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Spanish omelette

Spanish omelette

Pretty much anything that’s close to its use-by date can be transformed under the guise of a Spanish omelette. You can include cooked potatoes, cooked vegetables such as peas, leeks, carrots, courgettes, onions etc, that last rasher of bacon and cheese that’s going hard around the edges.
By Manchester City Council
Serves 2
Prep/Cook time: 10-20 minutes
A wooden serving spatula picking up a section of Spanish omelette

Ingredients

Leftover cooked potatoes
Leftover cooked bacon and/or sausage cut into chunks
This recipe works perfectly with frozen meat. Check what you have in your freezer and defrost meat thoroughly before cooking.
100g leftover cooked vegetables
1 onion, red or white
Use up what you have. Spring onions, leeks or shallots work well too.
1 tablespoon of oil, olive oil is best but any cooking oil is fine
3 or 4 eggs
3 tbsp of milk
50g grated cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

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Recipe

  1. Remember to defrost your meat. Defrost in the fridge and use within 24 hours, or in a microwave on ‘defrost’ directly before use. 

    This recipe works perfectly with frozen meat. Check what you have in your freezer and defrost meat thoroughly before cooking. If using defrosted cooked meat, you can only reheat this meat once so only cook what you can eat.
  2. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat together with the milk, salt and pepper.

  3. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add the onions. Fry them until they’re golden brown and softened a bit. If you are also using meat, add this to the pan now and fry for a few minutes.

  4. Chop the leftover potatoes and put them into the pan (stirring all the time) and then add the cooked vegetables.

  5. Add the egg mixture to the pan, then sprinkle the grated cheese on top.

  6. Lower the heat and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for about 12 minutes (until the egg has set) then cut it into wedges and serve while it’s hot!

Make the most of your leftovers
Store in
Airtight container
Time
2 days
Where to store
Fridge
Reheat
Oven or microwave until piping hot. Reheat only once.

Perfect portions

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