Tortilla De Papas – Potato Omelet

Inspired by my recent visit to a Cuban Restaurant (and our group of four practically ordering everything off the menu because we couldn’t choose), I tried my hand at a Tortilla de papas or potato omelet, which turns out to be quite better than I expected scrumptious.  And in style with most of my recipes, it’s also quick to make and ready in under 30 minutes, perfect for coming home hungry after a day at work.


  • 3 eggs
  • a handful of leek greens, sliced finely
  • a handful of cauliflower roses, cut in small florets
  • 1 small onion, red or white, peeled and sliced finely
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and diced
  • splash of milk
  • pepper & salt for seasoning
  • 5 small potatoes
  • butter, and lots of it


First peel and thickly slice the potatoes, before dropping them in a pot.  Cook in salted water until 3/4 soft.  Drain and set aside.

Melt a tablespoon of butter in a pan, and add on the leeks and onions and start to bake slowly.  After approx 10 minutes, add on your garlic and cauliflower and roast slowly till soft.  Then add on the potatoes and mix together.   This takes half of the cooking time – about 15 minutes or so, until the leeks are soft.  Add some more butter, enough so the tortilla won’t stick when we flip it.

In a bowl, break the eggs and add a splash of milk. Then season with salt and pepper, and beat well until the eggs are homogenous.

Poor the egg mixture over the veggies, and leave to cook for a good 10 minutes, with a lid, over a low fire until the eggs are pretty much set.  The most difficult part is now in turning the tortilla, so you can cook the other side.  First time I tried this I successfully managed to place the plate over the pan, and to flip it.  Then slide this back into the pan and cook for another few minutes, until the egg is completely set. When cooked, carefully slid out of the pan onto a plate and serve either hot or cold.   You can always add on a side salad for extra greens. Easy peasy right?

Well……. it turns out that this whole flipping things is not exactly that easy……..

Long story short, I guess I will not win any prizes in a tortilla flipping contest any time soon… The tortilla turned out to have a mind of it’s own and first refused to get out of the pan,  then suddenly changed its mind and decided to want to move after all and not exactly elegantly just kind of flopped, smack onto my plate and broke into a beautiful three uneven pieces…..  I thus slid the whole thing back into the pan, and kept cooking it on the other side… it did taste good though 🙂

* blush *



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