Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Red Kale and Potato Tortilla

Spanish tortilla reminds me of a frittata. I suspect they are the Bobsey-twins of the egg family. It's like an open-faced omelette that is started on the stove and finished in the oven. A perfect light supper or Saturday brunch. Núria can probably testify. Can I get a witness?

Red kale and potato tortilla
Serves 4 as a first course or two as a light dinner

1 fist-sized white or Yukon gold potato, scrubbed and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced shallot
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp fresh thyme
pinch red chili flake
3 tbsp julienned sun-dried tomatoes or chopped fresh ones
3 c kale chiffonade (2 or 3 leaves, destemmed)
4 eggs, lightly beaten (or 2 eggs and 1/2 egg white for a lighter, fluffier version)
1/3 c grated manchego

Preheat your oven to 350. Heat a little oil over medium heat in a medium-sized skillet. Saute the shallot for a minute and toss in the potatoes. Stir the potatoes around and add the garlic and seasonings. When the potato starts to stick to the pan add about a half cup of water and put a lid on it. Let it simmer in there until the potato softens up to your liking. Remove the lid and stir the starchy liquid around, and then add the tomato and kale. Stir this around until the kale wilts a bit. Give it some cracks of pepper and a pinch of salt.

Slowly pour the eggs over the top of the veggies, and let it sit in the hot pan for a minute until it begins to set up a bit. Then sprinkle the cheese over the top. Bake for like 10 minutes.

(Okay, you caught me. There's a bit of crumbled sausage in there too. You can add if you like but it's of no consequence to omit.)

Serve in wedges. I like mine with some toasted como. If you were to have this for dinner you could add a nice mixed green salad.


Peter M said...

Bobsey Twins eh? I wonder if I'll read any food references to Judy Blume?

Frittatas are also great for cleaning out fridges.

You've made yours a light meal, goos how, Doodoo!

Anonymous said...

Love it with he kale Heather. Nice healthy touch.

Núria said...

Thanks for the mention! Heather your tortilla is very different to mine. But it looks great! I never add water, my potatoes sweat in the frying pan and there's no oven involved... but all ways are good to satisfy my palate!!!!

I wish I could understand all your jokes (Peter seems to understand them ;-)) and slang!!!

Por favor, check this link... you've been awarded.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Look at those photos Heather. I can't wait to dice into this Tortilla.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Yea...just what I was looking for. I am off to the farmer's market and seeing as it is the end of our growing season here they will have Kale and Potatoes!!! Imagine my luck that you posted this today! I have everything else!

glamah16 said...

Yumm. There's event I'm in that called upon us to use Kale as breakfast dish. This would have been perfect. I had used kale in a omlette the other day expermenting, that was lackluster and my man said I never had to make that for him again. I'm sure he would have loved this with the sausage and potato!

Sylvia said...

I love tortilla and also manchego cheese.... It sounds divine for me

tammy said...

I do love me some potato tortilla, maybe with a bit of chorizo. Kale is a stroke of sheer brilliance.

Heather said...

Dear God, Are you there? It's me, Heather.

What the hell does goos how mean, Peter? I mean, I watched every episode of Kids in the Hall and I haven't heard that one.

Peter the Greek Version 2.0 - Kale isn't just healthy, it tastes good too! Especially with sausages.

Núria - I can't believe you nominated me for that award! I'm a surly old man! (Also, don't be fooled by Peter, he looks up everything I say on urbandictionary.com so he can keep up with the cool kids.) :D

Valli - Thanks! It's a very easy meal!

Judy - Yes, the markets are all full of greens and potatoes this time of year! I thought I'd splurge and get a funky kale.

Glam - Germans love pretty much anything with potatoes and sausage (that includes me!).

Sylvia - Manchego is such an underrated cheese, but one of my favorites!

Tammy - Chorizo would have been a match made in heaven. I'll definitely have to do that next time. :)

Thistlemoon said...

I witnesssssss! That is indeed a frittata! :)

Anyway, I love the kale and potato combination - so good together! And then add sausages? Hello. YUM!

Peter M said...

Ms. H, it was a typo...I meant good show...I was having a bout of being an idiot savante.

Jen said...

Oh, Heather, this looks absolutely wonderful! I can't wait to try it. I have a rich chocolate custard up for today!

Heather said...

Amen, Jenn! Frittataaaaa.

Peter - haha! Those are the kinds of typos only I make, mister! I thought it was an Ontarioism.

Jen - Your choco custard looks great! I should make a little more time for chocolate.

Emily said...

MMM, Manchego. Love that stuff.
This looks delicious.

I never did read the Bobsey twins, but I did like Nancy Drew. I read Judy Blume books, too.

Peter M is quite the joker, isn't he?