The "timbale" is simply the presentation. The idea is to create individual portions that can be plated for a fancy presentation. If you don't have individual ramekins, you can use a baking dish instead for a larger serving.
Part I: Sweat the Turnips
Start with 3-4 medium turnips
, peeled and shredded. A good way to measure the amount of shredded turnip to use is to fill the ramekins or gratin dish to the top. The shredded turnip will reduce considerably in the sweating process.
Heat 2-3 tablespoons of butter in a non-stick saucepan over low-medium heat
. Add the shredded turnips. Use a rubber spatula to turn the turnips over and over. This will take quite a bit of time over medium low. The idea is to evaporate moisture from the turnips and not to add any color.
Meanwhile, chop a small onion and a couple cloves of garlic
into small, fine pieces. Mince two tablespoons of parsley leaves.
Add the onion, garlic and parsley
to the sweating turnips
This process may take up to an hour. Continue to turn the shredded turnips over and over. Press down with the spatula. Don’t hurry (or turn up the heat if you think the process is taking too long) as the turnips might burn. Not a pleasant taste.
Season the turnip mixture with salt and pepper and add a dash of nutmeg if you have it.
Part II: Basically, just make a béchamel with eggs and cheese…
3 TBS flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup grated hard cheese, like Flat Rock
Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Whisk in the flour. Once the flour and butter are combined, add the milk. Stir in slowly, and whisk until the béchamel thickens. Parker's version includes added dried thyme in this step.
Remove from the heat.
Whisk in the eggs and the cheese. Season well with salt and pepper.
If you are going to make individual ramekins, butter the bottom of the dishes. Cut a circle of parchment paper to cover the bottom of each ramekin and then butter the paper. If you are using a larger gratin baking dish, you don't need the paper and you can serve directly from this dish. The individual ramekins are just for presentation.
Stir in the sweated turnip mixture with the béchamel.
Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.
Fill the ramekins/baking dish with the mixture.
Tap the ramekins on the counter to make sure there are no air holes. Bake for about 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Rest them for 4-5 minutes.
Turn ramekins upside down onto the plate. Remove the paper and sprinkle with minced parsley (optional). If you used a larger dish, you can serve directly from the dish.
Happy Timbale Making!
-Trevor and the FFM Team