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Everyday Cooking - Pepper and Mushroom Tortilla

August 2011                                                                                                                                    

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Pepper and Mushroom Tortilla

TortillaI love this dish because it is delicious, nutritious and easy to make. It looks impressive too! It is rather like a thick omelette, or quiche without the pastry. This Spanish dish is best eaten at room temperature, cut into wedges. It makes ideal picnic food, an easy lunch, or great as part of a cold buffet, eaten with salad….

Serves 4


1 large thinly sliced onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 thinly sliced peppers, one green and one red
6 oz button mushrooms thinly sliced
6 eggs, beaten
4 ozs mature grated cheese
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper


In a large non-stick pan heat the oil and fry the onion, mushrooms, garlic and peppers on a moderate heat for five minutes until softened.  

Pour in half the eggs, then sprinkle over half the cheese, then the rest of the eggs, seasoning as you go. Finish with a layer of cheese.

Continue to cook on a low heat without stirring. When the mixture is firm put the pan under a hot grill to just lightly seal the top. Leave the tortilla in the pan to cool which helps it firm up and makes it easier to turn out of the pan. Best eaten at room temperature.

Garnish with chopped parsley.

* Variations.

If you prefer, you can use any lightly cooked vegetables such as finely chopped potatoes, asparagus, brocolli or peas.. You can freeze any tortilla left over or halve the quantities of the ingredients if you want to use this recipe for two people only.

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