This potato, onion and fennel tortilla is my favourite recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals cookbook. The slightly caramelised potatoes and red onions are delicious encased in the egg, and the fennel seeds are a really interesting addition. As you can see my tortilla turned out flatter and more like an omelette, but it doesn’t matter either way!
We ate our omelette/tortilla with baked trout and peas and sweetcorn, but it would also be nice with a salad and/or sausages. My kids enjoy eating it with their hands (hence it also makes a great cold snack the next day)! Allow about 30 minutes to make.
Fennel seeds are one of my *exciting ingredients* and also work well in fish pies and Mediterranean tomato based sauces. They are cheap and last for months in the cupboard!
Potato, Onion and Fennel Tortilla (serves 4-6 with a side)
200g potatoes, chopped very small in to approx 1cm chunks (I don’t bother peeling – I like the nutty texture)
1 red (or white) onion, chopped small
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 large clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp dried mixed herbs or handful of fresh rosemary/parsley, chopped
5 eggs, lightly beaten, with a little salt and pepper
Fry the potatoes in a frying pan in oil on a medium heat until they start to soften and get a little golden (about 8-10 mins), then add the onion, fennel seeds and herbs. Mix well and keep stirring for another 6 mins or so, until the onion is soft. Add the garlic and stir, then pour the eggs in. Briefly stir and swirl the eggs in the pan until the pan is covered and the other ingredients are nicely spread out.
Once the egg starts to set around the edges, you have two choices. You can either finish the tortilla off by cooking the top for a few minutes under the grill until set (my preferred option) or you can leave it on the hob to gently cook through.
Once cooked, carefully cut the tortilla in to wedges and eat alongside whatever you fancy.