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Spinach tortilla with pine nuts

Spinach Tortilla with Pine Nuts

This classic Spanish omelet is a recipe that deserves a place in any cook’s repertoire.

The caramelized onion is utterly delicious, making a beautiful contrast with the richness of the eggs – while the vibrant spinach lightens the whole dish and the sautéed pine nuts contribute their luxurious nuttiness.

But no matter how tantalizing the ingredients, the most important thing with a good tortilla, at least in my book, is that it be moist. Inverting the tortilla and cooking the second side for only seconds will guarantee a beautiful result – worth both the trouble and the slight shakiness of your hand if you’ve never attempted the maneuver before.

Today’s spinach tortilla is ideal for lunch or a light dinner, served with a simple side of crisp greens. But I love serving it tapas style as well – where it is equally delectable warm and at room temperature.

Food & wine pairing: Sherry with spinach tortilla

Dessert-sherry wine iconIf you’re serving this tortilla as part of a tapas menu, then without a doubt open a bottle of fino or manzanilla sherry. (Two stunning sherries that are exquisite with tapas: Valdespino Inocente Fino Sherry and Deliciosa Manzanilla.) If you’re serving it for lunch, or for a light dinner, then opt for a rosé – a Garnacha (Grenache) rosé from Spain would be lovely.

Spinach Tortilla

Spinach tortilla with pine nuts

serves 4
active time: 40 min

For the spinach

  1. 1 tablespoon sea salt for blanching
  2. 1 large bunch spinach (12 oz) (340 g) – stems trimmed, thoroughly washed and spin-dried

For the tortilla

  1. 3 tablespoons Spanish extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 large Spanish onion – skinned, quartered and finely sliced
  3. 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  4. 2 large garlic cloves – skinned and minced
  5. 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
  6. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  7. 8 large organic eggs
  8. freshly ground black pepper to taste
  9. olive oil for the pan

  1. Step 1: Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with cold water and several ice cubes. When the water is boiling, add the salt and the spinach leaves, pushing them down so that all the leaves are submerged in the boiling water. Boil for 30 seconds. The leaves should be bright green. Drain and transfer to the bowl filled with iced water. When the spinach is totally cooled, drain, squeeze all extra liquid out and lay on paper towels. Chop the spinach roughly, separate the leaves and place in a bowl.
  2. Step 2: Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and onions and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes until pale-golden. Add the pine nuts and sauté for 2 more minutes until the pine nuts are golden. Add the garlic and cayenne. Toss well and sauté for an additional 30 seconds. Add the spinach and 1/4 teaspoon salt, toss again and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Step 3: In a large bowl place the eggs, balance of salt, and black pepper to taste. Whisk vigorously only a few times until barely mixed. Add the onion/spinach mixture and stir with a wooden spoon.
  4. Step 4: Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a little olive oil just to cover the pan (about 1 tablespoon) and pour the egg/spinach mixture into the pan. Shake the pan vigorously for a few seconds so the eggs line the pan evenly. Continue to sauté for 1 minute undisturbed and then reduce heat to medium. Continue sautéing until the eggs are firm on the edges but still wobbly in the center, and the bottom is golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes. Invert the tortilla unto a plate and slide it back into the pan top-side-down. Continue cooking until the bottom is just set, only about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer to a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

omelet, tortilla, spinach

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12 Comments

  • Reply Suzi March 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I saw this on Google+ and it looks quite tasty. I have serious trouble trying to turn these over, practice I suppose.

  • Reply Corina March 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I love how absolutely cramed full of spinach this is. Spinach and eggs go so well together.

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes March 13, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I am HUNGRY just looking at the photos! Pine nuts and spinach…what a creative and delicious combination!

  • Reply Treat and Trick March 14, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Great combo and you have done it beautifully!

  • Reply Ben March 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I bet the pinenuts gave it an amazing flavor and texture.

  • Reply Liz March 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love adding spinach to my egg dishes…and with the caramelized onions, this is truly a winner! Beautifully done~

  • Reply Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Love this recipe. It looks like fritata, bursting with so much flavor and color :)

  • Reply Tina@flourtrader March 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    This is about the most delicious spanish omelette I have seen! Packed with a lot of delicious ingredients, love the spinach pine nut mix. Your picture is very enticing-well done!

    • Reply Viviane March 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you Tina – you are so kind!

  • Reply Baker Street March 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

    What a nice fluffy omelette! It looks absolutely perfect for breakfast. love that you added a spinach pine nut mix.

  • Reply mjskit March 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I love pine nuts and greens together and this tortilla is certainly no exception! What a great recipe and you can tell from your gorgeous pictures that it’s cooked perfectly! Mine would have a break down the middle where it broke when I flipped it. :)

  • Reply Donna Ford April 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Looks yummy Viviane! Pine Nuts is something I can buy in our super markets. Also we can gather them from the Pinion Trees here in Nevada but it’s really messy. Nice to buy them from the store.

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