These savoury Root Vegetable Timbales are an elegant and tasty way to incorporate sweet potato, squash and rutabaga into your meal.
Our holiday crowd is very large so there are many favourite dishes that the meal would not be complete without. Many years 80% of the rutabagas are left over, 70% of the sweet potatoes, 50% of the squash…the list goes on…you get the picture. I found a way to cover off everyone’s favourites without having to make multiple root vegetable casseroles.
I usually turn them into soups at some point which works well but it is still a lot of work to make several side casseroles in addition to the other potatoes and vegetables.
Timbale is a French term for a dish that is tapered on the bottom and usually holds layers of meat, vegetables or cake. I just sounds better then ‘muffin cups’! These little layered cups are just the answer. You get a taste of sweet potato, squash & rutabaga nicely spiced. Every body gets a hit of their favourite and it isn’t overwhelming for those that just want to try a taste. The sage and brown butter give them a classic savoury flavour hit.
You could substitute turnips for the rutabaga or acorn squash for the butternut squash. Choose whatever you prefer or what is available at your farmer’s market.
Be sure to use muffin cups and liners so you can eject the timbales after they are baked.
I tried positioning the pecans in the bottom of the muffin cup and then adding the batter. They sunk into the purée and kind of got lost. It makes an nicer presentation if you top the timable with the toasted pecan after you have removed the muffin cup liner. You might also try to spreading toasted ground pecans on the bottom of the liner if you want a one-step approach.
You can make these ahead and store in the fridge for up to 2 days, or freeze. Reheat in oven in medium/low heat til warm through. If frozen, reheat from frozen until just heated through.
All in all, I would say these are a perfect fall vegetable dish and especially suited to a holiday meal.