- 2 cups (packed and finely chopped) mixed vegetables
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/3 cup plus 4 tablespoons (reserved) grated cheese
- 4 tablespoons half-n-half
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
- Prepare 2 cups of vegetables, chopped finely, however you like. For this recipe, I used about 3/4 cup chopped organic swiss chard, 3/4 cup chopped fennel root, and 1/2 cup chopped onion, fried in olive oil , finished with a tablespoon of marsala wine, and cooled.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs until lightly beaten through, then add the breadcrumbs (I used panko because I had them on hand), 1/4 cup cheese, half-n-half, salt, and pepper.
- Mix to combine then stir in the cooled vegetables until evenly distributed.
- Place 4 large ramekins or small tart pans (like the ones shown in the picture) into a lasagna pan or any pan deep enough to hold them and about 1/2 inch of water.
- Spray the tart pans them with non-stick coating and fill them roughly 3/4 full of the egg-vegetable mixture.
- Sprinkle the top of each timbale with 1 tablespoon of the reserved shredded cheese.
- Fill the lasagna pan with water so that there is about half an inch of it in the pan.
- Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the timbale comes out clean and cheese on top is bubbly and lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.
This is the perfect way to use up those little bits of leftovers that you've got in the fridge. Even soup works in this recipe for one very big reason: breadcrumbs.
Unlike quiche, timbales are very forgiving about their temperature. Quiche is, in essence, an egg custard with additions. The addition of breadcrumbs makes it harder for the custard to break or flop while you're cooking it. Don't let the water bath intimidate you!
Another idea for making these is to make ones that are even smaller, using foil-lined or silicone baking cups. Make these ahead of time, freeze a few (no longer than a month), and you can easily include single lunch servings in your bento or lunch box for work and school!
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