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Sacromonte Omelette

A Granada variation on the traditional potato omelette with some, er, special ingredients

The popular local version of Spain's ubiquitous potato omelette has its origins with the Roma (gypsies) who have for centuries inhabited the cave dwellings of Granada's Sacromonte hill. The traditional story goes that every year Sacromonte Abbey invited the bishop to dine during the Feast of San Cecilio, the city's patron saint. One year, a huge pig had been butchered for the occasion (in some version it's a lamb), but the night before, the meat was stolen. Making a virtue of necessity, the monk who did the abbey cooking decided to use what the thieves left - brains, testicles, offal, and the like - and mix it into an omelette. And so to this day those remain the central ingredients of the tortilla de Sacromonte, though various recipes add various other ingredients. Perhaps a delicacy that's not for the culinarily squeamish - but on the other hand, don't knock it till you've tried it!

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