Brunch is, for many of us, the best meal of the week. With the temperatures dipping and the holiday crowds in full force, brunch at home can be just as leisurely as brunch out, if not more so this time of year.
For the Boston blogger potluck last weekend, one of the dishes I made was a simple, delicious tortilla española. This make-ahead dish is easy, and it is ideal to make ahead of time. I was still eating leftovers days later, and it tasted great.
I started by thinly slicing 6 small potatoes. I like this multi-colored medley from Trader Joe’s.
After patting the potatoes dry, I lightly salted them and put them into a pan of hot oil. Most of the recipes I read called for several cups of oil, but I used less than half a cup. This helped me to lightly brown the potatoes on one side, but it didn’t really fry them. Confession: lots of hot oil scares the bejeezus out of me. I am always terrified of a fire or it splashing up in my face.
As the potatoes browned, I laid them in a layer at the bottom of a glass baking dish.
After the potatoes were done cooking, I let them cool while sautéing a medium yellow onion, chopped into small pieces. I cooked the onion until translucent and then let that cool a little before pouring in 6 beaten eggs. I stirred the onion, eggs, and freshly ground black pepper, then poured it in over the potatoes. A traditional tortilla calls for stovetop cooking, but I decided to bake this in the oven, a method that required less of my attention.
I baked it for about 30 minutes at 350 and then put it under the broiler on high for 3 minutes to brown the top.
I served this with a side of sriracha aioli, a simple mix of sriracha and mayonnaise.
Add in some fresh fruit, some great bread, and a couple of mimosas, and you have brunch in your pajamas for a fraction of the price of going out!
My brunch will definitely be spent at home this weekend. Looking at my calendar, life gets crazy starting this week. I am looking forward to lots of fun including:
Dinner with some of my favorite food and wine people at Towne
Three more wine classes and a final exam
A cooking class at the Four Seasons
Some blogger fun at the new Met Back Bay
An event at Whole Foods
Wine tasting at the Urban Grape
Dinner at 10 Center
And lots more!
How is your December shaping up?