French Fridays with Dorie: Potato Chip Tortilla

I was absent for the past couple of weeks, so it’s good to be back for French Fridays with Dorie! My excuse was an extended celebration of my 50th birthday. This week’s Potato Chip Tortilla was an easy way to return. Tortilla is Spanish for frittata. Though Dorie recommends this recipe as a light lunch or appetizer, I served this near-instant baked omelet for dinner.

I couldn’t believe how easily this came together. And, the ingredients are things I usually have around. We get a dozen eggs every other week from Howard’s co-worker’s chickens. Miraculously, the sage in my back door herb garden is hanging in there, so was homegrown. And there’s often a near-forgotten bag of chips leftover from a weekend lunch that’s hanging around in the snack drawer.

Here’s what you do: You crush half a bag of potato chips (I used reduced fat chips), then whisk together eggs, scallions, fresh herbs (I used sage and parsley), garlic, and a pinch of red pepper and combine with the chips. Then, you cook the eggs in a small well-oiled cast-iron skillet. The pan I used was about 7 inches which gave nice height to the tortilla. I thought it might be a little tall, so I gave it a few extra minutes and cooked it for about 5 minutes on the stovetop, until mostly set, then it spent a minute or two under the broiler to finish the top. The tortilla slid right out of the pan onto a cutting board, where I cut it in half and served it for dinner with a green salad on the side.

It was a hit! Howard loved it as did I. This would be great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It’s the perfect thing to use up a leftover bag of potato chips.

Along with not being able to cook with my cyber-friends the past couple of weeks, I’ve missed being able to read their blogs too. You can check out the other Dorista’s posts about their tortillas here. If you’d like the recipe, you’ll have to buy the book, Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. If you don’t have it, it’s the perfect holiday gift for you or your favorite home cook.

I’m looking forward to next week’s recipe, Crème Brulée, my favorite restaurant dessert, but something I’ve never tried at home! Until then, Happy French Friday!


Posted on 16 December 2011, in French Fridays with Dorie and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Hiya Betsy, happy belated 50th birthday! Hope it was all fun and laughter and I can see why you’d want that extended celebration ;). Happy you chose to come back on board with this tortilla, it tasted really lovely, didn’t it? Like you, I can’t wait for the brulée too!

  2. Happy Birthday Betsy!
    I had my birthday on Sunday as well! Wonder if that makes us both sagittarians?!
    The tortilla really was so good and so easy! Perfect for busy times!

  3. Happy Birthday! (belated)
    This weird/ mild fall has definitely left things greener longer up in the Northeast. It’s great that you are still able to pull things.
    Have a great weekend.

  4. Happy belated birthday! I think it was well within your right to skip a couple of weeks. Your tortilla turned out great!

  5. Happy birthday! This was a great recipe to come back to since it’s such an easy one. You really could serve it for any meal of the day.

    We’re looking forward to the creme brulee too!

  6. Hi, Betsy! We also enjoyed this and had it for a late night meal. This was a perfect recipe choice for this week as it has been so hectic. That is so great that you still have herbs in your garden. Mine have taken a beating with the freezing temps we have had the last few nights. So glad you are back cooking with us and I hope you have a great weekend.

  7. Happy Birthday! Glad you loved the tortilla – huge egg and potatoes fan here myself. :)

  8. I also loved that it used things that were already in my pantry. Sage is a great addtion.

  9. Happy birthday! Looks like this dish was a winner. Who doesn’t love a good, quick, satisfying recipe?

  10. Happy belated Birthday! I think birthdays shoudl be a month long celebrarion personally! Love that you used sage with this – that had to be a great addition for flavor!

  11. So glad to hear that you enjoyed it! We liked it too and I can’t wait to try it with some flavored chips!

  12. Welcome back Betsy! I look forward to creme brulee next week too. Isn’t it nice to have easy recipes every once in a while?

  13. Happy Birthday!! Glad you enjoyed this one! Nice to have something you like welcome you back!!!

  14. Glad you guys enjoyed the tortilla! Since I’m trying to lose 2 pounds by 12/31 chips in my eggs didn’t make me happy. I’d rather have that fat in a cookie, or creme brulee!


  16. Happy birthday, and your tortilla looks wonderful. Tricia and I both thought this was easy, and I would like to try again and try other flavors. It is
    a great way to finish off a bag of broken chips.

  17. Congratulations on your birthday. This was à great and easy recipe to join the group again. Your tortilla looks great.

  18. yours look delish! Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!

  19. Happy birthday! Love that you still have sage!

  20. A little jingle just entered my head when I saw this picture:
    Yum ditty yum ditty yum yum yum.

  21. Happy Birthday! I think you should celebrate your milestone birthday all month or two if you like;-)
    We also enjoyed the tortilla for dinner with a green salad and will make it again for a quick and easy dinner. Welcome back, look forward to next week’s recipe!

  22. I read that this is in the new Ferran Adria book. Looks like Dorie beat him to the idea. I love tortilla and make it all the time–I have to admit this sounds kind of crazy, but I’m curious.

    Happy New Year!

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