Serves 6 (dinner slice)
- 2 bunch spinach, fresh or frozen
- 1small onion, diced
- 5large eggs
- 4tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4-1/2teaspoons fresh nutmeg, grated
- 1pinch salt and pepper
- Prepare the chard: Chop off only the very tough ends at the end of the chard. In a pot of boiling water, cook the chard, covered, for about 2-3 minutes. Strain and set aside to cool.
- Heat 3 Tablespoons of olive oil in a 9 or 10 inch non-stick skillet. Saute the onion in the olive oil until translucent.
- While the onion is cooking, squeeze out any excess water from the Swiss Chard and dice it all, including the stems.
- When the onions are cooked, add the chard and saute together until mixed (just 1-2 minutes).
- In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, nutmeg, salt, and pepper together.
- Add the chard/onion mixture to the bowl, mix and let sit for a few minutes.
- Wipe out the saute pan and coat with the remaining 1 Tablespoon of olive oil.
- Over low-medium heat, pour the egg mixture into the saute pan. Cook over low-medium heat until the tortilla starts getting solid around the edges, but not brown. Now watch carefully and when the center of the tortilla is no longer liquid, you are ready to flip it.
- To flip it: Use a flat surface such as a lid or a cutting board that is large enough to cover the skillet, but small enough to handle. Tightly hold the cutting board to the skillet and flip. Then slide the tortilla gently back into the skillet, now upside down.
- Cook just for another 3-5 minutes over low heat.
- Serve hot, cold, or room temperature with a sprinkle of salt.
For an attractive, evenly browned tortilla, do the flip
The dramatic climax of tortilla making comes when the eggs have mostly set and the tortilla is ready to be flipped. This is where a Spanish tortilla parts ways with the Italian frittata (where the pan goes in the oven to finish cooking the eggs). Here’s how to do it:
When the eggs are mostly cooked, set a flat, rimless plate over the pan. Don’t forget to give the pan a good shake to confirm that the tortilla is loose.Holding the plate firmly in place, invert the pan so the tortilla falls onto the plate.
Slide the tortilla back into the skillet, pushing any stray potatoes underneath. Tuck around the perimeter to round and neaten the edges.