Harvest time in farm country….
It’s a lovely, warm, fall Sunday evening and the harvester just arrived to do the soy bean field.
No need to worry about closing the windows to keep out the dust – we’ve been enduring an invasion of Asian Lady Bugs so we can’t have windows open anyway.
And last night when I opened the door to let the dogs out I stepped on a big, fat toad nestled up against the threshold.
The dogs didn’t see it of course…. It wasn’t moving.
Oh yes – and the stink bugs are everywhere.
Fall is still my favorite season – I just have to remind myself more often at the moment.
On another note – I’m eating potatoes again, as well as pasta and rice and barley and quinoa.
When I learned that I was ‘fat in France’ I decided to lose weight. One of the ways I did that was to quit eating potatoes.
Last year I decided to cut back on dairy. In addition to stopping the incessant cheese nibbling I started drinking my coffee and tea black.
I started losing weight again….. So I started eating potatoes again.
Potato and Shallot Timbales
Total time: 50 minutes
- 2 medium potatoes, (12oz, 360gr)
- 2 medium shallots, (3oz, 90gr)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) milk
- 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) shredded cheese
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Generously butter the bottoms and sides of 2 ramekins or small baking dishes.
- Line the bottom with parchment paper and butter it also
- Shred the potatoes and shallots using large holes on box grater.
- Whisk egg and milk.
- Add potatoes, shallots, cheese, salt, pepper and stir well.
- Divide and put into baking dishes.
- Cover loosely and bake (400F, 200C) 25 minutes.
- Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer.
- Remove and let rest 5 minutes.
- Run a knife around the edges of the dish. Put a plate on top and tip over, releasing the timbale onto the plate.
- Remove parchment paper and serve.
I used these cute little covered baking dishes:
They are slightly different than my ramekins (on the left).
To give you an idea of size: the ramekin holds about 7/8th cup (7oz, 210ml) of water and the covered dish is just slightly larger. The ramekin fits inside.
The recipe would not have fit into the my ramekins so I would suggest 8oz ramekins or equivalent.
Or use whatever baking dish you have in whatever size you have for 1 or 2 or more.
This is cooking…. not rocket science.
I’m going outside to help the dogs watch the harvester. It’s very important work.