Baked Spanish Tortilla for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Aug 26, 2012 in #SundaySupper, Simple Meals | 37 comments

Baked Spanish Tortilla for #SundaySupper

The long, lazy days of summer are drawing to a close and soon the back-to-school frenzy will begin. Forget relaxed BBQs and slow-cook dinners, food is needed pronto, somewhere between homework and bathtime.

And that’s just the adults! I’m serious: I don’t even have children, but as a new teacher about to start my first term, I can foresee a lot of busy evenings ahead as I prep lessons and mark work, and cooking is going to be the last thing on my mind. However, a hectic schedule does not have to mean ready meals; our #SundaySupper team are at the rescue with delicious recipes and fresh ingredients, giving you an arsenal of quick and easy meals in under 30 minutes. Our wonderful hostess this week is Nicole of Daily Dish Recipes.

I decided to share with you my version of Spanish tortilla which, just to be clear, is not the same as a Mexican tortilla. It is a type of omelette, and while studying in Spain, I used to eat it all the time. It is offered as a snack in pretty much any cafe or bar and it frequently provided a satisfying bite between classes, or as an evening nibble, alongside a glass of rioja. Oh, those were the days!

Spanish omelette

Spanish tortilla is a healthy, nutritious dish, and traditionally a peasant meal. The basic ingredients are therefore about as simple as you can get: eggs, potatoes & onion. Traditionally, it is cooked on the stove, very slowly. It has to be constantly watched, have oil added, be scraped from the edge of the pan so that it doesn’t stick. In short, it is hard work.

So this is a baked version – think of it like a quiche without the crust. It tastes just as good and is much quicker and easier to make. It provides a taste of Spain – and for me, a taste of nostalgia – as well as being a nutritious and comforting meal.You do have to be organised to get this in at 30 minutes, but it is very straightforward.

Baked Spanish Tortilla

Makes enough for 4, with leftovers for lunch


  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream/plain yoghurt
  • olive oil
  • Other fillings as desired (this version uses spinach and tomato)
  • Salt and black pepper to season to taste.


To maximise your time, make sure you:

  • preheat the oven to 180C
  • Put a large pan of water on to boil
  • Grease a large pyrex dish with olive oil
  • Have a frying pan ready on the stove
  • Have all the ingredients and a mixing bowl to hand.

Then, peel the potatoes and cut into thin slices. Put into the pan of boiling water and simmer for about 6 minutes, or until the potato slices are tender.

While the potatoes are boiling, whisk the eggs. Add the yoghurt/cream slowly, whisking all the time. Season with salt and pepper and set this to one side.

Put a little oil in the frying pan. Slice the onions roughly (think ‘rustic’!) and crush the garlic. Put into the pan and fry gently until the onions are just softening. Turn off the heat.

Drain the potatoes and lay about half of the slices in the pyrex dish. Top with half of the onion and garlic and a layer of Spinach. Pour over some of the egg mixture, keeping back more than half. Layer the rest of the potatoes, onions and spinach. You could add whatever else you have to use up – ham/bacon pieces work really well.

Pour over the rest of the egg mixture and put into the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the eggs are completely set and the top is just beginning to brown. If desired, slice a tomato and add the slices to the top after about 15 minutes into the cooking time.

The great thing is that when this dish goes into the oven, all the work has been done and you have some time to do all that ‘messy’ washing up without leaving it to groan over after dinner. It is a brilliant timesaver. It gives you time to get cleared up (or to delegate the children to do so!) and set the table, so that you can sit down to dinner with the minimum of stress.

Once the tortilla is ready, cut it into squares and serve warm with simple salad leaves and some crusty bread and butter. Any leftovers are great cold and popped into lunchboxes the next day.

So that’s a school-night dinner – and next day’s lunch – sorted and all you have left to clear up are a few plates and the pyrex dish. In my book, that’s a pretty good deal for healthy, fresh home cooking.

You can hardly say that you’re short of choice – just look at what the #SundaySupper crew have come up with this week! There’s enough recipes to see you through this term and into the next, so peruse and enjoy! Remember, you can join us for the live Twitter chat at 7:00pm ET – just search for the#SundaySupper hashtag and you’ll find us.






  1. What a gorgeous-looking meal. I have some tomatoes in the garden that I’m waiting on for ripening, and I can imagine using some of them to make this dish. Kudos!
    Alaiyo Kiasi recently posted..Oregon Shrimp Quesadillas #BacktoSchool #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Oh fresh tomatoes from your garden would just make this dish!

  2. Yummy! Thanks for stopping by Granny’s Down Home Southern Cooking

  3. We eat potato tortilla here like it´s going out of style, but never heard of yogurt or sour cream. Great twist to make it extra creamy! Love this recipe. Have a great sunday!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Zucchini, Corn and Bacon Crepes #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! It does give it a nice creamy taste – comforting and filling!

  4. I want this for brunch TODAY. Yum!
    diabeticFoodie recently posted..Chicken-Cashew Stir-Fry for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! It is a very versatile dish – good warm or cold and at any time of the day!

  5. how pretty! I’ll be making this soon!
    Angie @ Bigbearswife recently posted..Loaded Chicken & Steak Stuffed Potatoes #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Angie! Let me know how it turns out :)

  6. Looks delicious! What a hearty vegetarian dish.
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..Greek Dogs for Back to School #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Lane! I mainly cook vegetarian food at home, and this one is so filling and satisfying that you really won’t miss the meat!

  7. That looks delicious and simple. Two words that go well together!!
    Conni @MrsMamaHen recently posted..Jerk Chicken Chili | For a "Back To School" #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Conni! I’m loving all the delicious and simple food we’ve created as a group!

  8. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a dish like this before, but it sure is beautiful! I had to giggle at your comment about being organized to get this done in 30 minutes — that’s the part that always catches me! I swear I can take a 15 minute meal and somehow make take an hour. lol
    Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories) recently posted..Baked Tilapia Fish Tacos #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Brandie! It’s very Spanish :) The organization often catches me out too! But at least with this, even if it takes you a bit of time to get it all prepared, once it’s in the oven, you don’t have to do anything!

  9. Sounds divine and looks beautiful, too!
    Laura @ Family Spice recently posted..Back to School Meals: Whole Wheat Pizza with Hummus & Greens for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Laura!

  10. I haven’t had a Spanish tortilla in years – but I badly want to reach in and grab a slice of yours, it looks and sounds wonderful!
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Shredded Chicken in Peanut Sauce Tacos w/ Corn & Zucchini Sauté {#SundaySupper}My Profile

    • Thank you Heather! if it travelled any better, I’d happily send you some :)

  11. Oh yum! This sounds really good right about now!
    Anne @ Webicurean recently posted..Pasta with Creamy Kale Pesto #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thansk Anne! It really is good any time of day :)

  12. I spent a week in Spain with a couple of friends. Miss those lingering late afternoon into the evening days in those cozy bars.

    Now it’s crazy days with barely enough time to breathe.

    Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing.
    Amy Kim recently posted..Korean Pan-fried Fish (saeng sun jun) #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Amy! I know what you mean, I found the lifestyle in Spain so relaxed, even when living and studying there, rather than just on holiday. I miss those days!

  13. Not only is this an easy recipe for weeknight dinner but it’s perfect for breakfast the next morning! How I would love to visit Barcelona and walk the Ras Lambas! sigh….
    Sarah recently posted..Korean omelet rice #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I hadn’t even thought of having it for breakfast! What a good idea! Barcelona was strangely not my favourite place – I know most people love it, but I kinda prefer Madrid. In top place is my gorgeous ‘adopted hometown’ of Oviedo (but shhh, that’s a secret, no-one knows about Oviedo!)

  14. I love tortillas! This one looks amazing and perfect for a weekday supper!
    Family Foodie recently posted..The Cuban Sandwich ~ Back to School #weekdaysupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Isabel! It’s a bit cheating really, but who’s going to slave over a hot stove on a weeknight if you can just pop it in the oven?!

  15. That looks so good, pass me a knife and fork please!!

    • Happily, Tara! Thanks :)

  16. Spanish Tortilla is one of my easy, default meals as well. It is so easy and you can make it with anything. I often make it when I have leftovers that need using up. I love that you added yogurt to the egg mixture, I will definitely give that a try next time I make it.

    • The yoghurt just gives it a nice creamy taste, although it can need cooking for slightly longer than usual just to make sure it all sets properly. I hope you enjoy it!

  17. Beautiful photos, Katy! This looks delicious!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..Chocolate Pineapple Upside-down Cake guest post at Go Bake Yourself!My Profile

    • Gosh, thank you Cindy! That is a great compliment, since my camera broke so I wasn’t too happy with the quality of the pictures – I’m so glad they’re ok!

  18. I have never had anything like this, but I am not very familiar with Spanish food. Guess I need to change that, this looks wonderful!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..Comment on Chicken Bacon Avocado Quesadillas #SundaySupper by Alaiyo KiasiMy Profile

    • Thanks Erin! Spain has some of my favourite dishes in the world – simple, flavourful food, it’s so good!

  19. Mmm…I make a lot of quiches for dinner so this is right up my alley. And it doesn’t get better then putting something in the oven, without having to stand at the stove stirring or constantly watching. I like that this is a very adaptable recipe too – you can throw in whatever’s in the fridge.

    • That’s exactly what I love about baked tortilla too – no standing at the stove, and using up whatever ingredients you have!

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