What exactly is a “Torta”? It is a cake, pie, pastry, sandwich, Tapas, or omelette? I know it can get confusing. The quick answer is all of the above! What? How can that be? Well it really depends on where you are and what language you’re speaking.
“Torta” is a word derived from latin and means different things is different languages. In Mexico “Torta” refers to a sandwich; in Italy and Portugal it refers to a cake, pie, or pastry; in Spain it can be a cake or pie, or even a Tapas; in the Philippines it’s an omelette. Yup definitely confusing.
For today’s recipe I’ll be using the Filipino definition of Torta, we’ll be making an omelette.
In the Philippines torta refers to an omelette that can be filled with meat, potatoes, or eggplants. It’s made to look sort of like a cake, not the folded omelettes you normally see on the breakfast menus at IHOP or Denny’s.
Filipinos eat torta for any meal, usually with steamed white rice. Growing up we had it for dinner. It’s a basic Filipino comfort food which I make for my family all the time. It’s simple and fast.
Tortas can be made with ground beef or pork or eggplants, but we prefer it with just potatoes and onions. I serve it on meatless Monday’s! Another family favorite is Torta Talong (Eggplant Omelette).
Today I’m going to share my favorite Torta recipe. I love it with rice and dip it in ketchup. Try it, you might just like it!
A quick tip, use a small frying pan to make this torta so you can flip it over without breaking it.
Torta – Filipino Potato Omelette
2 large potatoes – diced
1 small onion – minced
1/2 tsp. garlic – minced
5 Large Eggs – beaten
Salt & Pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Heat about 2 Tbs. of oil
Add diced potatoes and saute until they start to turn golden brown and soften
Add onions, saute until onion are translucent
Add garlic, saute until the potatoes are cooked – stir constantly to keep the potatoes from burning and sticking to the pan, add another Tbs. of oil if needed – don’t let the pan run out of oil
Season with salt & pepper to taste
Add more oil if needed, about another Tbs.
When potatoes are cooked pour beaten eggs into pan, make sure the beaten eggs spread out evenly in the pan and touch the pan edge.
Cook about 3-4 minutes or until the eggs start to dry up
Carefully flip your torta over and cook another 2-3 minutes or until done
Slide onto serving dish and slice into wedges.
Serve hot with your choice of starch and condiments.