Spanish Tortilla With Harissa Sauce

“Potato perfection” isn’t exactly a common saying, but this recipe will bring it into your vernacular. Think of this dish like a giant potato pancake. It’s crispy and golden brown on the outside and tender and creamy on the inside. Slice it into wedges like a pie and serve it with your favorite salad. A quick homemade harissa aioli adds a ton of flavor and bright color. Harissa is sold in jars or tubes in most grocery stores in the international aisle but make sure to use one that’s appropriate to your heat preference: some of them can be very spicy.

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 463 calories
    • Fat 30 g
    • Sat Fat 8 g
    • Cholesterol 373 mg
    • Sodium 1,257 mg
    • Protein 17 g
    • Carbohydrate 31 g
    • Sugar 6 g
    • Fiber 4 g
“Potato perfection” isn’t exactly a common saying, but this recipe will bring it into your vernacular. Think of this dish like a giant potato pancake. It’s crispy and golden brown on the outside and tender and creamy on the inside. Slice it into wedges like a pie and serve it with your favorite salad. A quick homemade harissa aioli adds a ton of flavor and bright color. Harissa is sold in jars or tubes in most grocery stores in the international aisle but make sure to use one that’s appropriate to your heat preference: some of them can be very spicy.

Ingredients

  1. Check 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  2. Check pounds red potatoes, thinly sliced (about 4 cups) 
  3. Check 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  4. Check 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  5. Check teaspoons black pepper, divided
  6. Check 8 large eggs, beaten
  7. Check 5 ounces red leaf lettuce
  8. Check 4 teaspoons sherry vinegar, divided
  9. Check ¼ cup harissa
  10. Check 1 teaspoon sour cream
  11. Check 1 small clove garlic, grated

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler to high with rack 8 inches from heat.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a medium cast-iron skillet over medium- high. Add potatoes, shallots, 1½ teaspoons of the salt, and 1½ teaspoons of the pepper; cook, stirring often, until potatoes are tender but not browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons of the oil to the skillet. Stir eggs into potato mixture and pour into skillet, pressing into an even layer. Cook, without stirring, until sides and bottom are set and edges begin to pull away from skillet, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer to oven and broil until top is set and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Cover skillet with a large plate and carefully invert to release tortilla.
  5. Toss lettuce with 3 teaspoons of the vinegar and remaining 1 tablespoon oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  6. Combine harissa, sour cream, garlic, and remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar in a small bowl. Cut tortilla into wedges and serve with harissa sauce and salad.