Us college students are often burdened with tons of school work, lack of time and, of course, our social obligation to party. These four (sometimes five) years have marked a period in people’s lives when refrigerators are primarily used to stock drinks and pantries sadly store endless supplies of ramen noodles or mac & cheese – the token caloric providers. Aware of these pressing circumstances, I wanted to come up with an hors d’oeuvre that would be practical for college students, yet fabulous for any swanky dinner party.
The task presented endless challenges. For starters, I needed to find something that was trendy, classy and impressive, but was constricted by factors of taste, affordability and ease. Surely, these criteria sound contradictory, but a simple solution lay in Spain’s most brilliant culinary creation: tapas!
Tortilla Española is a classic tapas served in bars and restaurants all over Spain. Fortunately, this version doesn’t require any fancy gadgets or expert techniques, just a mini muffin tin, potato, onion and eggs (chorizo is optional, but highly recommended).
Mini Spanish Tortillas
(makes approx. 24)
- 3 russet potatoes, peeled
- 2 medium onions
- 4 eggs
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp. salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- chorizo picante (optional)
Putting them all together
- Halve the onions and then slice them into thin strips. Next, finely dice the potatoes.
- Coat a large non-stick sauté pan with olive oil and place over medium high heat. Add potato and onions, season with salt and pepper, and sweat the vegetables until tender (approximately 15-20 minutes).
Note: Make sure to balance between heat and stirring so as to not get any color on the vegetables, but also not to over-stir so that the potatoes keep their shape.
- Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the cooked potato and onion mixture to the eggs and carefully spoon the mixture into greased mini muffin tins.
- Top each individual mini tortilla with diced chorizo and bake in a 400 degree oven for 7-9 minutes or until the tortillas have set.