the cooked omelette and pan and start to cook. This will also give your dish a fluffed up texture.

8. Cook covered till the eggs are done. The entire process takes about 10 minutes.

9. Traditionally the Tortilla de Patatas is served cold, but I detest cold food, so I’ve served it straight of the pan.

A slice of the Patatas de Tortilla
A slice of the Tortilla de Patatas

 

2. Stir Fried Mushrooms with Sausages Cooked in Red Wine

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams of sausages, sliced (you could use the meat of your choice, I’ve used chicken. You could make this dish without the meats too)
  • 10 large mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • 2 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoons corn flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoons finely diced green garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 200 ml of red wine
  • 1 tablespoon herb of your choice, I’ve used fresh parsley

Method:

Fry the mushrooms and onions till they are caremalised
Fry the mushrooms and onions till they are caremalized

1. In a skillet, heat the olive oil and fry off the green garlic. Add the onions and cook till they are caramelized.

2. Once the onions gain colour, add the mushrooms and stir fry them till they are well browned but not limp.

3. Add the sausages and cook till done. Most processed sausages take about 10 minutes.

4. In a bowl, mix the cornflour with 2 tablespoons of water and set aside.

5. Pour the red wine into the sausages and let it cook for about 5 minutes on a low flame. Add the cornflour mix and cook it till the sauce glistens. (it will otherwise taste powdery)

6. Adjust seasoning, you could use oregano instead of parsley if you wish.

A complete meal for a lazy weekend
A complete meal for a lazy weekend

7. Serve with the Tortilla de Patatas

3. Green Salad with Clementines, Roots and Cherry Tomato 

Ingredients:

  • 1 big handful mix of 4 to 5 greens. I’ve used romaine, iceberg, lollo rosso, green leaf and cabbage
  • 2 red radish, sliced thin
  • 1 carrot, sliced thin
  • 1 large clementine, skinned and segmented
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup mixed coloured bell peppers, I’ve used red, green and yellow
  • 1/2 cup of halved strawberries (optional)

For the Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 100 ml of orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

1. Wash and cut the veggies as needed.

2. In a serving dish start plating up. Place the green at the bottom, add the bell peppers on top.

Layer the salad to show off the gorgeous colours
Layer the salad to show off the gorgeous colours

3. Add the sliced radish and carrots. And top with the cherry tomato and clementines.

4. Let it cool. Meanwhile add all the vinaigrette ingredients to an empty bottle and shake it well. The ingredients should we well blended. I’ve not used any oil in the salad, but if you wish, you could add olive oil. Or cold pressed coconut oil and add thinly sliced fresh coconut as a dressing. In that case use pineapple instead of strawberries.

Add the clementines just before serving
Add the clementines just before serving

5. But before serving pour the vinaigrette all over the salad and serve with the Tortilla de Patatas and stir fried sausages with mushrooms and onion. (if you don’t eat meats, the onions and mushroom in red wine tastes equally awesome)

A perfect weekend brunch: Tortilla de Patatas, Stir Fried Onions and Sausages and Fresh Green Salad
A perfect weekend brunch: Tortilla de Patatas, Stir Fried Onions and Sausages and Fresh Green Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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