Ferran Adrià’s Potato Chip Omelet
This recipe, adapted from the cookbook “The Family Meal: Home Cooking With Ferran Adrià” (Phaidon, 2011), is a study in simplicity. The chef of El Bulli, the famous Spanish restaurant, Mr. Adrià created an omelet reminiscent of a Spanish tortilla that comes together in minutes using only eggs, salted potato chips and olive oil. As with any recipe calling for just a few ingredients, quality truly matters here, so opt for the best potato chips, the finest olive oil and the freshest eggs. There’s no need to season the dish with salt, Mr. Adrià advises, since the chips are already salted, but serving the omelet with salt and pepper adds nuance. If you like, add finely sliced chives, a handful of grated Manchego or perhaps a pinch of piment d’Espelette or paprika like a true tortilla Española.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 12large eggs
- 6ounces potato chips (about 6 cups)
- 2tablespoons olive oil
- Kosher salt and black pepper, for serving (optional)
Step 1Crack the eggs into a medium bowl and whisk vigorously until frothy and lightened in color, about 4 minutes. (If you have a balloon whisk, now is the time to use it: It will aerate better than a standard whisk, and should take half the time and effort. Either way, your arm will burn by the end of this, but a fluffy, puffy omelet will be your reward.)
Step 2Add 1 tablespoon oil to a 10-inch nonstick skillet and heat over medium.
Step 3Add the chips to the eggs. Using a plastic spatula, gently fold a few times to ensure chips are coated. Let the chips soak for 1 minute.
Step 4Pour the mixture into the skillet, using the spatula to spread the potatoes into an even layer, then to loosen the omelet from the sides of the pan.
Step 5After the bottom of the omelet is just about set — it should barely take on color but the top isn’t completely set — 3 to 4 minutes, cover the omelet with an upside-down plate or a large, flat lid. Holding one hand flat against the plate and holding the skillet by its handle, gently flip over the omelet to release it onto the plate.
Step 6Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet, then carefully slide the omelet from the plate, uncooked-side-down, into the pan and cook for about 2 minutes. Slide the omelet onto a plate, slice and serve immediately.