Tortillas de patata, fluffy potato omelets cooked on both sides, are among Spain's signature dishes. Ferran Adrià is particularly proud of his inspired use of potato chips as a fast, easy alternative to the fried potatoes. Spanish cooks might use fresh chips from a churreria (a shop specializing in fried crullers), but thin supermarket chips like Lay's are a good substitute.
Delicious, Quick Side Dishes
4 large eggs
Two 1-ounce bags of potato chips, coarsely crushed (2 cups)
2 tablespoons finely chopped Serrano ham
2 tablespoons finely chopped piquillo peppers
Freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
How to Make It
Preheat the broiler and position a rack 8 inches from the heat. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Transfer half of the beaten eggs to another bowl, stir in the crushed potato chips and let stand until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining beaten eggs, Serrano ham and piquillo peppers and season with pepper.
In a small nonstick ovenproof skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the egg mixture and cook over moderately high heat until the bottom is set and golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the broiler and broil for about 2 minutes, or until the top of the tortilla is golden and the center is slightly jiggly. Slide the tortilla onto a plate, cut in quarters and serve.
A simple white with good acidity and no oak is ideal for balancing the salty ham.
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