Easy savoury pie: potato and cheese timbale recipe
Four kinds of cheese and some potatoes. Simple and tasty
This is a timbale (savoury pie, flan, I don't know exactly... it's "a good thing"), made with potatoes and cheese. The original recipe for this timbale was with brie cheese, but I didn't have it at home, so I improvised.
Being the result of improvisation, I cannot give you the exact quantities of the ingredients, but you know how I think: pastry is science, but cooking is feeling.
So. Find your feeling, and then let's go!
Potatoes, milk, breadcrumbs, salt, black pepper, oil (or butter). Then, we need three types of soft cheese (I used Fontina, Toma and Grignetta), plus Parmesan.
Cut the potatoes into 5mm slices. Try to make them all the same. Then, put a pan with salted water on the stove – and when it boils, put the potatoes in. They have to cook for 8-10 minutes; no more, otherwise they break.
In the meantime, butter the pan (or, if you have oil, brush it). Then, pass the breadcrumbs over it. It is not essential, but it helps to stop the potatoes from sticking to the pan.
If you have drained the potatoes, you should now have them in a bowl. Without getting burned, we can start making the first layer: potatoes, a bit of each cheese – and if you're in the mood, even a little black pepper (no breadcrumbs!). Also, add three or four spoons of milk per layer. This will help the potatoes finish cooking, and gives the timbale a creamier consistency.
One important thing: the salt is reserved only for the water at the beginning of the recipe. Do not add any more, because the cheese is already quite salty.
Continue layer by layer until you run out of ingredients. At the top, just add potatoes, Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Then, if you want, you can add two flakes of butter, or a drizzle of oil to toast the crust on top.
Have you preheated the oven to 200°C? If you haven't, this is the time. When the oven has reached its temperature, cook everything for 30 minutes – and if the crust has not yet formed, continue for an extra 5 minutes using the grill function. Be careful because the grill can burn the timbale in an instant!
The timbale is ready. It's perfect served warm, as in the photo. What do you think?