Sometimes the best food is the easiest. When I was growing up, my Dutch mother used to make a simple meal out of fried tomatoes and onions. We would dip our fresh, buttered bread in it and practically lick up any remnants from the plate. So, when presented with a challenge like the one Saucy Mama gave me--to make up a recipe using a Saucy Mama product and only use 5 total ingredients--my first thought went to that simple meal of tomatoes and onions. A Spanish omelette seemed very fitting. It turns out that a traditional Spanish omelette is not only simple to make, but combined with the Southwest taste of Saucy Mama's Sante Fe Creamy Chipotle Dressing, a trendy, plate-licking, worthy appetizer or main dish.
Speaking of trendy, I'm sure you have all heard of Spanish tapas--little snacks that are found all over Spanish restaurants. You can order one or two for an appetizer, or several for a meal. Well, it seems that the Spanish Omelette, or Spanish Tortilla as it is also known, is considered to be a very common tapas. So now we have a little fusion, a little tradition, a little trendy, and a whole lot of tasty!
Spanish Omelette (Tortilla de Patatas) with Chipotle Tomato Sauce
5-6 tablespoons olive oil, divided5 medium Russet potatoes, thinly sliced and lightly salted
½ large sweet onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup Saucy Mama Sante Fe Creamy Chipotle Dressing
5 large eggs
I used a food processor to get the potato slices nice and thin. I also kept the slices in cold water until I needed them. This keeps the potatoes from turning grey from the starch. Be sure to dry off the potatoes with some paper toweling before adding to the oil.
Heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil in a 10 inch non-stick skillet over medium high heat; reduce heat to medium and carefully add the sliced potatoes. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes have softened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
In the mean time, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in another 10 inch skillet over medium high heat. Lower the heat to medium and add the chopped onion. Sauté for about 5 minutes, or until softened but not browned. Add the chopped tomatoes and continue to cook until the tomatoes are soft, another 8-10 minutes. Lower the heat to simmer and stir in the chipotle dressing. Heat through and remove from heat.
I resisted the urge to salt my onions and tomatoes. The Saucy Mama Creamy Sante Fe Chipotle Dressing has plenty of spices--the sauce is well-seasoned.
Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt and, using a whisk, beat the eggs until frothy. Carefully pour the potatoes into the eggs, reserving the pan for the omelette, and stir until well mixed.
Be sure to keep stirring the potatoes--you want them to be soft, but not brown and crispy.
Add an additional tablespoon of oil to the reserved pan and reheat. Pour the egg and potato mixture into the pan, reducing the heat to medium. Cook the eggs, shaking the pan frequently, until the eggs are half set. Cover the pan with a large plate and carefully flip the omelette onto the plate. Add additional oil to the pan, if needed and slide the omelette back into the pan with the uncooked side down. Cook until entirely set, about 5 minutes more. Allow the omelette to cool slightly before cutting into wedges. Spoon 2-3 tablespoons of the tomato sauce over each wedge before serving. The omelette may be served warm or at room temperature.
Getting the omelette onto the plate the first time is a little tricky. Be careful not to spill hot oil on your hands....ouch!
The sauce looks a little like tomato soup. I used some of the leftovers as a chip dip--it was outstanding!
Hubby tried it plain, but decided it was best with the sauce!
Not sure where to buy the Saucy Mama products? I haven't seen them in Minnesota, but with the wonder that is the Internet, we can buy all of the Saucy Mama we want on line. Just click here to see what they have to offer: Saucy Mama While you're at it, go ahead and give them a quick "like" on their Facebook page.
Don't forget to enter to win a selection of Saucy Mama product. Just leave a comment under my first Saucy Mama recipe, Tri-Tip Hoagies with Sweet Heat Slaw.