Five ingredients for a flawless tortilla
In the traditional tortilla Española, or Spanish omelet, the quality and careful preparation of each ingredient--eggs, olive oil, garlic, onion and potato--is critical. However, even the classic dish's bare-bones ingredients are up for debate. Some declare it must include garlic, others omit the onion, but all agree it must include olive oil--and lots of it. Seamus Mullen, the executive chef and owner of New York City's brand-new Tertulia, adheres to that principle, employing abundant olive oil to poach each vegetable until tender and flavorful. The careful cooking ensures each bite of tortilla speaks well of each of its few ingredients.
Yield: one 12-inch tortilla
2 cups high-quality olive oil
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed slightly
3 large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch rounds