This Tortilla de Morcilla, or Spanish Omelette with Blood Sausage, is a delicious revelation with each new bite. In Spain omelettes are always made with potatoes, and the secret to success is sweating them in a lot of olive oil before adding the eggs.
Yes, yes, I am again hosting Food ‘n Flix for June. I went the subtitled route once more by picking the Spanish masterpiece Volver. With pen and paper in hand, I soon realized there was a lot more food in this movie than I remembered. Picking a recipe was hard but I chose one marked on a restaurant menu: a Tortilla de Morcilla, or Spanish Omelette with Blood Sausage.
Volver is a 2006 Spanish film about a matriarchal family, centering on Raimunda, who is forced to go to great lengths to protect her teenage daughter. The women travel a lot to their small natal windy village of Alcanfor de las Infantas. The women will come face to face with their past (ghost included), find comfort in the present by opening a restaurant where they live in Madrid, uncover family secrets worthy or a Maury Povich show, and start the healing process of old wounds.
I wish I could go into more details but there are a lot of side stories and honestly I do not want to ruin it for you.
Almodóvar the Great
The movie stars Penélope Cruz and is directed by the amazing Pedro Almodóvar. I am a big fan of his films. The film was the winner of two Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival for Best Actress and Best Screenplay. This may have been my fourth viewing of this film. I find something new every time and go through the many cycles of emotions.
It may come across as a tear jerker and chick flick but it really is not. I saw this film recently with 15 friends, half were men and half women, everyone loved it and was moved. So if you have not seen Volver yet, do yourself a favor and get a copy today!
So Honored to Host Again
This month’s Food ‘n Flix is hosted by me, here is my announcement post! In this monthly group a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. Join us!
Here is everything I have noted foodwise in the film and I am sure I missed some: wafers called barquillos de galleta, leftovers to take home (donuts, salsa, pickles?), bread, beer, orange juice, apples, pears, coca cola, tomatoes, melons, lemons, onions, potatoes, chunk of pork, sausage or chorizo, cookies, tortilla y morcilla, carne de cerdo, ensalata, wine, olives, broth, eggs, caipirinah, mojitos, boquerones, pinchos, cinta de lomo, pepito de temera, pulpo, mint, red & green peppers, and a caramel flan.
Tortilla de Morcilla
So apparently an omelette is not an omelette is not an omelette, depending on where you live. A Spanish omelette is a mix of potatoes and eggs, not just eggs. It makes for a much more nutritious and filling dish. You can add anything to it as well: any vegetable you like, sausage or chorizo, bacon, etc. If this is on brunch menus in Barcelona, let’s go now!
I made mine with blood sausage. It was written on the menu in one scene that took place in the restaurant “Tortilla y Morcilla”. After a search online I soon realized it was a popular recipe in Spain. And I am a HUGE FAN of black sausage, I even made some once from scratch! Finding an English version for the recipe was a challenge but I am so happy to add it to my growing collection of Spanish dishes.
In my recipe you sweat and braise the onions and potatoes for a while on a very low heat and with a lot of olive oil. Even though there is barely any seasoning in the recipe the Tortilla de Morcilla was busting with flavor. It’s my new favorite omelette.
Just be very careful when you flip the omelette midway. Mine was stuck a bit to my pan and fell apart. My first flip was a flop ha. Thankfully I was more careful once it was ready and flipped out to serve.
Tortilla de Morcilla | Spanish Omelette with Blood Sausage
- 1 pound / 450g potatoes peeled and sliced thinly
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1/2 cup / 125ml olive oil
- 5 ounces / 150g blood sausage sliced or cubed
- 8 eggs
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over low heat. Add the potatoes and the onions and stir well to coat. Keeping the heat on low, partially cover the skillet and cook for 20 minutes.
- Top with the blood sausage and cook about another 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked but not falling apart.
- In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add your eggs to the skillet, lifting the potatoes so the egg mixture goes under them. Cook on a medium heat for 4-5 minutes, or until the edges are cooked and nearly set on the top.
- Take a plate and invert the tortilla on to it and slide it back into the pan to cook the other side for 3-4 minutes. Leave the tortilla to rest 10 minutes before serving.
Nom! I love breakfast dishes and this would be right up my alley. Only had blood sausages while traveling but I liked them quite a bit.
If you have discovered blood sausage and gave it a thumbs ups then for sure you would love this 🙂
Umm, mm! Potatoes and sausage, a win win!!! It’s hard to beat a delicious omelet like this. And I will check out the movie!
Thanks Pam you would enjoy it…and hope you like the movie!
I’ve had a Spanish omelette before but never with blood sausage! It does sound terribly interesting and I wouldn’t mind trying it.
Thanks Rosemarie and if you like blood sausage you will LOVE it 🙂
I am so craving a tortilla and potatoes right now–so deceptively simple but so delicious.
Thanks again for hosting a great film pick! 😉
My pleasure and hope you try the recipe…..great quick and delicious dinner!
Could this BE any more Spanish? I think this is such a fantastic recipe, so few ingredients and so much flavour. Just perfect.
No, it could not be any more Spanish 😉 thank you Caroline!
Love this concept, you’ve inspired me to pay more attention to the food in films I watch! And adding an intensely flavoured ingredient like the sausage to an otherwise fairly simple dish is a great idea. We get plenty of eggs from our backyard chickens so I’m always looking for simple and tasty ways to put them to good use.
Thank you Elisa and yes agreed, an extra intense flavor adds a lot to the dish. Oh lucky to get fresh eggs like that 🙂
Saw Volver and love your tip of sweating potatoes with olive oil!
It really makes all the difference that tip Carol 🙂
What a fun event — it must have taken a lot of prep time to prepare all the food, but so much fun to gather and eat and watch a film!
Thanks Tami. Actually this is a virtual event. Bloggers watch the film at home, do a recipe, and post a blog post. We are to far apart to eat together alas. Hopefully one day! And this recipe I made is really easy 🙂
I love the whole Food ‘n Flix idea! I’ll have to look for Volver – it sounds great. I’m not sure I could eat the blood sausage, though.
Lois you should totally join us, it’s not a monthly obligation and next month is Dirty Dancing. For the omelette you can switch out the blood sausage for anything you like: sausage, veggies, etc. 🙂
Never have I ever done the blood sausage thing. And honestly, I don’t think I ever will.
I guess we are not twins separated at birth after all 🙁 LOL or I am the one that compensates by eating everything. See, we a re the perfect NO WASTE TEAM ha ha!
Thi is my frst exposure to the whole “Flix ‘n’ Food” concept. And I love it. What a fun way to choose and create a recipe and share with friends. Not so sure about the blood sausage, but otherwise this sounds delish. If I were picking a movie for that, it wouold probably have to be “Chocolat!”
Donna you should totally join us, it’s not a monthly obligation and next month is Dirty Dancing (childhood flashback!!!). The group is in it’s 6th year I think, Chocolat (great film) was done a long time ago. For the omelette you can switch out the blood sausage for anything you like: sausage, veggies, etc. 🙂
I don’t know if I have ever had a Spanish omelet but it might be something I have to try making. It seems simple enough. How many people can you serve with this dish?
Thanks Nate and yes it is simple and filling. The tricky part is the plate flip (about add a video of it) so just make sure with a spatula that nothing is sticking. Depending on your appetite, I would say a main meal 4 to 6 portions, or served with a salad 6 to 8 portions.
I think potatoes and sausages match perfectly! This is a great dish Evelyne!
Thank you so much Katerina 🙂
I love a mixture of blood sausage and potatoes, but I really don’t like proper tortilla with a runny middle! I’ve tried the best in Spain and I still don’t get it! My loss
Yay a blood sausge fan! My middle was not runny, maybe I overcooked it…..but I guess it would be more to your liking lol.
I almost made a tortilla (but had already done that for Pan’s Labyrinth. It’s it crazy how simple ingredients that are prepared correctly bring such flavor? Thanks for hosting. Fun round.
Sorry about the double comment. 🙂
Thank you Debra 🙂 and no worries haha about the double comments. Glad you enjoyed this month!
I really thought about doing this but I had made an Spanish tortilla for Pan’s Labyrinth. Your version looks sooooo good. Thanks for hosting, Evelyne!
I so want to reach out and grab a slice! It looks like the perfect comfort food. And it’s so easy too!
Yes it is very easy…except if something stuck tot he pan like in my first flip lol. really delicious dinner 🙂
I often make Spanish omelette myself at home; it’s such a cheap and easy meal, and so filling too – you can’t go wrong!
Yes it is cheap, easy and delicious! Ever tried it with blood pudding Kacie?
You always introduce me to new and interesting movies Eve. Such a fun group and a very good comfort food recipe.
Absolutely this is Spanish comfort food. You should try out the group some time 😀 ?
I can’t believe that I was so busy that I forgot about FnF. Your movie choice sounds fun too…..booooooo.
I will follow your roundup and live vicariously through everyone else.
Ah so sorry this month’s fnf escaped you. If you get a chance check out the film 🙂
I love the idea of Food n Flix! What a great combo! How do I get involved as a blogger? Also, this omelette looks so tasty! Love Love Spanish food!
Hey Gingey you should totally join the fun check this link out http://www.foodnflixclub.com/p/guidelines.html
Wow… I’d love to be part of the Food ‘n Flix – going to check that out. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned over the years as a Food (& Travel) Blogger. I’m a chef by trade (uhemm, not chef’d professionally now for 10 years tho), but it’s the food friends online that have inspired me the most to the various cultural ingredients. Never knew an omelette isn’t an omelette without spuds!!
Oh should totally join Anna and it’s not a monthly obligation. And that is so true your comment, I never go through my cookbooks anymore there is too much inspiration online. Indeed in Spain no spud you are omlette-ess lol.
I love Penelope Cruz and have seen Volver-hooray! 😀 I also adore morcilla-so much flavour 😀
OMG I think that is 2 months in a row that you have seen the movie lol. Yes morcilla is so good too bad people are afraid to eat it.
So hearty and delicious! It would be a lovely light summer meal!
P.S. I had no trouble with cracking when I rolled up my meringue roulade. It was remarkably soft. Moving it from pan to plate was another story 🙂
Yes I have been enjoying this for dinner with salad actually. Oh good to knwo aboutt he meringue…but yeah delicate still!
Potatoes and sausages are SO good together! Love a good Spanish Omelette (or tortilla). You do have to use a lot more olive oil than you think necessary, I find. Yours looks terrific — thanks.
Thanks John, so happy to see you are familiar with this dish. Are you a blood sausage fan too? Yes the olive oil is esential for the braising and I think that is why it is os good with only salt and pepper to flavor.
Here in Germany you see SAUSAGES everywhere..really everywhere. And there are thousands of different types of them..and I still haven’t tried one. This omelette with blood sausage and potato looks really hearty and delicious.
Tanks Angie. yeah I have a guy friend in Stuttgart, every time h write he says “I ate sausage” lol. I bet there are so many varieties. tyhey woud make a great option for this recipe.
We don’t get blood sausages where we live. Not sure why as we farm pigs in abundance. Great recipe Evelyn.
Sounds like you are a fan of blood sausage? Well you can substitute with any sausage or veggies too. It’s a flexible recipe. Thanks Tandy 🙂