Spanish Soccer Supper

Since, once again, I will not be attending The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas, it will be a Soccer Weekend here at Deeply Suburban. To make it a more meaningful experience for the less-than-enthusiastic sports fan, I'm going to cook up the sole Spanish dish in my repetoire: Tortilla EspaƱola. It's not quite an omlette, being more robust, more satisfying and much more versatile. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, soccer supper—you name it, it does the job brilliantly. Though the potatoes are poached in olive oil, just as they do in Spain, it will not be oily at all. Most of the oil drains off and it can be used again if you like. I use plain (not EV) olive oil. And I know, it's not really authentic with that kale in there, but I'm a bit of a leafy greens fanatic and I don't think any Soccer fan, Spanish or not, will scorn this yummy dish.

Kale and Potato Spanish Tortilla

  • 1 lb. boiling potatoes
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 lb. kale, center ribs discarded
  • 7 large eggs

Peel potatoes and cut into 1/3-inch dice (2 1/4 cups). Heat oil in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then reduce heat to moderately low and cook potatoes, onion, and 1 teaspoon salt, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Blanch kale while potatoes cook:
Cook kale in a 4- to 6-quart pot of boiling salted water until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately transfer to a bowl of cold water to stop cooking. Drain again, squeezing handfuls of kale to extract excess moisture, then coarsely chop.

Add kale to potato mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until kale is tender, about 5 minutes. Drain vegetables in colander set over a bowl, reserving drained oil, and cool 10 minutes.

Lightly beat eggs in a large bowl, then stir in vegetables, 1 tablespoon drained oil, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Add 1 tablespoon drained oil to skillet, then add egg mixture and cook over low heat, covered, until sides are set but center is still loose, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 15 minutes.

Shake skillet gently to make sure tortilla is not sticking (if it is sticking, loosen with a heatproof plastic spatula). Slide tortilla onto a large flat plate, then invert skillet over tortilla and flip it back into skillet. Round off edge of tortilla with plastic spatula and cook over low heat, covered, 10 minutes more. Slide tortilla onto a plate and serve warm, cut into wedges.

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