|Potato Chip Tortilla|
When it comes to potato chips, I am the consumer Young & Rubicam had in mind when creating the iconic slogan for Lay’s Potato Chips: “Betcha can’t eat just one.” And I can’t. It doesn’t matter whether the potato chips are traditional, baked, Hawaiian style, flavored or my favorite, Rusty’s Potato Chips from Balboa Island. I eat them by the handful if they are proffered. But while potato chips may be haute cuisine within the snack foods category, I don’t think of them as a primary ingredient in French cooking. So I was intrigued that Jean-Francois Piege, former chef at Les Ambassadeurs—the Michelin-starred restaurant at Le Crillon--would pair one of my favorite snacks with eggs to create what the French call a “clin d’oeil.” In this case, a “wink” at the original Basque Tortilla that is essentially a frittata made with cubed potatoes.
I am from Montana originally and a tortilla meant a small, flat disk of cooked flour or corn that you slathered with butter or refried beans or wrapped around chicken, beef, fish or cheese. But some time ago, my intrepid sous chef told about his dining experience in Madrid where “tortilla” meant something like a frittata. So I was not surprised by the nature or manifestation of this recipe.
|Simple pantry ingredients - nothing special required|
|Eggs, Onion, Scallion, & Fresh Herbs|
|Egg mixture is combined with crushed potato chips|
|2 1/2 minutes on stovetop before broiling for 1 minute to set top|
|Finished product with a little garnishment of fresh herbs and tomato|
We debated about making it again, thinking something had gone wrong in the preparation or that the curly parsley we used instead of the mysteriously unavailable Italian flat parsley was the culprit. Iwanted to add bacon, cheese and salsa, but my sous chef pointed out we would not be “winking” at the Basque Tortilla, merely recreating it. So we dumped the remainder in the trash and moved on. In this case, we certainly had no problem “eating just one.”
This recipe can be found in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan, page 141.
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