Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."
C.S. Lewis, Novelist

The refrigerator light goes on...

This is a very typical Spanish tortilla. While Americans might think of this for breakfast, and it makes a great one, tortillas are more often eaten for lunch or later in the afternoon. In Spain you will even find thinly sliced tortilla on baguettes as sandwiches (these are known as bocadillos).

It is best to cook the potatoes until they are soft but not too soft. They should be a little bit firm since they will be cooked again for about an hour in the oven.

Roasting Peppers

The flavor of freshly roasted peppers with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and some capers is incomparable.

To roast your own peppers, start by setting the oven on broil. Wash the peppers and place them in the oven about 4 to 6 inches under the broiler. Check on them every two minutes or so, turning them one quarter turn at a time until they are well charred on the outside.

You can do this over the burner or grill but I find that you have to be more careful than with the broiler.

When the pepper is well charred, remove it from the oven and place in a paper bag. Close the bag and allow the pepper to cool completely. The skin will then slip off easily and, once sliced open, it is seeded just as easily.


Ham and Pimento Tortilla

Servings = 6 | Serving size =1/6 pie

Cooking Time = 60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2.

This recipe keeps well, refrigerated, up to 48 hours and can be served cold or hot. It can easily be multiplied but you must use separate pans for each pie.

3 quarts water
1 1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
2 large red bell peppers
2 ounces prosciutto or Serrano ham (diced)
8 large eggs
1/4 cup 2% milk
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Ham and Pimento Tortilla
Place the water in a large stock pot over high heat.

Place the potatoes in the water and cook for about 45 minutes until a knife slips into the flesh with easily but with slight resistance.

Remove the potatoes and chill.

While the potatoes are cooking preheat the oven to broil.

Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the oven rack and put the peppers on top.

Roast until blackened turning to cook on all sides.

Remove and place in a paper bag to cool.

When cool peel, seed and cut into 1/2 inch squares.

When the potatoes are cool cut them in half and then cut the halves into 1/4 inch sliices.

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Place the eggs, milk, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Whisk until well blended and slightly frothy.

Pour about 1/2 cup into the bottom of a 10 inch Pyrex pie dish.

Add the ham and bell peppers to the egg mixture and whisk.

Place a single layer of potatoes in the bottom of the Pyrex dish.

Pour in half of the egg mixture.

Place another layer of potato slices.

Pour in the remaining egg mixture and then top with the final layer of potato slices.

Lightly pat the slices down so that the top layer is slightly submerged.

Place the tortilla in the oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes.

Cool before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 1/6 pie

Servings = 6


Amount Per Serving

Calories 212 Calories from Fat 71
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 2g 10%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 288mg 97%
Sodium 328mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 5g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A 40% Vitamin C 133%
Calcium 5% Iron 13%
Vitamin K 6 mcg Potassium 766 mg
Magnesium 44 mg