Recipe courtesy of Jill Matsuoka

Vegetable Timbales

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

Corn Custard, recipe follows

1 to 2 leeks, green part only reserving the white for other uses, blanched and cut in-half lengthwise

2 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

3 zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

3 tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

1 eggplant, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

3 yellow squash, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

Roasted red peppers

Spinach leaves

Corn custard:

4 cups raw corn, cut from the cob

8 eggs

4 cups cream

2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoons fresh thyme

1 tablespoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare 1 batch of corn custard and set aside. Dry roast all the vegetable rounds until wrinkly, but not too brown. Let cool. Meanwhile, spray 8 souffle dishes with pan coating. Line the edges of the dishes with the leeks horizontally. Arrange 3 to 4 carrot rounds on the bottom of each dish making a "flower." Follow layers in this order: zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant, yellow squash, and red peppers. Place the rounds in concentric circles fully covering the previous layer.
  2. Ladle the corn custard over the entire timbale. Once the custard is up to the lip, cover with spinach leaves. Press the leaves lightly into the custard to coat.
  3. Cover with foil and bake until the custards reach a temperature of 150 degrees F.

Corn custard:

  1. Put corn in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the cream, just enough to blend and add to the corn. Add the remaining ingredients and blend. Pour over timbales and bake.